Does May 2018 seems way too long to wait for the royal nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle? We agree. To fill the void until the big day, we’ve put together a selection of movies that tell the tales of princesses and princes falling in love in the most unlikely of circumstances (cough, Hallmark, cough). We’ve also graded them from one to five 👑s to guide your viewing. Serve the tea and crumpets and dive in!
If any actress deserves a crown, it’s Audrey Hepburn; she gets one and a trip to Rome to boot in this ’50s flick.
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The Prince and Me
This one takes the “getting an MRS degree” concept to new heights when a med student is pursued by a prince on campus.
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A Royal Night Out
This rom-com might be based on real people (Queen Elizabeth II as a young princess and her sister HRH Princess Margaret), but it’s so implausible as fact that it may as well be billed as a fairy-tale.
Princess Protection Program
We don’t know what’s more fantastical about this flick: the fact that Demi Lovato would be part of something as staid as royalty or that there’s a secret organization entitled the “Princess Protection Program”? All in all unsurprising that this was a Disney Channel production.
Once Upon a Holiday
With the exception of the Church of England, no one combines Christmas and royalty like Hallmark. A word of warning to the protagonist princess: NYC is possibly not the best runaway destination to see how “normal people” live.
The Princess Diaries
The real dream is discovering your grandmother is Julie Andrews, but finding out you’re the heir to the Genovian throne is a close second.
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A Christmas Prince
For her first real writing assignment, a junior reporter is sent to cover the prince of Aldovia on the eve of his coronation. Of course, she’s excellent at her job; her notes include surprising insight like, “I think I’m finally getting to know the prince…so not what I thought!” Don’t let the fact this is on Netflix fool you into thinking it’s a natural follow up to The Crown.
A Princess for Christmas
How’s this for a fairy-tale? Imagine you get laid off from your job in Buffalo, NY then BAM your niece and nephew’s grandfather (Roger Moore a.k.a. James Bond!!) — who just so happens to be a duke — turns up and invites you to Christmas. Oh, and then you fall in love with an eligible bachelor played by Outlander‘s Sam Hueghan. Cake, icing, cherry on top.
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Drew Barrymore goes to the ball—with wings made by da Vinci, no less!—in this Renaissance take on the Cinderella tale.
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The Princess Bride
Perhaps the best princess story ever told … need I go on? Okay, so it’s not so much of a fairy-tale when we consider the trials and tribulations faced by Buttercup and her farmhand beau, but it’s inconceivable to leave this classic movie off any list of royal fantasies.
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The Royal We
Will and Kate may be too proper to pour their hearts out to the BBC, but this novel by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan does a jolly good job of imagining their romance. Parenthood’s Lauren Graham and Mae Whitman are adapting the popular novel for CBS Films.
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