Rose McIver, who plays Amber Moore in Netflix’s A Christmas Prince, told Glamour this week that Meghan Markle was “certainly” an inspiration in the franchise’s sequel, aptly titled A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding. Watch five minutes of the new movie—which hits Netflix today—and that’s abundantly clear.
It centers on Amber’s acclamation into the Aldovian royal family, where she finds herself challenging the traditions and protocols Prince Richard (Ben Lamb) and his relatives have followed for years. Meghan Markle reportedly has a history of doing the same when it comes to the British royal family—so, in that respect, she and Amber are very similar. In fact, Markle’s “royal rule-breaker” narrative is all over this movie—as well as some softer references to her wedding, relationship, and life with Prince Harry.
Below, check out all the maybe-probably-definitely references to the Duchess of Sussex in A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding. PS: Very light spoilers ahead.
1. Amber has a personal blog; Meghan ran a lifestyle website called “The Tig.”
2. The couple goes back and forth between Aldovia and New York, much like Meghan and Harry shuttled between Toronto and London during their dating phase.
3. There’s a “waving to the commoners from a car” scene! Look familiar?
4. Amber is tabloid fodder. News outlets may have covered Meghan and Harry once or twice.
5. Someone tells Amber that royal “protocol” must be observed now that she’s about to marry Prince Richard. That’s a word Meghan knows all too well.
6. Amber’s father doesn’t act fancy-pants when he meets the royals for the first time. Seems to be some Thomas Markle symbolism, in my opinion.
7. Mrs. Averill is now the head of royal press and protocol, and she’s telling Amber to watch the image she’s projecting with all her TV show appearances and blog posts. So, in other words, quit Suits.
8. Protocols, protocols, and more protocols.
9. Amber is clearly finding these intense traditions and procedures difficult to understand. Meghan reportedly has similar feelings in regards to the British royal family.
10. Amber’s hat. Remember this 2016 “Meghan incognito “ look?
11. Everyone seems quite turned off by Amber wanting to work and speak on more serious Aldovian issues — much like Meghan raised eyebrows (and made headlines) for voicing her political opinions.
12. Yup, they make Amber censor her blog. Remember when Meghan shut down The Tig?
13. Take a shot every time they say “protocol” in this movie. Then take a shot for every article about Meghan Markle that has that word.
14. Annnd there’s a royal carriage ride!
A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding is now streaming on Netflix.
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