This romantic comedy also features Sarah Shahi, Uma Thurman and Rachel Maddow


If you’re a hopeless romantic and avid reader/watcher of romcoms, then I’m sure we can all agree that there is no better time to get lost in captivating love stories than the summer. Today, Prime Video released its adaptation of queer and non-binary author Casey McQuiston’s Red, White & Royal Blue and it’s officially my new favourite romcom, and will probably be yours too.

From start to finish, this film filled my gay heart with joy. It was charming, hilarious, heartwarming, moving and sexy. For those who haven’t read the novel, the story follows the First Son of the United States, Alex Claremont-Diaz as he finds himself in an enemies-to-lovers romance with his rival Prince Henry of England.

The sizzling onscreen chemistry between Taylor Zakhar Perez (Alex) and Nicholas Galitzine (Henry) is completely captivating and you root for them all the way through the viewing. And the entire cast is equally as delightful to watch. Gay icon Uma Thurman plays Alex’s mother, President Claremont, it was heartwarming to see this mother-son bond develop in the film.

And speaking of gay icons… The L Word fans, are you ready? You fell in love with her as Carmen, now get ready to fall in love with her as Claremont’s Chief of Staff, Zahra Bankston. Of course I’m talking about the one and only Sarah Shahi. She’s witty, passionate and provides comedy gold throughout. Every line from Zahra’s mouth is sure to provide ab-building laughter. Psst… if you want to read more from Sarah, be sure to get your hands on a copy of our latest issue.

Oh, and if that wasn’t enough LGBTQIA goodness to get you excited for the film, Rachel Maddow also features in this film to report on Alex and Henry.

I know this will be a film that I re-watch whenever I need to feel like being wrapped up in a warm hug. It’s great to see gay love stories being given the same treatment as their heterosexual counterparts. With the rise of anti-LGBTQIA movements around the world, we need these stories now more than ever. It’s sure to fill your heart with hope, love, joy and pride.

Red, White & Royal Blue is available to stream on Prime Video.


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