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The Royal Baby’ Is a Hilarious Hot Mess

With the premiere of the third installment in the A Christmas Prince trilogy, Netflix proves that it wholly underestimated the appeal of its terrible holiday movie canon back in 2017 when it tweeted, “To the 53 people who’ve watched A Christmas Prince every day for the past 18 days: who hurt you?” Two years later, Queen Amber and King Richard of Aldovia have earned enough eager fans to justify the production of two follow-up films—last year’s A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding and now, A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby.     

The main cast of monarchs is back, with American journalist-turned-queen Amber (Rose McIver) and King Richard (Ben Lamb) at the helm. Directed by John Schultz, the film also introduces the royal family of another made-up country, Penglia, because there is an unspoken rule that all fictional European kingdoms must end in the letters “-ia” à la Aldovia, Belgravia (The Princess Switch) and Genovia (The Princess Diaries). As with the previous two films, the plot is so nonsensical that it’s almost entirely exposition. From Amber’s blog posts detailing everything that has happened since The Royal Wedding to characters reading documents and saying thoughts out loud even though no one else is in the room, The Royal Baby disregards the “show, don’t tell” rule of storytelling.