In our new series, Classic Kdramas 101, we recommend dramas you mayhave missed and one that deserves the royal treatment is the series,"Princess Hours."
This drama is a retelling of the Princess Diana story-commoner findsthat living among royalty is not all you might imagine-but with asatisfying kdrama ending. The drama also wonders what it would be likeif Korea still had a royal family, which it doesn't, and how such afamily might cope with a scandal.
In this alternate royal reality, the nation's king is sick so itbecomes a priority for Crown Prince Lee Shin, played by Ju Ji Hoon, tofind a bride. The girl he wants to marry refuses his offer, but that'sjust as well since apparently his grandfather, the late king, made anarrangement with a lifelong friend that their grandchildren shouldmarry.
Who should that grandchild turn out to be but Chae Kyeong, played byYoon Eun Hye. She attends the same art school as the prince and theyhave already had a run in. Her family is close but poor and they are onthe verge of bankruptcy. So, when they are contacted about a royalmarriage, her parents consider it a blessing. While the idea of marryingsomeone she does not love is not appealing to Chae Kyeong, she agreesto be wed to save her family.
Like Princess Diana, the exuberant Chae Kyeong provides a breath offresh air in the palace, easily winning over the royal family and thenation's people with her charm. The only person she cannot win over isthe cold distant prince. She has better luck with his cousin, Yul,played by Kim Jeong Hoon. Yul was once heir to the throne and would havebeen the prince pledged to marry Chae Kyeong if he not lost his placein the royal succession.
While this drama is a little long, because it was so popular thatepisodes were added, you cannot help but cheer for Chae Kyeong as shevaliantly copes with her less stifling surroundings.
This series also has two of my favorite Kdrama supporting actors: KimHye Ja as the Queen Mother and princes' grandmother and Kang Nam Gil asChae Kyeong's overly enthusiastic father.
This sweet and charming drama manages to deliver a few importantmessages: all that glitters is not gold, money and power cannot buy youhappiness and you have to be true to yourself. And the sets and costumesare gorgeous.
Have you seen it yet? What do you think?