Lifetime Cast Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for New TV Film
By Stacy Lambe
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s romance is getting the Lifetime treatment -- again.
Following the Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance, which depicted the couple’s whirlwind courtship leading up to their high-profile wedding, the network announced a new sequel, Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal. The new, scripted film will go inside the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first year of marriage, “pulling back the curtain to reveal the untold joys and challenges of life inside the royal family.”
With the one-year anniversary of the royal wedding quickly approaching on May 19 and Markle expected to give birth in the next few months, the film does not have an official premiere date.
While Murray Fraser and Parisa Fitz-Henley portrayed the Royal couple in the first film, Lifetime has tapped Tiffany Marie Smith (Supernatural) and Charlie Field (Genius) to take over the roles of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.
Ahead of the first film, Frazer and Fitz-Henley spoke to ET about the pressures of portraying the respective royals. Fitz-Henley, in particular, was worried about portraying Markle “in a way that feels authentic,” while Fraser had “serious doubts” about taking on a role which would attract global attention and scrutiny.
He also weighed the pros and cons of doing the film, before coming to the conclusion that it was a smart move. “The director made my decision a lot clearer because I was going to talk to them about how I don’t want to mimic [Harry and] be an impersonation of the guy,” Fraser explained. “I want to get his essence and energy and bring that to the screen rather than being a copycat. The director was very cool with that and seeing the same image that I was.”
Written by Scarlett Lacey and directed by Menhaj Huda, production on Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal begins later this month in Vancouver with a premiere date slated for the spring of 2019.