Say cheese: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle score a movie
Oh boy, what would we do without the British royal family for entertainment? Despite the influence of digital publishing and social media, if there's one thing that's been constant in our media habits over the past 30 odd years, it's our obsession with the royals. Sure, at times our amusement has bordered on shameful (blame the scandal-filled days of the '90s for that), but you have to admit in the past decade the millennials Prince William and Harry have done wonders for the royal family's rep. (Oh, and The Crown didn't hurt, either.)
And while the past 10 years have been decidedly Kate and Will focused, in 2017 we saw a shift towards the latest royal and commoner pairing: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. And after the swoon-worthy news of their engagement last year, we assumed it was only a matter of time before the Prince and his bride-to-be scored the ultimate poop culture compliment: a Lifetime channel movie about their relationship (don't roll your eyes, we all know you wouldn't switch channels if you happened upon it in, say, a hotel room at 2am).
Harry & Meghan: The Royal Love Story was confirmed on Deadline by Lifetime's head of programming Liz Gateley and while there's no word on the casting yet, the director Menhaj Huda is the same guy who brought you E!'s The Royals (it's ok, we're not familiar with this either). The film is set to chronicle the relationship between Harry and Meghan, from their initial meeting, to their secret trysts and the eventual media storm that followed their public couplingannouncement. According to Deadline, "Meghan's life as a divorced American actress" (their words, not ours) will also feature.
No date has been set for the premiere, but apparently Lifetime's other royal courtship flick William & Kate: The Movie aired just 11 days before Will and Kate's 2011 wedding. With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding set for May 19, we can only assume Lifetime will follow suit and air the TV movie before the nuptials. One can only imagine the quality of a Lifetime movie cobbled together in just four or five months. We can't wait to see who gets cast, can you?
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