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The latest real-life love story to take the world by storm is the one between none other than Prince Harry of the U.K. and American actress Meghan Markle. The two were rumored to be an item for a long time before they confirmed the romance, and they officially announced their engagement back in November 2017. Unsurprisingly, the announcement was quickly followed by news of a Lifetime movie centered on the two lovebirds, called Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance. We now know who will tackle the roles of Harry and Markle: Murray Fraser and Parisa Fitz-Henley, respectively.
If you haven't heard of Murray Fraser, don't feel too bad. He's not the biggest name in showbiz on the American side of the pond. His most prominent role to date was as PC Jason Denny in the British TV mini-series The Loch, which aired in the summer of 2017. Following his stint on The Loch, he appeared in an episode of Victoria's latest season. Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance should give him a lot more exposure than he was getting just in the U.K., and it should be interesting to see if he starts landing more U.S. roles.
Murray Fraser doesn't look distractingly different from the real Prince Harry, although he does lack the very red hair. We'll have to wait and see if Fraser dyes it for Harry & Meghan. Normally hair color might not be the biggest deal, but Prince Harry is one of the most public redheads in the world. Would it really be right if he doesn't have red hair in the Lifetime movie?
Parisa Fitz-Henley is slated to tackle the role of Meghan Markle. Unlike Murray Fraser, Fitz-Henley may be a familiar face to folks in the U.S. She appeared as Reva Connors in two of the Marvel Netflix series: Jessica Jones in 2015 and Luke Cage in 2016. Given that her character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is currently dead, she probably won't have a major role in any future seasons of either show. Fitz-Henley also appeared in all ten episodes of NBC's Midnight, Texas in 2017. That show has yet to be cancelled or renewed, so only time will tell if she reprises her role. Harry & Meghan may be the next time we see Parisa Fitz-Henley on the small screen.
Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance will chronicle the love story between the prince and his bride-to-be, beginning with their courtship when they were set up by friends, later when they had no choice but to keep their romance quiet, and the ultimate media frenzy when the engagement was officially announced. Given that Meghan Markle is a divorced American actress, she's not the bride that might be expected of a British prince, which has added a certain element of intrigue to their story. I foresee solid ratings for this Lifetime movie.
Lifetime has not yet announced a premiere date for Harry & Meghan, but the castings indicate that progress is being made. Depending on the shooting schedule, the movie's debut may take place some time around the royal wedding, which is scheduled for May 19, 2018. A Lifetime movie about Prince William and Catherine Middleton released less than two weeks before their wedding in 2011, so it stands to reason that Harry & Meghan will premiere in a similar window ahead of their nuptials.
For all your viewing options while we wait for Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance, take a look at our midseason TV premiere guide. The real Meghan Markle will be back on the airwaves in the not-too-distant future for her final appearances on Suits, so be sure to tune in to the USA drama when it returns.