Harry & Meghan: A Royal RomanceLatest News and Opinion
Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 10:53PM EDT
The Meghan Markle-Prince Harry specials have been terrible
"Avoid all of these shows," Margaret Lyons says after watching seven of them, from TLC's When Harry Met Meghan: A Royal Engagement to Lifetime's Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance to CBS' Meghan Markle: American Princess. "The convergence of history, celebrity and glamour should be a fertile area for one-off TV specials, and there’s plenty of genuine information — about rituals, about rites, about politics, about tiaras, about dads — worth acknowledging or exploring," says Lyons. "Also, come on: Weddings are fun! At times, these shows are giddy and fizzy and dorky, and I learned a few historical tidbits along the way. But the claims to personal intimacy ranged from visibly untrue to quietly sad, and the shows all used many of the same talking heads, the same clips and the same dumb, dubious claims (no, Suits is not a celebrity-making show). A boring tabloid is a sin. Worse, the contrived narrative that the shows collectively push — the idea that Harry and Meghan’s romance is 'a fairy tale' — is jarringly backward."
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Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 11:28PM EDT
Lifetime's Harry & Meghan movie took a controversial stance on the royal family's rumored ancestry
Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance ended with a rumor that has stuck to the Royal family for years. "Admittedly, information on historical figures can’t necessarily be spoiled in the traditional sense when it comes to movies and TV. But in the case of the Lifetime movie Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance, its portrayal of the royal couple hews so closely to reality that some scenes that take storytelling license may be mistaken for fact," says Hanh Nguyen, adding that "while the Queen did give approval in real life for Harry and Meghan to get hitched, Lifetime’s movie took the fairy tale one step further."
Posted Wednesday 5/09/18 at 10:52PM EDT
Lifetime to follow Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance with documentary Harry and Meghan: Royal Rebels
The cable network decided that Sunday's fictional TV movie on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's romance should be accompanied by a one-hour special on how they are being "royal rebels" in bucking tradition for their royal wedding.
Posted Tuesday 5/08/18 at 9:08PM EDT
Lifetime's Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance was written in two weeks
Lifetime greenlit the TV movie, airing Sunday, the same day Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement. Scarlett Lacey, who co-wrote the script with Terrence Coli, said they started writing in December and finished in January. “It was fast. It was very fast,” adds Coli. “Two weeks.”
Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 7:23PM EDT
Claim: Royal Family is worried about a sex scene in Lifetime's Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance
“What I’ve heard is that they’re seriously worried about the sex scene,” says the film's director, Menhaj Huda, who adds that Buckingham Palace didn't like a scene in the trailer of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in bed together. Where did Huda get this information? “My wife’s best friend has been dating the press secretary of the palace," he says. ALSO: A former Will & Grace producer created an Instagram show about 4-year-old Prince George plotting to derail the royal wedding.
Posted Wednesday 5/02/18 at 10:57PM EDT
Presenting a rundown of all this month's Meghan Markle-Prince Harry TV specials
Smithsonian Channel, PBS, Lifetime, Fox, NBC and HBO all have special programming dedicated to the May 19 wedding.
Posted Thursday 4/05/18 at 6:37PM EDT
Lifetime releases a "cheesy" trailer for Harry and Meghan: A Royal Romance
The Lifetime version of Prince Harry says at one point in the trailer, "I don’t need my life to be this perfect royal picture … I just need you.” ALSO: Check out pics of Meghan Markle's wedding ... on Suits.
Posted Thursday 3/29/18 at 8:36PM EDT
Meghan Markle received her first kiss from James Corden's Drop the Mic beatboxer
The Suits star revealed in a 2013 interview that Joshua Silverstein, who stars on the James Corden-produced TBS show, kissed her when she was 13. "Meghan and I are the same age so, I know I was about 13 or 14," Silverstein tells The Daily Mail. "I obviously don't remember 'the kiss'- but I do know that I was the first guy she kissed. She was a nice, kind, sweet girl."
Posted Friday 3/16/18 at 10:02PM EDT
Watch the first Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance teaser
“I don’t need my life to be this perfect royal picture,” Murray Fraser's Prince Harry tells Parisa Fitz-Henley's Meghan Markle in the promo for the May 13 Lifetime movie. “I just need you.”
Posted Tuesday 3/13/18 at 10:17PM EDT
How Lifetime's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle actors landed their roles
Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance star Parisa Fitz-Henley hadn't been paying attention to her real life counterpart until she read about Markle's engagement. “I saw their engagement interview and thought it was so sweet and ended up making a call to my manager saying, ‘If they ever make a movie about this, I'd love to audition." Fitz-Henley prepared for the role by watching episodes of The Crown. She also discovered she identifies with Markle in that she too has been divorced and has experienced issues with race. Meanwhile, Murray Fraser nabbed the role after sending an audition tape with his male friend playing Markle. Fraser has since gotten ribbing from his friends and family, especially after he said they dyed "my hair ginger, which was kind of a shock."
Posted Monday 3/12/18 at 5:49PM EDT
Lifetime's Harry & Meghan gets a premiere date -- and two new "romantic" pics
Check out Lifetime's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Prince William and Kate Middleton dining together in the first photos from Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance, which will be shown on May 13. The real Prince Harry and Markle tie the knot six days later.
Posted Friday 3/09/18 at 2:00PM EST
Lifetime's Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance finds its Prince Charles and Camilla Bowles
Steve Coulter and Deborah Ramsey have been cast as the royal couple on the Lifetime movie about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Posted Thursday 2/22/18 at 2:24PM EST
Lifetime's Harry & Meghan movie casts its Prince William and Kate Middleton
Australian actor Burgess Abernethy will play the heir to the throne, while the Canada-based actress Laura Mitchell will take on the role of his wife in the Lifetime film Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance.
Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 9:04PM EST
Lifetime's Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance casts Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth II
New Zealand actress Bonnie Soper will take on the role of Princess Di, while Fargo vet Margaret Sullivun will play the matriarch of the Royal family.
Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 4:30AM EST
Lifetime's Harry & Meghan: The Royal Romance begins filming
Do Murray Fraser and Parisa Fitz-Henley look like Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on the set of their Lifetime film?