Last night, my partner and I watched the sequel to The Princess Switch (aptly named The Princess Switch: Switched Again). Besides chuckling at the fact that The New York Times called this movie "a who's who of [Vanessa] Hudgens," I was amused at this movie for several reasons. Chief among them was one of the final scenes, at Duchess Margaret of Montenaro's coronation, when we get a glimpse of the lead characters from the A Christmas Prince franchise.
Nestled in with the rest of the coronation guests are Queen Amber (Rose McIver), King Richard (Ben Lamb), and their baby, who warmly smile hello to Margaret. "Are they trying to create their own Marvel Universe with these movies?," my partner joked as we observed this little cameo.
But that might actually be a pretty astute observation. With the release of A Christmas Prince in 2017, Netflix began creating its own holiday-movie world. In 2018, The Princess Switch joined this festive world, and last year, we got The Knight Before Christmas, also starring Hudgens.
I'm not going to lie: I was pretty happy at the thought that Queen Amber and Duchess/Queen Margaret are pals. 2020 has been a rough year, and it's really nice to know that the people living in Netflix's alternative happy reality are doing well. But it turns out I didn't even make all the connections between A Christmas Prince and The Princess Switch.
Twitter users noted Netflix's commitment to drawing this thing full circle. Remember when Stacy was watching A Christmas Prince on Netflix in the first movie? Neither did I, but look at that:
good morning, some important news
in the first Princess Switch movie, Vanessa Hudgens watches A Christmas Prince on Netflix.
then in the second Princess Switch movie, out today, they show up at her coronation
explain yourselves, @netflix pic.twitter.com/4q5FF3jJCj
— Kate Halliwell (@katehalliwell) November 19, 2020
in The Princess Switch, Margaret and Kevin are clearly seen watching A Christmas Prince. AND YET in The Princess Switch 2: Switched Again, Amber and Richard attend Margaret’s coronation, complicating the fabric of the NCCU (Netflix Christmas Cinematic Universe). In this essay—
— Auriane Desombre (@aurianedesombre) November 21, 2020
How dare Netflix screw with my mind by making the couple from A CHRISTMAS PRINCE show up in THE PRINCESS SWITCH 2 even though they watched A CHRISTMAS PRINCE on Netflix in the first THE PRINCESS SWITCH??? pic.twitter.com/ktciKIyKWR
— Jason Carlos (@jaarlos) November 20, 2020
How I sleep at night knowing 'A Christmas Prince' and 'The Princess Switch' exist in the same universe pic.twitter.com/C3TnwHO1iE
— Ongo Gablogian (@MrSwansonRon) November 20, 2020
omg I love this. there’s a third Christmas Prince movie, right? so if there’s a third Princess Switch, I wonder how those will interconnect 👀
— hailey semchee (@haileysemchee) November 21, 2020
Okay, so I won't be able to think about anything else for the rest of the weekend.
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