We’ve long maintained that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s love story has not-so-subtle echoes of the teen movies we grew up on. Commoner falls in love with tearaway Prince? It’s a storyline straight out of The Prince and Me. It’s hardly a surprise, then, to learn that the Lifetime Channel is pulling together a made-for-TV movie about the Prince and the Suits star’s courtship, set to broadcast on May 13, just six days ahead of the royal wedding.
Now, with less than two months to go before the film's release, the Lifetime Channel has released a 20 second teaser trailer, which manages to cram in all the heavy-handed dialogue ("I don't need my life to be this perfect royal picture. I just need you," fake Harry declaims at one point), sweeping backdrops, Ed Sheeran-esque guitar pop, and sunset kisses that we could ever have hoped for. Now all we need is a glimpse at the film's Cambridge family stand-ins (hi, small screen Prince George and Princess Charlotte) in action. Watch the trailer below!
Harry & Meghan: The Royal Love Story follows in the hallowed footsteps of William & Kate: The Movie which, despite covering the now-Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s relationship from St Andrew’s (famously in Scotland) to Westminster Abbey (famously in London), was almost entirely filmed in LA. Per The Guardian’s 2011 review, it also featured scenes of London buses driving on the right-hand side of the road.
Casting details for the project were announced by Lifetime earlier this year, revealing Parisa Fitz-Henley and Murray Fraser as our small screen Meghan and Harry. According to her IMBD page, Parisa has had a string of roles in many TV shows, the most prominent being in Netflix’s Jessica Jones and NBC’s supernatural drama Midnight, Texas. Murray's listing, meanwhile, features just two roles: in ITV’s Victoria and The Loch. In Parisa's case, the resemblance is certainly there; in Murray's case… the jury’s out.
According to Deadline, the film will follow Harry and Meghan’s romance from the moment they met on a "blind date" (how blind can a date be when one of the participants is the fifth in line to the throne of Great Britain?) through the early stages of their relationship, when they were able to keep things low key, and moving on to deal with the explosion of media attention which culminated in an engagement announcement from Clarence House last November. The industry bible also reveals that the film will deal with Meghan’s "life as a divorced American actress," whatever that means.
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This post was written by Katie Rosseinsky. It originally appeared on our sister site, Now to Love.