Julian Morris Makes a Great Prince in Hallmark’s “A Royal Queens Christmas”

A Royal Queens Christmas Plot Summary

A prince finds his way to Queens during Christmas when a local woman enlists his help with a children’s show.
Starring:  Megan Park and Julian Morris (2021)
A Royal Queens Christmas
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Who Is Julian Morris?

Hallmark “royal” movies are in no short supply, but you never know when an actor is faking an accent or when it’s authentic.  Either way, accents are definitely attractive.  In the case of Julian Morris, the English accent is the real deal.
Though his mother is from Zimbabwe, and his father is from South Africa, Morris was born and raised in London and grew up in the Jewish faith.

Through the years, Morris has starred in movies with big names like Vanessa Redgrave, Liam Neeson, Susan Sarandon, Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carell, and Jennifer Aniston.  He’s definitely no rookie, even though Hallmark has only recently cast him in both A Royal Queens Christmas and The Presence of Love.

Morris has a strong presence.  Without his intriguing personality and penetrating gaze permeating the screen, this movie could have been a run-of-the-mill royal romance.  As it stands, he brings a heightened energy to the role that is magnetizing.
Despite what a dynamo Morris is on screen, his personal life is cause for disappointment.  He is a passionate social justice warrior who supports the domestic terrorist organization of anarchists, Black Lives Matter.  He claims to fight against racism, but to support BLM shows he’s the racist.  He uses his platform to focus on police brutality, even though the majority of cops are wonderful and deserve respect.  (Here’s a tip–if anyone wants to reduce their risk of encountering police brutality to zero percent, don’t commit crimes and then resist arrest).  If that’s not bad enough, he’s also gay.
Julian Morris is gay.
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Hallmark Movies Featuring Megan Park

Megan Park doesn’t exactly fit the profile of a prince’s love interest. You’ve seen her in several Hallmark movies though, but if you can’t put your finger on the titles, here they are:
  • A Wish Come True (2015)
  • My Christmas Love (2016)
  • Once Upon a Prince (2018)
  • Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas (2018)

 

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Park plays Dee Dee Paretti, an army veteran from a K-9 unit struggling to find the right direction for her life now that she’s back home.  She’s been living with her parents and working in her cousin’s bakery. The Italian cousin, Zoe, is engaged to a black man, even though the two don’t remotely seem like a couple.  Hallmark has to include “wokeness” to keep cancel culture from targeting them.  It’s all nonsense.  Dear Hallmark, it’s okay to pair actors together who share the same skin color.
When Prince Colin crushes a box of pastry samples she’s delivering, Dee Dee takes advantage of his offer of compensation by roping him into playing the piano for the children’s program she’s directing.  Prince Colin finds he’d much rather be with Dee Dee than Duchess Adriana–the woman his parents have decided he should wed.  Never mind that Duchess Adriana looks like she’s 20 years older than him.

Hallmark Leaves Loose Ends

Hallmark has become a movie making machine that has shifted its focus from quality to quantity.  It’s a hamster wheel.  Fans want as many Hallmark movies as they can get, and Hallmark delivers, but the brand is suffering.
A Royal Queens Christmas is enchanting, as many royal movies are, but the script writers sloppily leave loose ends.  Dee Dee is asked to coordinate an after school arts program by a local principal and realizes this career choice is a great fit.  Prince Colin’s parents decide not to retire after all, though Colin is willing to step into his proper role once they do.  So, how is this romance going to work?  If Dee Dee follows through on her new job opportunity, where does that leave Colin?  He’s from Exeter, and she lives in Queens.  Is he going to stay near her and randomly play the piano around town?  Is he going to travel between his home and hers?  Will she be willing to quit her job, leave her family, and move to Exeter once he’s the new king?
Megan Park and Julian Morris
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The writers don’t want us to think too far ahead; however, a good story should have a believable conclusion.
Despite its flaws, A Royal Queens Christmas is still enjoyable.

A Relatable Movie Moment

Whitby is charged with attending to Prince Colin, and he’s a fun character.  He walks a fine line between doing the duties expected of him while still allowing Colin the freedom to be himself.
One amusing movie scene involves the king and queen showing up in New York sooner than expected.  They charge Whitby not to tell Colin–they want to surprise him.  Whitby knows a surprise won’t end well, so he sends a quick voice-to-text message to alert Colin.  Unfortunately, the message is a garbled hodgepodge of words that don’t remotely string together the way Whitby speaks them.
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It’s a fun moment because we can all relate to it.  With all the advances in technology, it’s unbelievable how many times voice-to-text creates messages that don’t remotely resemble what we said.

Movie Showcases Rob Thomas’s Song A New York Christmas 

Who is Rob Thomas?  Before launching his solo career, Thomas was the lead singer of the rock band Matchbox Twenty.   In October 2021, Thomas released a new holiday album titled Something About Christmas Time, and Hallmark features one of the tracks in A Royal Queens Christmas.  It’s a great song and perfect for the New York setting.
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