Netflix’s Prequel, Queen Charlotte, Is Bridgerton at Its Blackest (review)


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Summary of Stephanie Holland’s review “Queen Charlotte Is Bridgerton at Its Blackest—and Best” published by The Root on May 4th, 2023.

Netflix's Queen Charlotte
Netflix’s Queen Charlotte / photo credit: Netflix

Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story is a one-sitting binge that uses its Regency-era setting to make modern commentary on the individuality, agency and respect of women. The prequel to the Netflix hit Bridgerton chronicles Golda Rosheuvel’s story between young Charlotte and and a young King George. India Amarteifio (plays Queen Charlotte) shines as a young woman who is thrust into a strange world and expected to immediately adapt. The series excells in its handling of how this royal world has treated race. Charlotte’s blackness is a constant bone of contention for her mother-in-law, Princess Augusta, who pretends like everyone is fine with the new queen’s black blood, while privately hitting Charlotte with a never-ending stream of microaggressions.

This story is extremely familiar to a lot of Black women – a story of acceptance, representation and dignity. It is also a love story between George and Charlotte, two star-crossed lovers who slowly become aware they are clearly meant to be much more. Amarteifio and co-star, Corey Mylchreest are the living embodiment of bodice-ripping chemistry. The prequel takes all the best pieces of Bridgerton and blends them into a captivating romance with a modern-day message.

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