Royal Highness (Chinese Drama Review & Summary)

Cdrama 2018

Royal Highness (Chinese Drama Review & Summary)

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  • Genre: Historical Costume Drama, Romance, Friendship, Rags to Riches
  • Date Released: 2018
  • Origin: China; Based on a novel by Yue Guan called Return to the Ming Dynasty To Be A Royal Highness
  • Cdrama: 40 Episodes


  • Jiang Jin Fu as Yang Ling
  • Crystal Yuan as Han You Niang
  • Zhang Zi Fan as Wu Han Chao
  • Liu Rui Lin as Zhu Houzhao / Zhengde Emperor
  • Ada Liu as Cheng Qi Yun / Dai Lou’er
  • Wang Zi Xuan as Ma Lian’er

Episode 1

Han You Niang was in the middle of marrying the corpse of Yang Ling when his relatives barged in.

They tried to stop the wedding because they thought she was after Yang Ling’s properties.

Han You Niang said that was far from the truth.  She had been in love with You Niang since she was seven years old.

To prove that she was true to Yang Ling, she went to his coffin and opened it to enter it and die with him.

But the opened coffin presented an undead Yang Ling.  He was not dead but he had a sort of selective memory loss.

You Niang took care of him because he was really weakened.  He had some sort of heart disease and may be living on borrowed time.  Yang Ling had asked the doctor not to tell You Niang so not to worry her.

You Niang really took charge of their situation.  She even sold her wedding dress so she could buy nutritious food for Yang Ling.

Yang Ling was a renowned scholar and he was immediately recruited by the magistrate to become his assistant when he showed his prowess with questioning and investigation.

Episode 2

Dada, the Tartars sent 50,000 soldiers to invade JiMing Yi county, which was grossly undefended.  It had only a 1000 fighter.

Yang Ling took the lead in trying to stabilised Ji MIng Yi while awaiting reinforcement from the palace.

Episode 3

It was a bloody massacre.  Mayor Ma died trying to ensure that the gate of Ji Ming remained firmly closed.

But before dying, Mayor Ma made Yang Ling promised that he will look after his children especially his daughter, Ma Lanier, who likes him.

The reinforcement arrived and the Tartars pulled back.  But there were wily.  They tried different tactics to get to JiMing.

Fortunately, Yang Ling thought that it was suspicious that the Tartar would give up so easily so he devised a plan to sent cavalry to different directions to confuse the Tartars.

But in the end, Yang Ling ended up by the cliff with Ma Lanier.  They chose to jump rather than be arrested by tortured by the tartar.

The cliff was so deep that everyone assumed that he died.

His ‘wife’ You Niang was beside herself with grief but refused to believe that he was dead.

He was of course not dead because he was free-falling with Ma Lanier in his arms he even kissed her.  Beast!!!

Ma Lanier would not let him forget what happened.  She ventured the idea that he should marry her when they get back.

Yang Ling said that he was already married to You Niang.

Ma Lanier asked why he was devoted to You Niang.

He was that he could not say for certain that You Niang was beautiful or the most beautiful woman in the world because he had not seen all the women in the world.  (he was being pedantic but still a beast)

Anyway, Ma Lanier offered herself to him to be his concubine.

Episode 4

No more sub!  I am sobbing!

Anyway, Yang Ling and Ma Lanier were surrounded by raving wolves.  Ma Lanier took the opportunity to snog Yang Ling before they die.  Yang Ling was rather complacent with the kiss.  But a couple of brothers saved them.

They became a talk of the town.  Ma Lanier’s reputation was on the line so her brother was marrying her off to an official.

Yang Ling made some excuse to You Niang to leave to go to the wedding.

Episode 5

Yang Ling stopped Ma Lanier’s wedding and promised to marry her himself.

This was heard by You Niang who packed her bags and left.

Yang Ling was devastated by You Niang

Episode 40

Happy Ending!

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