THIS moment always gets me. It is the first thing that has ever happened between them that can not be misinterpreted. The first blatantly sexual gesture they have ever made towards each other. There is a moment of hesitation and then Wilhelm gets on top of him and Simon immediately opens his legs to make room for him. They fall into their dynamic so easily and this is the first time we (and they) see it: Simon is underneath him, watching him carefully and Wilhelm is looking down at him, not breaking eye contact as they position themselves. Imagine how fast their hearts would’ve been beating in this moment…
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Simon's right hand is gently stroking Wille's neck and chest. And Simon's left hand - and this is the first time I noticed that - the left hand is on Wille's waist, holding him close.
The left hand, how could I miss the left hand all those times I watched and rewatched.
I feel like I missed an important part of that scene. 🙈
Note: Tumblr doesn't want me to post the matching gifs, because they are too explicit... I am mad!!!
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So in the gym when Wilhelm's asking Simon to stay the weekend, y'all notice how Simon's gaze keeps flicking to Wilhelm's lips subconsciously, but little baby's trying so hard not to let his eyes linger there, trying so hard not to remember, because Wille said to forget, he has to forget.
It's not until Wilhelm's words, I take it back, that Simon's eyes catch on his lips and stay there. He's allowing himself to hope, daydream, now that he's made Wilhelm work for it. Heard him say it out loud.
He put himself out there last time and was not doing it again without something from Wilhelm. And it's so obvious, you can literally see his mind running a mile when Wilhelm gives him that inch; he's so smitten already.
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I can't help it but always see this moment as if Simon is drawing a smile on Wille's face, so delicately tugging on his lips to form a smile on his pretty face
makes him smile like the very first moment
then pulls him close like their first kiss.
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When I was thinking about YR today (which happens daily as I’m sure you all know), I realized that there is a widely-held belief that never really sat right with me, and it’s that Simon breaks up with Wille because he won’t come out. Simon has been praised for not forcing Wille to come out in order to be with him and for encouraging him to do it on his own terms, yet deciding that he ultimately can’t be with someone who’s not out, and I just really don’t think that’s why he ended things. I think it’s a little more complicated than that.
The main issue is that Wille broke his trust; he told him they were handling the video together and that Wille was just going to not say anything (which would mean not coming out and Simon seemed okay with that, so long as he didn’t deny it), and then unilaterally denied the video without consulting Simon first. To add insult to injury, he comes and tells Simon they can still be together but they can’t be seen, and I think that’s the real issue.
I think Simon realized that he wasn’t as high on Wille’s priority list as he thought he was, that Wille was always going to crack under the pressure no matter how much support and love Simon gave him, and Simon had given him so much. He’d given Wille so much and Wille didn’t even call him to tell him he’d changed his mind; he had to find out by reading an article. This goes back to their fight in the music room; once again, Wille does not consider how things affect Simon. Simon has and will continue to come in last.
The real kicker is Wille utterly failing to recognize this and suggesting that they still see each other in secret (this is not me bashing Wille; I understand EVERYTHING he does and why; I’m just speaking completely from Simon’s perspective here. That is completely different to what they were doing before; Simon didn’t mind keeping their relationship on the downlow to a certain extent, although I think attention should be drawn to the way Wille is actually actively hiding it - asking to leave his room separately - and Simon doesn’t really pay too much mind to it because he’s just so in love; he’s on cloud 9 and all he wants is to be near Wille, whether it’s in secret or not. We see the first crack in this when Wille blows Simon off to talk to August and Vincent; of course we know why Wille does this (he has to keep up appearances and he clearly doesn’t want to talk to him), but Simon looks so disappointed. He brushes it off quickly, but the glimpse is still there. However, Wille wasn’t too strict with the hiding just yet; they still went on that little date by the lake and can assume they talked in class, but now, Wille is saying they can’t even be seen together. What is that going to look like? Spending the night in each other’s arms and not even acknowledging each other the next day?
At this point, Simon has no idea what Wille wants; he’s certainly never directly told him. Can they be boyfriends if they don’t acknowledge each other in public, or are they just sleeping together? If he doesn’t desire the royal life, why does he let them dictate what he does? Does Wille even know what he wants? Simon knows what he wants; he’s in love with Wille and wants to be with him (listen to the way his voice trembles when he asks Wille if his family wants him to stop seeing Simon and when he asks if Wille will tell them he wants to be with him; Simon is in love), and I think he would be with Wille even if he didn’t want to come out, but not in a world where he can’t even be acknowledged; that’s just degrading.
That’s why he tells Wille, “you need to figure out what you want,” because until he does, their relationship is never going to work. Does Wille want to live his entire life being controlled by other people? If so, then he has the right to do so, but Simon knows that’s not what Wille wants; he’s encouraging him to fight back, but Simon can’t hold his hand through it. They’re not on the same page (as I said before, Simon knows what he wants; Wille doesn’t), and Simon knows there is too much risk he’ll get hurt again. He doesn’t hate Wille because I think he sees that Wille’s intentions are never bad, but that doesn’t obligate Simon to stand by and let it happen over and over.
The road to finding yourself is not an easy one and Wille is likely going to make a lot more mistakes leading towards it, but those mistakes are what allow him to learn, and no matter what Wille discovers, Simon will be on the other side waiting for him, either as a friend or a lover. Because at the end of the day, their relationship is built on genuine, caring, mutual love and respect for one another - it’s so healthy and you love to see it - and they do make each other happy, but Wille is not in a position to prioritize Simon’s needs at this time due to the oppressive circumstances surrounding him.
Long story short, the reason Simon broke up with Wille is not because Wille didn’t want to come out, but because keeping a relationship on the downlow is a lot different than being a literal secret, he was tired of the relationship only existing on Wille’s terms (as he himself said), tired of coming in last, and tired of not knowing what Wille wants, and I think Wille telling Simon he loves him at the end was him telling Simon what he wants; now it’s just a matter of what he’s lengths he’s willing to go to get it.
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they are in love your honor
If there ever comes a day where I don't draw Wilhelm in the purple hoodie at every given chance, hell has frozen over. Some process pics under the cut cause like, why not? Y'all can have a glimpse of my drawing process, as a treat.
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i’d give you my sunshine, give you my best, but the rain is always gonna come if you’re standing with me.
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fic: call me up late (ch 13/20)
wilhelm/simon: a couple of digits off from the intended recipient, and simon ends up texting the actual real life prince of sweden. weirder still, the prince keeps texting him back.
[read from beginning on AO3]
[read chapter thirteen on AO3]
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in celeberation of five months of young royals i would like to address a topic that is very important to me and very close to my heart so please listen closely
i miss wilhelm where is he bring him back to me now
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there's something so poetic about wille hiding his face simon's hoodie before their first time and then minutes later kissing the skin underneath
That scene is just a big poetic love letter. I never get tired of it 💜
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somebody told me that they didn't see the similarities between Red, White and Royal Blue and Young Royals
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When are we going to talk about their height difference in this scene?? And Wilhelm isn’t even standing up straight either… beautiful
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Wille and Simon walking in the woods and after their secret kiss Wille immediately puts his hand back into his pocket. Simon's hands have been deep in his pockets all along.
Both trying to keep their hands in check, because the urge to hold hands on their little stroll is too huge.
I want that, not only a forehead kiss, but them holding hands while walking to the lake or to class! Or just linked pinkies...
Yep! I put that on the list of my wants and needs for season 2
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Au idea: Wille being an exhausted 25 year old dad of a 10 year old little girl taking his daughter to her piano lessons and going weak at the knees for her instructor
Okay folks this is gonna be a honker of a post, an au of sorts that I made through collaboration and communism with these fine folks of the yr discord server: @tooindecisivetopickaurl @purplehoodiesimon @ungaroyals
It’s Wille and Felice’s kid, they were rebellious in high school, trying to pull away from their respective family images: Wille’s mom a ceo of whatever you feel like sunshine and Felice’s parents being modern day nobility.
A complete accident made by two barely teenagers just trying to like be themselves. They get kicked out of their homes but because Kristina isn’t like the devil; she’s just a bitch thank you very much, she gets them the worlds rattiest apartment in the middle of a shitty neighborhood and gives Wille enough money a month for food and bus fair. It fucking blows but that’s how the cookie crumbles
Thank god they have Madison, the worlds best fuckin friend, who upon hearing the news, decided to become a one man show and strong arm her parents into letting her not only stay in Stockholm but help with living expenses by becoming their roommate.
Because Madison is literally god, they name the kid after her, dubbing a literal 5 minute old infant Junior. So she’s Junior for life and everyone just accepts this little curly haired tyrant whenever she corrects them.
Wille and Felice didn’t even last in a relationship; realizing they were more suited to Besties till death due them part than they were anything else. Broke up before their daughter was even born thusly leaving them wide open for dating whomever they so choose *cough cough*
So when Felice and Madison get together no one bats an eye and they become Daddy, Mama, Mom and Junior. A happy family of four that doesn’t need anyone else.
Madison and Wille are also besties, Madison wants to push every button Wille has and Wille does his damnedest not to make sure Junior’s first word isn’t “fucking Madison” (affectionate)
And then time goes on and all of a sudden Madison and Felice are married and they’re all still living in a ratty apartment that’s been absolutely destroyed and lived in by this weird little family and everyone’s happy as they can be. Junior’s getting old enough for school and they have money but they’re in such a shit neighborhood that none of these three want to put their beloved little curly cue, big green eyed little brown baby in them. So Wille reaches out to his mother.
She’s kept in contact throughout the years, made sure to at least be in her grand baby’s life even if she didn’t like how Junior came into creation. Like I said; she’s a bitch not the devil. So Wille asks and Kristina says “okay, I’ll help but only if she grows up with some manners.”
Junior gets to go to a good school, The Parents™️ able to turn on the “we grew up rich so eat shit” whenever they have to deal with annoying ass wasp-y parents and annoying ass spoiled little tots. They make it work.
So when Madison introduces her girlfriend Rosh when Junior is nine and three quarters daddy how could you just say she’s nine? it’s completely normal and no one bats an eye. Felice and Madison have been experimenting and just enjoying peoples company and they have rules set so Junior isn’t involved unless it’s real and serious so Wille takes one look at the absolute Butch Lesbian reading to his baby girl about soccer, he just nods and accepts that this is a new person in his life.
He wears a wedding ring, wasp moms are notorious and fucking annoying and he likes to trip them up by saying both Felice and Madison are his wife.
In comes Simon, Rosh’s bestie and piano teacher for little bratty rich kids. For nearly three months he heard Rosh talk on and on and on about this girl she was seeing who’s married Simon? How cool is that! A two for one deal who fucking like me? Nice and who’s Simon to rain on her parade. On top of that he hears about their roommate? Or he thinks it’s their roommate anyways, some guy who lives with them who - according to Rosh, has an ass that just won’t quit. A bonafide twunk himbo crossbreed.
But Simon is too focused on his job, on teaching little kids the basics and trying hard not to call them little crotch goblins to their faces. Their parents spend a fortune sending them to him. And he’s not a complete idiot.
So one day this absolutely stunning woman and her beautiful little girl who’s smart and funny and actually incredibly talented walk through his door and he’s like damn i wanna keep you forever. He gets to know her mom - Felice, and the kiddo - Madison but her name is Junior got that? And decides that she makes the rest of the day better.
And Junior goes home and tells her daddy and her mom and Rosh, who’s she’s started calling Ima after about a month of Rosh coming over and finding out Rosh was Jewish, all about her cool new piano teacher who’s funny and smart and has really pretty hair. And Wille smiles, love in his eyes for his baby girl and promises he’ll come to her practice one day.
He does just that two weeks later. And my god does his heart stop the second he sees who’s been teaching his daughter. The worlds most beautiful man: tan skin, curly hair, the biggest eyes eyes ever seen on a person and - he’s a little ashamed to admit this - the fattest ass. They lock eyes and it’s like the world stands still, both of their orbits colliding in an unfixable, irreplaceable way.
Wille starts picking Junior up every week.
The girls make fun of him mercilessly.
Simon and Wille get closer and closer, Simon noticing Wille’s wedding band and thinking Jesus Christ I can’t fall for a married man! His wife is a literal angel! Which is true but oh so wrong.
They are stupid men who are dumb and don’t understand that words are an option until they finally do because once again Madison and Felice to the rescue. So then Simon finally visits the house he realizes oh my god these people are poor. And then he sees Rosh and he’s like BITCH WHAT???? And Rosh just looks at him like he’s an absolute idiot moron and promptly calls him an idiot moron. Junior laughs.
Anyways now they’re a family. Wille and Simon, Felice and Madison and Rosh. And Junior. daddy, papa, mama, mom, ima. And junior.
This is Our Au. Communism. Like Simon would’ve wanted.
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Look at this baby 😩
also I’m posting tusses’ performance cause it was literally after this (Edvin introduced it) and was so good ahhhhh
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It’s been 5 months since the show premiered and I’ll still never understand the whole “Wille fell harder” thing.
My dudes, they both fell for each other so hard. They just express it in different ways.
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Honestly part of the reason I love Young Royals and think it's one of the best queer stories on television is like, yes they have the trope of "I can't be with you if you're not out" but there's no pressure at all from Simon on it. And like, you never see that with this storyline because so much media loves drama and ultimatums. Even good queer stories fall to this sometimes like Adam and Eric in Sex Education. They're really good queer representation, but Eric is still pressuring him to come out. Or like Love, Simon. Really good, fun story, but there's still that moment towards the end where there's this like public pressure to show up. A lot of queer stories have a moment of "I'm not being with you if you won't come out." Which is valid by the way, you shouldn't force yourself back into the closet for someone no matter how much you love them, but there's always this element of pressure. It's "I'm not being with you if you won't come out, and I expect you to come out so please come out already so we can be together." Whereas with Simon and Wilhelm it's "I'm not being with you if you won't come out, I understand what you do and the decisions you make but I can't do that." Simon's statement is about himself. It's "I won't stay in the closet, so I'm going to do what I need to do and break up with you. You can take as much time as you need to figure out what you want, but I can't be with you while you do that for my sake." He puts absolutely no pressure on Wilhelm to come out. I actually really hope they don't get back together immediately in s2. I want Wilhelm to come out for himself, I want him to make that decision because it's what he wants, to be himself, not because he wants to be with Simon.
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"Karma said, if you break someone's heart and they still talk to you with the same excitement and respect, believe me they really love you"
This phrase always reminds me of them here.
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I can't make it tonight
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