Get ready, royal family fans! A new TV special that will take a riveting deep-dive into the extraordinary life of Meghan Markle is coming to the small screen and we can’t wait to watch. Meghan Markle: American Princess — which is set to air on Friday, April 20 at 10 p.m. EST on CBS — will chronicle Meghan’s life from grade school, to acting, to meeting her future husband Prince Harry and feature personal interviews from her friends and family including her sorority sisters, high school teachers, and fellow cast members from the TV series Suits.
Hosted by CBS This Morning’s Gayle King, the documentary special will also feature CBS News royal contributor Tina Brown. In addition, royal experts and media types will offer insight on the couple’s future nuptials, and perhaps the most moving part, explain why their romance is so important for the progression of the British monarchy.
“Everything that could have gotten you beheaded 500 years ago, that’s why this engagement, this marriage, has already brought the monarchy well into the 21st century,” Vanity Fair writer Sam Kashner said of the show. To be fair, Meghan has always been forward-thinking beyond her years.
Nickelodeon’s Linda Ellerbee, who is also featured in the special, provides the most adorable anecdote about a then 12-year-old Meghan. After watching a Procter & Gamble dishwashing commercial that Meghan deemed sexist, she wrote to Linda. At the time, Linda was the executive producer and anchor of Nick News. After she profiled the adolescent Meghan, Procter & Gamble changed their marketing campaign. “I knew after that story that this little girl wasn’t going to change,” Linda said. “That she was going to change her world.”
Viewers can also expect to hear from Alexi Lubomirski — the official royal wedding photographer — who shot Meghan and Harry’s engagement photos. “They’re just a young couple in love. It’s the most beautiful thing to see. And I’m a cheeseball so I love that kind of stuff,” he said. These are just some of the noteworthy interviewees being featured, for more amazing inside information on the future princess, tune into Meghan Markle: American Princess!