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LGBTQ Romantic Comedy Makes History On Amazon Prime Streaming

Film Tops Prime Video Charts and Is Certified Fresh On Rotten Tomatoes

By Dolores Quintana

Amazon Prime’s new LGBTQ  film “Red, White, and Royal Blue” exceeded expectations on its first weekend of release on the streaming platform and made history. According to Amazon’s press release, “Red, White & Royal Blue” is the #1 movie worldwide on Prime Video and is already among Prime Video’s top three most-watched romantic comedies. Amazon has seen a huge surge of new Prime membership sign-ups directly correlated to the film’s release. 

Red, White & Royal Blue has been praised by audiences and critics alike, currently boasting a “Certified Fresh” Tomatometer rating and a 94% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. With the film’s release, Casey McQuiston’s critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling novel of the same name moved to #14 on the Amazon Best Sellers list.

Nicholas Galitzine as Prince Henry, Malcolm Atobrah as Percy Okonjo, Rachel Hilson as Nora Holleran, and Taylor Zakhar Perez as Alex Claremont-Diaz in Prime Video’s Red, White & Royal Blue.

The romantic comedy’s story is about Alex Claremont-Diaz (Taylor Zakhar Perez), the son of the President of the United States (Uma Thurman), and Britain’s Prince Henry (Nicholas Galitzine) have a lot in common: Stunning good looks, undeniable charisma, international popularity … and a total disdain for each other. Separated by an ocean, their long-running feud hasn’t really been an issue until a disastrous—and very public—altercation at a royal event becomes tabloid fodder, driving a potential wedge in U.S./British relations at the worst possible time. Going into damage-control mode, their families and handlers force the two rivals into a staged “truce.” But as Alex and Henry’s icy relationship unexpectedly begins to thaw into a tentative friendship, the friction that existed between them sparks something deeper than they ever expected.

The film was directed by Matthew López with a screenplay by Matthew López and Ted Malawer. Taylor Zakhar Perez, Nicholas Galitzine, Clifton Collins Jr., Sarah Shahi, Rachel Hilson, with Stephen Fry and Uma Thurman, Ellie Bamber, Thomas Flynn, Malcolm Atobrah, Akshay Khanna, Sharon D Clarke, Aneesh Sheth, and Juan Castano star in the film. Of course, the film is available for streaming on Amazon Prime.

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