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 the sequel for several reasons. Chief among them was one of the final scenes. At Duchess Margaret of Montenaro’s coronation, 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, all of whom 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. Twenty twenty 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:
Okay, so I won’t be able to think about anything else for the rest of the weekend.