‘A Christmas Prince: Royal Baby’: Netflix film’s bold stance on feminism makes it edgier than typical holiday specials
Today, as a part of its holiday special offerings, Netflix dropped the third installment of American romantic comedy franchise ‘A Christmas Prince’. Starring the original cast (Rose McIver as Queen Amber and Ben Lamb as King Richard) and a few more new additions, ‘A Christmas Prince: Royal Baby’ fixes on the lives of the Aldovian royal couple, who are all set to welcome their bundle of joy.
However, trouble ensues in the palace when a six-hundred-year-old treaty goes missing, which could result in a state of war between Andolia and Penglia.
While the latest Christmas film by Netflix has candy-cane-fingerprints generously spread all over it, it has managed to remain different from the typical goody-two-shoes positive drama by incorporating messages related to women empowerment and throwing light on feminism.
Despite carrying the title of a queen, which leaves her no choice but to follow the age-old traditions, Queen Amber is seen emphasizing the need for modernization. Throughout the film, she’s seen holding on to her roots and true identity, not letting the royalty get to her head.
When Queen Ming (Momo Yeung) of Penglia seems reluctant to include her signature in the treaty, which for hundreds of years has only been signed by their male counterparts, Amber wouldn’t budge and ensures her signature is treated as an equal, although it goes against the royal tradition.
Similar to Amber, the film features several other female characters, who stand strong even at the toughest of times. For instance, Queen Ming - who all along maintained a distance from the Andolian Queen - comes to rescue when Amber goes into labor, using the skills she picked while volunteering at a maternity hospital in her native country.
On several occasions, pregnant Amber takes control of any situation not letting her fully-grown baby bump come in her way. The film also includes a scene where both the queens show their mastery in archery, taking a subtle dig at the preconceived notion of only men being able to pull off the sport skillfully.
‘A Christmas Prince: Royal Baby’ also concludes on a similar note when Queen Amber and King Richard’s daughter Elleri is introduced as the future monarch of Aldovia. And, when the time comes for Queen Ming to depart, she invites Queen Amber to her country and insists on starting a program for all the mothers.