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I Watched 9 of the Royal Christmas Movies on Netflix So You Don't Have To

I'm not sure why this particular genre of Christmas movies exists, but it does and I'm an unabashed fan. Over the past few years, I've watched at least a dozen holiday movies that feature a regular person (i.e. baker, science teacher, doctor, journalist, shopkeeper) who falls madly in love with a royal stranger during the month of December. Sometimes the object of their affection is secretly royal, sometimes not, but *spoiler alert* they always end up together in the end.


And I've watched them all so you don't have to.



You're welcome.


And girl, I get it. These movies look silly and they are, but I think one of the reasons they're so popular is because Americans are particularly obsessed with the idea of a commoner rising above their station. It aligns with that pioneering scrappiness we all share that originally drove us away from the monarchy all those years ago. And as a young girl, I definitely aspired to be like Princess Diana and I know a lot of other young women who are a product of the 1990s feel the same way. So these weird Christmas royalty movies are just another way of fantasizing the stereotypical "rags to riches" trope that even Mark Twain popularized with his novel,The Prince and the Pauper in 1881. As the wise King Solomon once said in the 900s B.C., "there's nothing new under the sun."


And so the same movie about the same concept exists in 20 slightly different permutations.