Who doesn’t love a good holiday movie where a woman meets and falls in love with royalty?
Let’s see. This year alone there’s Netflix’s The Princess Switch with High School Musical’s Vanessa Hudgens playing a dual role. There’s A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding, which is a sequel to last year’s smash hit movie featuring iZombie‘s Rose McIver. Hallmark almost always has at least one of these magical fairy tales in their lineup. This year forget about a meet cute with a prince. In Christmas at the Palace, The Royals‘ Merritt Patterson plays an ice skater who falls in love with the king.
UPtv gets in on the royal action with a movie called Christmas with a Prince.
The UPtv synopsis
Pediatric specialist Tasha Miller is focused on one thing; keeping the kids in her ward as healthy and happy as possible. So when her high-school crush, who just happens to be handsome Prince Alexander Cavalieri, breaks his leg on a nearby ski-slope, Tasha is forced to allow him to secretly get well on her floor, and she’s furious that a spoiled Royal is interrupting the precious healing time her kids so badly need. Soon, however, Tasha learns that some tough love and a lot of Christmas spirt, could turn this royal pain into a knight in shining armor.
Kaitlyn Leeb plays the empathetic doctor at the heart of this story. Tasha is great with the sick kids she treats. She fights for them. She develops friendships with them. She’ll do whatever it takes to make sure they’re needs are taken care of first. She’ll even go up against her boss. But when Prince Alexander comes back in her life, She gets all flustered. Her high school demons come roaring back and it’s something she has to deal with while also navigating the rough waters of reconnecting with a guy who has issues of his own.
Leeb’s a bit of a holiday movie darling this season. She can also be seen in the Netflix original flick Christmas with a View. The view being a ski resort town. In it she plays a manager at a restaurant who ends up (spoiler alert) falling in love with a celebrity chef. Anybody from the Shadowhunters fandom knows her as Camille Belcourt. Some of her other TV credits include Degrassi: The Next Generation, Heartland and Rogue.
That’s Nick Hounslow who plays Prince Alexander, the dashing but royally spoiled prince. When the character finds himself staying in the pediatric ward, he starts rethinking his behavior. He also starts flirting with Dr. Miller. But can he get his act together enough to please himself and his father?
Hounslow’s credits include TNT’s Good Behavior and the recent cancelled-too-soon series — ABC’s The Catch.
It’s so great to see Charles Shaughnessy in this movie. The Nanny and Days of our Lives star is fun as Prince Alexander’s father, King Edward. The actor is no stranger to playing the head of the monarchy in one of these holiday films.
Last year, he played King Frederick in My Christmas Prince, a Lifetime movie starring Alexis Knapp and Callum Alexander. Shaughnessy, along with a supporting cast that included Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Marina Sirtis as well as Hardy Boy Parker Stevenson and Nancy Drew Pamela Sue Martin, made that movie worth the price of admission.
Christmas with a Prince is based on the best-selling Harlequin book, St. Piran’s: Prince On The Children’s Ward.
Christmas with a Prince airs tonight at 7/6 eastern on UPtv.
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