Prince Harry and Meghan Markle movie casts its Princess Diana

By: Gemma Strong

Lifetime has finally cast the roles of Princess Diana and the Queenin its new movie about Prince Harryand Meghan Markle. Bonnie Soper, an actress from New Zealand, will play the late princess, while Maggie Sullivan will play the monarch. The production is set to air before the duo’s nuptials on May 19 and already cast Murray Fraser and Parisa Fitz-Henley as the prince and former Suits star.

Parisa, meanwhile, is an American-Jamaican actress best known for her role as Reva Connors in Jessica Jones and Luke Cage. The 41-year-old has also starred in NBC drama Midnight, Texas. Parisa previously took to Instagram to confirm the news, writing: "Psyched we can finally share! So happy to be doing this project w/ #MurrayFraser (we gotta get this dude on IG asap!) and @lifetimetv!"

Filming for Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance is currently underway in Vancouver. The film will follow the royal relationship from the first day the couple met and will look at the media attention surrounding their engagement, which was announced in November. The Royals director Menhaj Huda is signed on to direct, while Merideth Finn and Michele Weiss are executive producers. Speaking about directing, Menhaj tweeted in January: "Harry & #MeghanMarkle TV Movie @lifetimetv - So excited to be helming such an inspirational love story of our time."

This isn't the first time Lifetime have based a film on the royal family; William & Kate: The Movie, was released just a few days after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's royal wedding in 2011. Interestingly, that project did not feature Princess Diana or the Queen.

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