Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are getting married, and while Americans typically aren't as crazy about events involving the royal family as those in the U.K. might be, we still like to keep tabs on the big stuff. For that reason, the details of the two's courtship have been popping up in tabloids more often, and of course, Lifetime is looking to get in on the action. The network announced a made for TV film titled Harry & Meghan: The Royal Love Story which will cover some of the details surrounding their relationship prior to the wedding.
Specifically, Harry & Meghan: The Royal Love Story will begin at the moment Prince Harry and Meghan Markle met, and continue all the way through their dealing with the media and the intense attention surrounding their lives together. The film is not the first of its kind for Lifetime, as the network developed and released William & Kate: The Movie 11 days before the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. According to Deadline, Harry & Meghan: The Royal Love Story does not currently have a release date, although with the royal wedding set for Saturday, May 19, it's likely Lifetime will shoot to release the film in early May. While that date is speculative, it mimics how the network released William & Kate: The Movie, so there is a precedent. British director Menhaj Huda, whose past work includes an episode of The Royals and Coronation Street, is set to direct the film.
Casting for Harry & Meghan: The Royal Love Story is currently going on, and while Lifetime would surely be thrilled if Meghan Markle auditioned, the actress will likely not be playing herself despite her credentials. While the film may not feature the soon to be former Suits actress, it's entirely possible it could feature one of her past competitors for roles throughout her career, as Lifetime will likely look to snag a recognizable actress for the role. The network managed to cast actress Camilla Luddington to portray Kate Middleton in William & Kate: The Movie, so it wouldn't be surprising if Lifetime is able to find another notable actress with a caliber work at or about the same as Markle.
As mentioned, Lifetime has not set a date for Harry & Meghan: The Royal Love Story, but it's speculated the film will air in early May if not before. For a look at shows returning or premiering in 2018 that do have solid premiere dates, head on over to our midseason premiere guide. Those hungry for more news on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will find plenty to read, as CinemaBlend covered Markle's tea with the queen, as well as the drama between the Royal Family and Markle's kin.