Lifetime Will Take on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Romance in New Film

Lifetime Will Take on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Romance in New Film


Is a marriage between a prince and a commoner really legitimate if there’s no Lifetime movie to chronicle the events leading to it? Probably not! Fear not. The cable network is working on Harry & Meghan: The Royal Love Story right now.

Per Deadline, Lifetime head of programming Liz Gateley mentioned the project at the Television Critics Association. It’ll share a director with E!’s The Royals, Menhaj Huda. There’s no word on premiere date, though the network casting now. Remember—if one can even reach back this far—that Lifetime’s William & Kate: The Movie, which covered Prince William and Kate Middleton’s romance, premiered almost a fortnight before their 2011 wedding. As a side note, Harry and Markle plan to marry on May 19.

Harry & Meghan will cover their year and a half of dating prior to the wedding, including, presumably their introduction as well as the time word of their relationship leaked and Prince Harry issued an admonishing letter. Deadline adds that it will also address, “Meghan’s life as a divorced American actress.”

It will be especially interesting to see who’s cast as the female lead, since Markle’s past life as an actress saw her starring in a handful of Hallmark films, a cousin to Lifetime’s offerings in its sentimental fare (though with far fewer murder narratives).

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Now *that’s* a royal welcome: organizers turned Washington, D.C.’s Pennsylvania Avenue into a be-streamered parade route welcoming Queen Elizabeth II to the States in October of 1957. The motorcade makes inaugural festivities look almost modest. *From Popperfoto/Getty Images.*

Now that’s a royal welcome: organizers turned Washington, D.C.’s Pennsylvania Avenue into a be-streamered parade route welcoming Queen Elizabeth II to the States in October of 1957. The motorcade makes inaugural festivities look almost modest. From Popperfoto/Getty Images.

As a young queen, Elizabeth looks pleased to meet some burly, corn-fed American football players while attending a University of Maryland game in October 1957. We hear she did *several* keg stands at the pre-game tailgate. *From Popperfoto/Getty Images.*

As a young queen, Elizabeth looks pleased to meet some burly, corn-fed American football players while attending a University of Maryland game in October 1957. We hear she did several keg stands at the pre-game tailgate. From Popperfoto/Getty Images.

Brits and balcony photographs: ever the happy couple. Foppish, floppy-haired Prince Charles—age 22 at the time—surveys the kingdom that might’ve been his, had those tea-dumping settlers been squelched. To his left: President Nixon, gesturing to the White House grounds from its South Portico balcony; Princess Anne, in a sunny frock; and Mrs. Nixon, in blue. *© Bettmann/Corbis.*

Brits and balcony photographs: ever the happy couple. Foppish, floppy-haired Prince Charles—age 22 at the time—surveys the kingdom that might’ve been his, had those tea-dumping settlers been squelched. To his left: President Nixon, gesturing to the White House grounds from its South Portico balcony; Princess Anne, in a sunny frock; and Mrs. Nixon, in blue. © Bettmann/Corbis.

Tricia Nixon, daughter of President Nixon, makes a remark to Prince Charles, sporting a vigorously combed side part. For his part, Charles looks rather unamused. *© JP Laffont/Sygma/Corbis.*

Tricia Nixon, daughter of President Nixon, makes a remark to Prince Charles, sporting a vigorously combed side part. For his part, Charles looks rather unamused. © JP Laffont/Sygma/Corbis.

In bonny blue and a brooch, the Queen paces the docks at Jamestown, where English settlers first landed in 1607. Her 2007 visit to the Virginia landmark was to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the East India Company’s crossing and the historic English settlement in the New World. *By Chris Jackson/Getty Images.*

In bonny blue and a brooch, the Queen paces the docks at Jamestown, where English settlers first landed in 1607. Her 2007 visit to the Virginia landmark was to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the East India Company’s crossing and the historic English settlement in the New World. By Chris Jackson/Getty Images.

A conveyance to which she’s quite accustomed: the Queen gets around Colonial Williamsburg in a saffron-fringed carriage, replete with tricorn-hatted footmen. Not unlike her ride after the royal wedding—except in America, those guys are *actors.* *By Heather S. Hughes/Newport News Daily Press/MCT via Getty Images.*

A conveyance to which she’s quite accustomed: the Queen gets around Colonial Williamsburg in a saffron-fringed carriage, replete with tricorn-hatted footmen. Not unlike her ride after the royal wedding—except in America, those guys are actors. By Heather S. Hughes/Newport News Daily Press/MCT via Getty Images.

A prince in Queens: Harry cocks the royal cannon to show off his arm on the pitcher’s mound, throwing out the ball at a 2010 Mets–Minnesota Twins game at Citi Field. *By George Napolitano/Getty Images.*

A prince in Queens: Harry cocks the royal cannon to show off his arm on the pitcher’s mound, throwing out the ball at a 2010 Mets–Minnesota Twins game at Citi Field. By George Napolitano/Getty Images.

Now that’s a royal welcome: organizers turned Washington, D.C.’s Pennsylvania Avenue into a be-streamered parade route welcoming Queen Elizabeth II to the States in October of 1957. The motorcade makes inaugural festivities look almost modest. From Popperfoto/Getty Images.

As a young queen, Elizabeth looks pleased to meet some burly, corn-fed American football players while attending a University of Maryland game in October 1957. We hear she did several keg stands at the pre-game tailgate. From Popperfoto/Getty Images.

Brits and balcony photographs: ever the happy couple. Foppish, floppy-haired Prince Charles—age 22 at the time—surveys the kingdom that might’ve been his, had those tea-dumping settlers been squelched. To his left: President Nixon, gesturing to the White House grounds from its South Portico balcony; Princess Anne, in a sunny frock; and Mrs. Nixon, in blue. © Bettmann/Corbis.

Tricia Nixon, daughter of President Nixon, makes a remark to Prince Charles, sporting a vigorously combed side part. For his part, Charles looks rather unamused. © JP Laffont/Sygma/Corbis.

If not the most famous image of royalty in America, it’s top five: Princess Diana gets a twirl from feverish dancer John Travolta, dancing on the White House’s marble floors at a formal state dinner. Nancy Reagan, in a slim white column, approves! © Pool Photograph/Corbis.

Doing as the commoners do: Princess Di looks slightly fatigued at the ordeal of wending through a suburban J.C. Penney, her purpose to view a display of British fashions on sale. Charles, meanwhile, appears to have found some interesting haberdashery. There’s no accounting for taste. © Bettmann/Corbis.

Good game, good game, good game: Queen Elizabeth and then president George Bush form a receiving line to greet the Baltimore Orioles after a May 1991 game. No word on whether her possibly controversial choice of attire—Red Sox red?—was intentional! By Tim Graham/Getty Images.

Like heat-seeking missiles, all good Brits can and will find the nearest impractically feathered hat: Prince Charles (pointing) and his wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, pose in November 2005 with a behatted Beach Blanket Babylon performer (center) in San Francisco, former secretary of state George Schultz (at far right), and his wife (far left) in San Francisco. © Chris Stewart/Pool/San Francisco Chronicle/Corbis.

And now time for a much-needed drink: the Prince and his wife go wild—as wild as they get, anyway—in this True Grit–esque photo-op outside a California frontier saloon. We hope it had one of those sepia photo booths with cowboy and lady-of-ill-repute costumes. By Chris Jackson/Getty Images.

In Washington, D.C., Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall view the “Wall of Stars,” the World War II memorial, with the Lincoln Memorial towering in the background. By Chris Jackson/Getty Images.

Hoop, there it is: Charles got game in this January 2007 photo, in which the salt-and-pepper royal attempts a one-handed shot on a Harlem court. Has anyone ever played hoops while wearing an effete gold pinkie ring on the other hand? By Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.

Oh hey! Prince Charles peeps out from behind the Liberty Bell on a January 2007 visit to Philadelphia. By Akira Suwa-Pool/Getty Images.

In bonny blue and a brooch, the Queen paces the docks at Jamestown, where English settlers first landed in 1607. Her 2007 visit to the Virginia landmark was to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the East India Company’s crossing and the historic English settlement in the New World. By Chris Jackson/Getty Images.

A conveyance to which she’s quite accustomed: the Queen gets around Colonial Williamsburg in a saffron-fringed carriage, replete with tricorn-hatted footmen. Not unlike her ride after the royal wedding—except in America, those guys are actors. By Heather S. Hughes/Newport News Daily Press/MCT via Getty Images.

A prince in Queens: Harry cocks the royal cannon to show off his arm on the pitcher’s mound, throwing out the ball at a 2010 Mets–Minnesota Twins game at Citi Field. By George Napolitano/Getty Images.



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