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‘Princess Switch 3’ Deepens Plot Hole With ‘Christmas Prince’ Cameo

  • Warning: There are spoilers ahead for the Netflix holiday movie “The Princess Switch 3.”
  • The movie includes a cameo from the “Christmas Prince” character named Simon.
  • The appearance of Simon further adds to an obvious plot hole in the Netflix Holiday Universe. 

“The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star” includes the appearance of a character from the “Christmas Prince” franchise, and it’s deepening a glaring plot hole in the


Holiday Universe.

In “The Princess Switch 3,” released on the streamer on November 18, Vanessa Hudgens reprises her three roles as Queen Margaret Delacourt, Princess Stacy De Novo, and Lady Fiona Pembroke. The holiday rom-com centers on a heist mission that ensues after a priceless Christmas relic, known as the Star of Peace, is stolen. 

In order to retrieve the relic, Margaret impersonates Fiona at a party thrown by a billionaire named Hunter Cunard (Will Kemp) while the real Fiona attempts to bypass security and retrieve the relic. 

Upon Margaret’s arrival at the party, a man removes his masquerade mask and is revealed to be Simon Duxbury (Theo Devaney) from the “Christmas Prince” trilogy. 

Believing her to be Fiona, he says: “Don’t you remember your old pal, Simon?”

To play along and not blow her cover, Margaret greets him by saying, “meow,” similar to what Fiona has said to other characters. In response, Simon raises his glass and winks at her before walking away with another guest. 

A man wearing a black turtleneck and black-and-red striped blazer in "The Princess Switch 3."

Theo Devaney in “The Princess Switch 3.”


Many of the films in the Netflix Holiday Universe contain tie-ins, nods, or references to each other. 

But the latest cameo is puzzling because, in the first “Princess Switch” movie released in 2018, Margaret (who was pretending to be Stacy) watched “A Christmas Prince” with Kevin (Nick Sagar). He also said that it was Stacy’s favorite film. 

Then “The Princess Switch 2,” included cameos from “Christmas Prince” characters Queen Amber (Rose McIver), King Richard (Ben Lamb), and their baby named Princess Elleri. They were seen in the church beaming during Margaret’s coronation. 

The “Christmas Prince” movies were released in 2017, 2018, and 2019 on Netflix. The third movie also referenced the Belgravians from “The Princess Switch” franchise. 

The “Christmas Prince” films were believed to be fictional within the world of the “Princess Switch” since Margaret and Kevin were seen selecting the movie from the streamer. 

But the appearances of the Aldovian royals in “The Princess Switch 2” followed by Simon in “The Princess Switch 2” suggest that “A Christmas Prince” is a documentary and the Aldovians are real people, rather than fictional characters. In that case, it would be strange for a documentary about royals to be Stacy’s favorite movie. 

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