At Hillerska, as is totally predictable in a teen romance show, he sees Simon (pop singer, Omar Rudberg) and falls for the cute boy singing in the choir. The rest of the series, his story is about balancing his desires with the expectations of him as a member of the royal family. The show's other characters deal with storylines involving money struggles, family trauma, self image, mental health, class inequiry, and other issues.
The show isn't perfect representation or strikingly original—it's about a prince and other privileged people. There's your standard coming out plotline. There are even a plot hole or two that crop up. But the two leads have fantastic chemistry and the moments that show the pull between desire and hesitation when it comes to first gay love are so well-directed. The cast are all excellent in their roles and Young Royals is far more representative of what real teens look like then American television—these aren't the muscle-laden models that are CW 'teens.' Even if you're rich or royalty, you still get acne in Young Royals. So, if you want a lovely little gay teen romance that's well-acted with just the right balance of angst and hope to escape into this weekend, binge through season one of Young Royals on Netflix.
All six episodes of season one dropped on Netflix on July 1, 2021 and no news of a season two has yet been announced.
Yes, this post is just an excuse to gush about the show because my little gay heart fluttered so many times watching it. I squeed at my televsion multiple times and this is just the type of show I wish I had as a gay teen. Anyone else watch it yet? And if not, I hope this post inspires you to do so. I need a season two so bad!