5 Reasons to Love…Royal Romance!

by Grace Thiele

Call the heralds! Alert the press! Someone, fetch a trumpet – behold, there is wonderful news! Another royal baby is on the way!

There’s one piece of news on the lips of Londoners, and that’s the announcement that Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and future Queen of England, is expecting her third baby! For the past six years, she and William have been Britain’s favourite couple, and while my dreams of marrying Prince Harry are rapidly fading into dust, with Harlequin in the world, I’m never too far away from a princely hero. So here are five reasons to love a royal romance!

The Make-Over potential. Very few real-world women have a wardrobe worthy of royalty – but neither do our heroines! I’ll never get my hands on a wedding gown worthy of Kate’s gorgeous McQueen creation, but when I dive into a royal romance story, I can imagine myself being overwhelmed with swathes of couture gowns, stiletto heels, and oh, piles and piles of diamonds. After all, my Disneyland tiara is remarkably becoming, but nothing will ever come close to an alpha prince’s crown jewels.

The Property. Castles. Castles castles castles. Who doesn’t dream of living in a tower, where a handsome prince can climb (not by my hair, thanks) up to rescue you? My hometown is around a few corners from Windsor Castle, and I used to drive past it on my Vespa (yes, I’m that cool) fairly frequently. Every time I scooted on by, I wandered off into a daydream about living there… then I discovered Harlequin, and the residents of Windsor town sighed in relief.

The Escapism Factor. Disney tiaras aside, the life of luxurious royalty is one I am extremely unlikely to ever achieve – unless, of course, Prince Harry comes to his senses and realises he needs a woman whose hair goes through fifty shades of lilac every month. But that is, after all, the great joy of Harlequin: it’s a unique pleasure to experience something we’ll otherwise only know in our wildest dreams (cue Taylor Swift). For a few blissful hours, you too can live in a palace, sleep in a four poster-bed, leave housework to the staff and, in my particular fantasy, have a butler deliver endless quantities of pizza, fries and champagne.

The Variety. One of the great joys of Harlequin princes is that they tend to be from made-up places. This gives the author incredible scope for creativity: no fictional kingdom, be it desert, Mediterranean, mountainous or desert is alike. There are endless varieties of prince out there for you to fall in love with – and as the world changes, so author’s imaginations grow, meaning that royal romance will never go out of style.

The Love. For all the perks, being a royal is a serious responsibility: media attention, royal duties, heir production… it’s a lot to take on! Even Kate had a wobble before getting back together with Wills – but they loved each other too much to keep apart! And when you’re an alpha male ruler of a fictional Mediterranean kingdom, the pressure can’t get any higher. Only if you truly, deeply, completely love someone are you going to take that on. So by the time you reach the end of your royal story, you know that your hero and heroine have experienced the truest love of all, and will have the most perfect happily ever after.

So, what makes you love royal romance? Let us know in the comments!

6 replies on “5 Reasons to Love…Royal Romance!”

I have days I’m into reading or writing one genre or another, and once upon a time, I loved the prince and princess stories. But what conflict, other than the obvious, can keep them apart? Or is that what we’re supposed to come up with? A whole new and exciting way of keeping the two lovers apart, when one of them would go bananas to be with the other, if they knew they were a prince/princess. Maybe that is the challenge in writing for this genre: how to make the hero and heroine NOT want to be together. Thinking to myself here. Any input?

Hi Chrissie,
To me royal romance is inherently filled with external conflicts – class, formality, lack of privacy, paparazzi, politics, etc. Then layer in character traits, situations, personal foibles and preferences, and you have almost endless possibilities for conflicts. And the courtship in so public a forum would be stressful, not to mention weighing all the stressors of life after the couple are married. For me reconciling the conflicts to a point where the heroine is willing to take on not just the marriage, but also the lineage, the endless duties, and the press – that’s the tough part.

Kudos to Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and well done Prince William for choosing such a bride.

Distance is what makes me love a Royal Romance. Well that and the fantasy factor. Distance because I know I don’t have to go through it – the complete lack of privacy (at home with staff, and out and about with paparazzi), the endless responsibilities, the formality, no retirement until you’re in your nineties. Not a life I’d ever choose to lead, even at the price of a makeover and a smattering of castles, although the idea of staff would be tempting. The fantasy factor – debonair, handsome prince, multiple establishments, a fantastic wardrobe, a life of luxury. Did I mention staff?
Yep, as far as fantasy goes, Royal Romance is right up there, and I think it would be fun to write. At first I didn’t think so, but I’ve been mulling over a few ideas, and I think if you enjoy the fantasy aspects of it, it could be highly entertaining. There are just so many possibilities.

I love royal romances, it’s the fantasy that can take me away quicker than anything. The fantasy of having a sexy, handsome prince who would cater to your every whim. Staff to wait on you, never having to really lift a finger. Of course you’d have to put up with the constant press coverage, and having your every move being watched, but then our heroine can do anything. There is also the heroine being just an ordinary woman thrown into the hero’s world and learning to cope. The conflicts are emotional and I love them.

I think the challenge is to put a spin on something that has been done to death. Girls go nuts when there’s a prince in the room. How could a prince trust that a girl going ga-ga would want him and not just his title and money? What would make a girl NOT go nuts? What would make a prince want a girl like that? And, please, for the love of dog, do your homework. Plenty of readers know a lot about real royals and fake ones can easily make us gag. Thank you.

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