Netflix Netflix’s original “Young Royals” gives me the same vibes as when I watched the 2018 Italian series “Baby” a few years ago —which sw...

My review on Netflix’s original Young Royals

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Netflix’s original “Young Royals” gives me the same vibes as when I watched the 2018 Italian series “Baby” a few years ago —which swings around the life experience of several teens in modern-day Rome. I am guessing that maybe those vibes have to do with the background music because both series have a different storyline but for some reason in my head are very related. 


This new series reflects the reality of many young people around the world, not only because of topics related to discrimination because of social status, alcohol, or drugs but also regarding the fight for identity, to be oneself in the middle of a retrograde society and a family that rather stick to “traditions” than to permit one to be himself.


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Young Royals talks about prince Wilhelm, from the Swedish royal family, and his fight for self-determination and desire to escape from his royal duties and social pressure. Wilhelm is the sun of the current King and Queen, and younger brother to Erik who is first in the line of succession.


In the first episode, after acting violently at a club he attended, he was sent unwillingly to boarding school, where his life had a little twist after meeting Simon —a Spaniard-Latino character— who timely became his lover and “partner in crime”. 


As the story continues to develop in all six episodes, we see how this young prince faces a lot of pressure while trying to pursue his heart's desire, especially after his brother Erik passed away and he became the first in the line of succession. 


We see how he tries to deny his feeling on several occasions to protect his reputation because of his role as future king. Nevertheless, he always goes back to Simon where he “feels like his self” and happy. 


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He must put up with his second cousin August, who attends the same school and feels like the “big man” and tries to mentor him, especially after Erik’s death. August would stab Wilhelm in his back after exposing anonymously on the web a video he recorded of Simon's and Wilhelm´s secret adventure they had in “private”. This happened after Wilhelm exposed his cousin's financial situation in the middle of a discussion to get out of a drug consumer-related problem one of their club members was caught up in, involving all of them. August suggested they blamed Simon because he´s an outsider and is not to their “level”, this was unacceptable by Wilhelm’s, so he proposed another excuse instead of blaming Simon, while he exposed August´s situation after being annoyed by him and his sometimes-unconsidered behavior. 


August will then regret exposing his cousin on the internet after finding out that Wilhelm asked his mom to pay his cousin's tuition fee when he found out that his family was in a bad financial situation and could not afford to pay anymore. 


Despite all the ups and downs and insecurity, Wilhelm always had Simon there to listen and support him, I guess this what made the young prince fell in love with him more, but even after a while, Simon told him he had to choose what he wanted for himself.


Episode six ended with Wilhelm returning to his family for the holidays, but before he gave Simon an emotional and expressive hug in front of everyone, which was the first time he did something like that in public. While hugging Simon, he told him “I love you” then went off in his car while looking straight at the camera like back in the first episode. 


I personally enjoyed this series, mostly for the topic and notable diversity, the focus on the royal life and a situation that in real life could be true, characters that represent our modern-day diverse society, and how complicated it is for a young person to be their self, especially when they are not as society and traditions say they should be.


Any open mind person that watches this series I am sure they will enjoy it. It gives a message of hope and resiliency to those who wish to just be their selves. Hoping just for that, Netflix can bring out a second season to answer the last episode's doubts.