Prince Harry’s engagement to Meghan Markle feels like a movie. Or like a book. Or like a book that was made into a movie.
OK, royals falling in love with non-royals is a glorious tradition of storytelling, ever since that indentured orphan lost her shoe at a dance. As you spend the day devouring royal engagement content, allow us to contribute to the pile.
Here are 10 pop culture pieces perfect for a day like this:
The Royal We
Based in part on the reality of William and Kate’s courtship (how blessed are we to experience this again?), this YA novel from 2016 follows Bex Porter, an American girl who falls in love with the British prince while abroad. Something tells us this is getting fast-tracked for a film adaptation…
The Prince and Me
Paige (Julie Stiles) is a guarded pre-med student in the Midwest when she meets the suspiciously charming Eddie (Luke Mably). They enjoy a classic rom-com hate-grows-into-love relationship but with the delightful twist that Eddie is actually Edvard, Crown Prince of Denmark. His family fears Paige being a commoner, but he loves her, dammit!
Crazy Rich Asians
Soon to be a major motion picture, Kevin Kwan’s extravagant novel about extravagantly wealthy Chinese families and ex-pats is a wild ride you won’t be able to put down. Rachel Chu (soon-to-be-played by Constance Wu) flies to East Asia to meet her fiancee Nicholas Young’s family (newcomer Henry Golding in the film version). She knows that they’re rich and proud, but the visit – for Nick’s old friend’s wedding – will test and stretch the meaning of pride and affluence as Rachel knows it. PSA: Do not read while hungry because the food descriptions are sorely tempting.
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
You may not remember falling in love with Chris Pine in 2004, but we sure do. Pine plays the insufferable – and insufferably handsome – Nicholas Devereaux, who Mia falls for despite an impending betrothal to Andrew Jacoby (Callum Blue). It’s a fun movie, but let’s not forget the real story here…
The Princess Diaries Volume XI: Royal Wedding
The final book in Meg Cabot’s delightful series about catches up with a 25-year-old Mia Thermopolis, now officially engaged to “world’s greatest lover” Michael Moscovitz (it’s canon, trust us). Despite nearly a decade of royal dating, the couple can’t prepare for all the curveballs their Genovian nuptials have in store.
What A Girl Wants
Amanda Bynes in her heyday stars as Daphne Reynolds, an American girl growing up with a single mom. It’s all very Princess Diaries but based more on 1950s play The Reluctant Debutante; Daphne finds out her father (Colin Firth) is a Lord – now an Earl – and flies to London to spend time with him and his family. Once again the family disapproves of her non-royalness, but her father fights for her.
Sex with Kings / Sex with the Queen
Nothing pairs better with Sex with Kings: 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, and Revenge than Sex with the Queen: 900 Years of Vile Kings, Virile Lovers, and Passionate Politics. The history of Europe’s monarchies is, mildly put, insane, and you won’t be able to get enough of it.
The dueling William and Kate movies
Hallmark and Lifetime both caught royal wedding fever after Prince William wed Kate Middleton in 2011. Both movies are…strictly average, but will lead you down a glorious rabbit hole of royal pomp and circumstance.
Princess Diana’s semi-autobiography
Diana: Her True Story – in Her Own Words released in June was written along with the tragically deceased princess and contains her own personal materials. 2017 marked the 20-year anniversary of Diana’s death due to injuries from a car accident; Beside being a compelling read, it’s the story of Harry’s mother and contains many similarities to his own story with Markle.
Bonus: Meghan Markle’s Hallmark movie…just because
While Harry and Meghan’s engagement prompted many online to ask for a Hallmark movie rendition, some will recall that Markle was actually ...에서 a Hallmark movie. Dater’s Handbook released in 2016 and starred Markle as a hapless singleton trying to find a relationship. Spoiler alert: She didn’t need a handbook in real life.