Queen Charlotte

Queen Charlotte: viewers gain insight into the selfless love she had for King George

In the latest installment of Ms. Shonda Rhimes Bridgerverse, Queen Charlotte and King George love story gives hopeless romantics (like me) hope!

In the 6 episode series viewers get to see how a young Charlotte (India Amarteifio) came to sit on the throne of the British empire — and how her arranged marriage to King George III (Corey Mylchreest) evolved into an actual love story built on sacrifice, acceptance, and commitment.

Queen Charlotte
A Bridgerton Story. Cr. Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2023

When we first meet Charlotte in the series, she’s a witty and fierce 17-year-old being whisked away from her native Germany to England to marry a man she hasn’t met. As her brother Adolphus (Tunji Kasim) explains, her marriage is about duty to country and service, and pained as she is, she accepts her responsibility with chin-up resolve (except of course for that brief moment in the first episode when she was like,” hell no!” and attempts to climb over a wall and run for the hills ).

As the story unfolds, though, we learn more of all that the young Queen had to face in her new role: prejudice and bigotry, loneliness, and finding out that her new husband, his momma and handlers have been hiding the fact that he has been dealing with a mental illness. In a recent interview Shonda Rhimes says she wanted to explore how people arrive at love — not so much in the “feelings” sense most of us equate with love, but the practical, sometimes unpleasant parts of love that make love really mean something.

“Long-term relationships,” says Rhimes, “are about constantly overcoming and constantly choosing again, and again and again, to love somebody. It’s a commitment that you make every day. And I wanted to show what that feels like.”


Queen Charlotte is now streaming on Netflix.

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