The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s royal romance has certainly been one for the ages. It’s a story that first came to life in Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance, the Lifetime movie documenting the couple’s first years. Now, fans are being treated to an exciting sequel: Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal will bring Prince Harry and Meghan’s royal wedding, her first year as a duchess and more to life.
Here’s everything you need to know about it!
When will it be on TV?
Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal is set to air May 27 on Lifetime.
Who will play Prince Harry and Meghan?
There are two new royals on the block! Lifetime has casted a new Meghan and Harry. Last year’s film featured Parisa Fitz-Henley and Murray Fraser as the duchess and duke, respectively. This time, Tiffany Marie Smith has been tasked with playing Meghan, while Charlie Field will be Harry. If either look familiar, it’s because they've both appeared on some pretty popular shows – Tiffany’s been on Supernatural and Jane the Virgin, while Charlie’s on National Geographic's period drama Genius.
Will it include the royal wedding?
“The wedding certainly looms large... Like any movie in the wedding genre, however, the buildup and the aftermath matter as much as the wedding itself,” screenwriter Scarlett Lacey told Vanity Fair. “The film deals with the drama of planning a wedding: the moment you’d much rather elope, the moment your family might mess it all up – and they nearly do! The moment you actually walk down the aisle, the moment you first wake up as husband and wife, the realities of your new life hitting you hard, the first big fight, the first big make-up.” She also confirmed some of their A-list wedding guest roster – from George and Amal Clooney to Oprah Winfrey and the Beckhams – will be spotted on screen.
Tiffany told the glossy: “We definitely get to see parts of the wedding... That was probably one of the most surreal days of shooting for me – just putting the dress on and the tiara.” While Harry and Meghan’s big day will definitely be a focal point of the film, fans won’t get a peek inside the wedding reception, the actress revealed.
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Will duchesses Kate and Meghan’s relationship be feature?
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge both made appearances in the first film, but the sequel will take an even deeper dive into the dynamic between Kate and Meghan. “We got to do some stuff with Kate, which I really liked,” Tiffany explained to Vanity Fair, adding that the theme around these scenes is that “women can support women and uplift each other.”
The Jane the Virgin actress continued: “Tabloids and magazines can say whatever they are going to say, but I think seeing those women and how we may have misinterpreted what maybe went on, it’s going to be exciting for fans... What I loved about the script is that it’s really positive and uplifting and paints [the royals] in a really, really beautiful light.”
Will the Markle family play a role in the film?
Before the duke and duchess’s wedding, it was no secret there was some tension with Thomas Markle, Meghan’s father, and other members of her family. “Those were some of the hardest scenes to film – because I’m really close with my family, and I think you kind of got that impression [that] Meghan was lose with her family, especially her dad,” Tiffany explained. “They did have a close relationship, so how hard would that be for you, not having family members there on this massive day where you want to be surrounded by people who love you and support you?”
She continued: “For some of those scenes, we really had to figure out how we wanted to handle [the drama], because we don’t know how she handled it. All I can do is look at who she is as a woman, how I felt in those moments, and, like I said, trust the director that we can bring some of that to life in the best way possible.”