The Princess Switch

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The Princess Switch
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Official release poster
Directed byMike Rohl
Produced by
Written by
Music byTerry Frewer
  • Viorel Sergovici
  • Lulu de Hillerin
Edited byCharles Norris
Distributed byNetflix
Release date
  • November 16, 2018 (2018-11-16)
Running time
102 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Princess Switch is a 2018 American Christmas romantic comedy film directed by Mike Rohl from a screenplay by Robin Bernheim and Megan Metzger. The film stars Vanessa Hudgens, Sam Palladio and Nick Sagar.

The film's concept of two people running into one another who look identical and switch places comes from Mark Twain's 1881 novel The Prince and the Pauper.

It was released on November 16, 2018, by Netflix. It was followed by a sequel, The Princess Switch: Switched Again, which premiered on November 19, 2020.


Stacy DeNovo is a talented young baker who runs a successful pastry shop in Chicago with her lifelong friend Kevin. Kevin has a daughter named Olivia, a precocious young girl who enjoys ballet dancing and looks up to Stacy as a big sister. Stacy has recently broken up with her boyfriend Paul. A week before Christmas, Stacy discovers that Kevin has entered their business in a prestigious baking competition in the Kingdom of Belgravia. Their submission was accepted, but Stacy is reluctant to attend since Christmas is an uncomfortable reminder of her relationship with Paul. Later, Stacy runs into Paul with his new girlfriend. A kindly man on the street reminds her that Christmas wishes can come true. Stacy agrees to compete and leaves for Belgravia, along with Kevin and Olivia.

Upon arriving in Belgravia, the trio goes sightseeing and encounters a Christmas stocking seller who looks very similar to the kindly man Stacy met back in Chicago. The seller advises her to live life more spontaneously. After settling in at their cottage, Stacy and Kevin go to the television studio where the competition will be held. There, Stacy encounters her former culinary classmate and rival Brianna, the competition's defending champion. Brianna "accidentally" spills coffee on Stacy's apron, and Stacy leaves to get a new one. This situation allows Stacy to run into Lady Margaret Delacourt, Duchess of Montenaro and fiancée of Crown Prince Edward of Belgravia, and the two are struck by their identical looks. Desperate for time out of the spotlight, Margaret suggests that they switch places for two days, then switch back in time for Stacy's competition and Margaret and Edward's wedding. Initially reluctant, Stacy agrees, especially when Lady Margaret offers to sponsor Olivia as a student in Belgravia's acclaimed summer ballet program.

Stacy and Margaret quickly teach each other about their lives, behaviors, and quirks to minimize suspicion and part ways. Olivia immediately finds out about the switch but helps to keep Margaret and Stacy's secret while bonding with Margaret. Meanwhile, Prince Edward – who was supposed to be away on business for the two days of the switch – changes his plans and wants to spend time with his fiancée, sending Stacy into a panic. King George senses something is afoot, and tasks his butler, Frank, to observe her. Stacy adapts to court life and begins to fall in love with Prince Edward, while Margaret falls in love with Kevin and realizes that she loves living a normal life. Despite this, both reunite and switch back after two days. Meanwhile, Brianna sneaks into the TV station and cuts off the power cord to Stacy's mixer as sabotage.

Frank takes pictures to prove Margaret and Stacy swapped identities and presents them to the Queen. The Queen encounters the same kindly man, who thinks Stacy looks like a princess despite her common status, and the Queen has a change of heart. Now aware of the switch, the Queen fakes illness to dispatch Edward and Margaret to attend the baking competition in her place. Margaret comes clean to Edward about the switch and admits she does not love him. The two rush to the competition to resolve matters.

At the baking competition, Stacy discovers Brianna's vandalism and has to mix her ingredients by hand. Despite the setback, Stacy and Kevin manage to complete their cake and win first prize, with medals presented by Lady Margaret and Prince Edward. Stacy tries to avoid the medal presentation, and Kevin – unaware of the switch – insists that she accepts. Margaret and Stacy reveal their plot to the two men. Margaret professes her love for Kevin, while Stacy walks away, feeling out of place in Edward's royal life. Edward stops Stacy and says he is in love with her. He proposes, suggesting a Christmas wedding in a year if they are still in love.

One year later, Stacy marries Prince Edward and becomes Princess of Belgravia, and both couples (and Olivia) celebrate at the wedding. Margaret catches Stacy's bridal bouquet, while Kevin asks her what she's doing for New Year’s. When Margaret states that she has no plans, Kevin replies, “You might want to hang onto that bouquet," insinuating he plans to marry her.



In June 2018, it was reported that Vanessa Hudgens and Sam Palladio would star in the Netflix film The Princess Switch.[1][2]

Principal photography ended in June 2018.[1] The majority of the film was shot in Carei, Romania. The palace sequence was shot in Károlyi Castle, Carei Romania.[3]


It was released on November 16, 2018 by Netflix.[4]


Going by review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 75% with an average rating of 6.6/10, based on 12 reviews. The website's critics consensus reads: "The Princess Switch offers a healthy dose of charming, light-hearted, twin-swap fun and is delightful viewing for any hopeless romantic."[5] On Metacritic, the film has a user score of 6.4 out of 10, based on 13 ratings, indicating "Generally Favorable Reviews".[6]


A sequel The Princess Switch: Switched Again, was released on November 19th, 2020. [7] Vanessa Hudgens is set to take on another role as well as be a producer for the sequel. [8]


  1. ^ a b "Vanessa Hudgens' Movie 'The Princess Switch' On Netflix Will Be Your Next Christmas Movie Obsession — PHOTOS". The Hollywood Reporter. June 18, 2018.
  2. ^ @seewhatsnext (June 18, 2018). ".@VanessaHudgens & @SamPalladio will star in "The Princess Switch," a rom-com about a Duchess & a commoner who swap places after discovering they look exactly alike! But things get complicated when they each fall in love with a man who doesn't know their true identity" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  3. ^ "The Princess Switch: Review, What To Know Before and After Watching". What's on Netflix. November 16, 2018.
  4. ^ "First look at 3 new Netflix holiday movies, including A Christmas Prince sequel". Entertainment Weekly. October 17, 2018.
  5. ^ "THE PRINCESS SWITCH". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 11 November 2020.
  6. ^ "The Princess Switch". Metacritic. Retrieved 11 November 2020.
  7. ^ "See first photos of Netflix's The Princess Switch: Switched Again". Entertainment Weekly. October 7, 2020.
  8. ^ "It's a Christmas Miracle! 'The Princess Switch' Is Getting a Sequel". Cosmopolitan. October 29, 2019.

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