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William & Catherine: A Royal Romance, a Hallmark Channel Original Movie, tells the beginning of a tale that most of us who were not living under a rock for the past decade are quite familiar with: the Cinderella story of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Distributed by Lionsgate, William & Catherine will be available on DVD for the first time on August 7.

Charmingly cheesy in its narrative and dialogue, William & Catherine stars Alice St. Clair (Sarah’s Key) as Kate Middleton, Dan Amboyer (Body of Proof, Law & Order) as Prince William, Oscar® nominee Jane Alexander (Kramer vs. Kramer, The Ring, The Cider House Rules) as Queen Elizabeth II, Primetime Emmy® nominee Victor Garber (Alias, Titanic, Legally Blonde, The First Wives ClubWeb Therapy) as Prince Charles, Primetime Emmy® winner Jean Smart (24, Samantha Who?, Designing Women, Sweet Home Alabama) as Camilla Parker Bowles, and Lesley Harcourt (The House of Mirth, Taggart) as Princess Diana.

The official Synopsis explains:

William & Catherine: A Royal Romance follows the beautiful story of Prince William (Amboyer) and Kate Middleton (St. Clair). At a pivotal point in their courtship, William takes to heart the advice of his mother, the late Princess Diana (Harcourt), which she bestowed in an interview before her untimely death. The message she left for her eldest son: hold on to the love of your life, and protect it with all of your heart.

Although literally a tale of princes and queens, William & Catherine is fundamentally the story of two 20-somethings trying to determine whether they can be together in spite of their differences. For those of you who like entirely sappy, romantic, fairy-tale-like movies and did not watch William & Catherine when it originally aired on the Hallmark Channel (that’s right, I said “you” because I did watch it), this DVD is for you. You will laugh and you might cry, but you definitely will not be able to turn it off before the happily ever after.

Grade: ♥♥♥/5

Vis-à-vis the DVD specifics, William & Catherine runs 90 minutes and is not rated (NR). The DVD has English and Spanish Subtitle options, but (unfortunately) has no special features (other than previews for other films distributed by Lionsgate).


Did you watch William & Catherine when it first aired? Did you watch the Royal Wedding? Tell us what you thought of the movie and/or the wedding in a comment!


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Sarah Katz

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