When everyone from Vanity Fair to NPR gush about a novel, naming it “The Best Book Of The Year”, then you can be sure it will be strong with “The Message”. Casey McQuiston’s best-selling novel Red, White, And Royal Blue hits every mark you would expect in that regard.


The story follows Alex Claremont-Diaz, son of the first Mexican-American president (hit!), his mother (hit!). He finds himself in the spotlight in the US, framed as the American equivalent of a young British Royal.

The issue is that he has a simmering feud with his royal counterpart across the Atlantic, the British Prince, Henry. An altercation at a Royal wedding is photographed and Anglo-American relations are threatened. Diplomats, heads of state, and family members stage a truce between the two rivals. This is spun as a PR win with a fake, social media-friendly friendship becoming global news.

The trouble is that behind the scenes, secretly bisexual Alex (hit!) and secretly gay Henry (hit!) soon find themselves in a very real relationship that threatens to shake the Monarchy and de-rail Alex’s mother’s re-election campaign. As two nations work together diplomatically, the two must figure things out romantically as they have to reconcile their forbidden love (hit!) with their positions on the world stage.

Amazon Studios is behind the adaption, with Greg Berlanti (…and full house!) via his Berlanti/Schechter Films partnership with Sarah Schechter.

Taylor Zakhar Perez (The Kissing Booth 2) and Nicholas Galitzine (Cinderella) are set to star as Alex and Henry.


Clifton Collins Jr., Stephen Fry, Sarah Shahi, Rachel Hilson, Ellie Bamber, Aneesh Sheth, Polo Morin, Ahmed Elhaj, and Akshay Khanna round out the rest of the cast, while Uma Thurman will play the US President according to reports.

Tony Award-winning playwright Matthew Lopez (The Inheritance) is set to direct Red, White, And Royal Blue which will stream worldwide on Amazon Prime to the satisfaction of ladies who own cats everywhere.

Meanwhile, in the real world, the whole of the UK is on the second day of a four-day-long drinking binge to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of the Queen. Twelve more beers and France may surrender.

Ship ahoy!

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