Netflix’s The Royal Treatment hid a major Easter egg in the movie

The Royal Treatment. (L-R) Laura Marano as Izzy, Mena Massoud as Prince Thomas in The Royal Treatment. Cr. Kirsty Griffin/Netflix © 2021
The Royal Treatment. (L-R) Laura Marano as Izzy, Mena Massoud as Prince Thomas in The Royal Treatment. Cr. Kirsty Griffin/Netflix © 2021 /

Valentine’s Day might be a few weeks away, but Netflix has just dropped arguably one of its most fun romantic comedies yet with the release of The Royal Treatment!

Starring Mena Massoud and Laura Marano, The Royal Treatment begins with a chance encounter that all begins when New York City salon owner Isabella (Marano) is called upon to cut the hair of Prince Thomas (Massoud) due to an accidental mix up which occurs when his royal aid calls the wrong salon.

After impressing the Prince and catching his attention, Isabella and her stylists are hired to do the hair for the royal wedding — one connected to an arranged marriage more about duty than love. Their chance interaction leads them on an unexpected journey to taking control of their own destiny by following their hearts.

The film is the perfect addition to Netflix’s ever-growing catalog of romantic comedies and audiences are sure to fall in love with The Royal Treatment — thanks largely to the amazing chemistry between Massoud and Marano. It also appears to be the latest addition to the Netflix Christmas movie universe as well, as evident by the major Easter egg snuck in within the first few minutes of the film.

The Royal Treatment expands Netflix Christmas movie universe

As the movie begins, Isabella is seen strolling through the streets of New York making stops within her community on her way to work. Her final stop is at a newsstand where she picks up her personal guilty pleasure read, the latest tabloid which features the headline, “Hot prince visit makes temperatures rise in the city.”

After laughing about the headline, Isabella makes a comment about the prince’s hair and desperate need for a haircut to which the owner of the newsstand comments back, “Where on Earth is Lavania?

Rather than using a real geographical location to clue folks in on the location of the fictional country, Isabella instead remarks that the country is located “East of Aldovia.” Ring any bells?

If you’re a fan of Netflix Christmas movies, you likely picked up on the Easter egg right away as Aldovia happens to be the fictional country that serves as the backdrop of Netflix’s A Christmas Prince trilogy!

The line, brief as it might be, seems to establish yet another connection in the shared universe Netflix is building which all seem to tie back to A Christmas Prince — which makes sense given the franchise’s status as the first major Netflix Christmas franchise.

If The Royal Treatment is set in the same universe as A Christmas Prince, that would mean it’s also set within the same universe as The Princess Switch films as well as The Knight Before Christmas and A Christmas Castle — which all share connections to Aldovia.

The Royal Treatment is streaming now on Netflix.

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