With less than a week to go before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle exchange vows, Lifetime wanted to give a little preview, a boning up some might say. The royals fans counting down the hours until May 19 were treated to Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance, a TV-movie that was about 50/50 when it came to fact vs. fan fiction — which is probably more than one could’ve hoped for.
Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance follows the fairy tale romance of, well, Harry and Meghan, from the moment they met after being set up by friends, through their initial courtship when they were able to keep their romance under wraps, including the intense worldwide media attention surrounding their relationship. We also got to see Meghan’s life as a divorced American actress, as well as Pippa Middleton‘s wedding, because, well why not?
It was over-the-top, juicy and not entirely right (but not entirely wrong either), not to mention the royal portrayals by Murray Fraser and Parisa Fitz-Henley were actually pretty good, but what’s best is how darn romantic it was. No, really, there were worse ways to spend two hours of your life, whether you’re a diehard royalist or simply hoping to watch as a couch critic. The thing is, there wasn’t too much to slam because it wasn’t that bad. Really. In fact, the movie found quite a few fans. A lot, actually.
— Lifetime (@lifetimetv) May 14, 2018
Meghan’s portrayer, Parisa, got lots of love.
what are the odds that lifetime would be able to find an actress who a) looks exactly like meghan markle and b) is fucking amazing #aroyalromance
— Claire Fallon (@ClaireEFallon) May 14, 2018
— Simone Scott (@Simone_Scott) May 14, 2018
Will, not so much (though it was more a critique on the movie’s casting department than the actor, Burgess Abernethy, himself).
— Jennifer (@Paper_Heart_Jen) May 14, 2018
— 🌻Sunset Boulevardez🌻 (@Kissesfromdes) May 14, 2018
— Mandy (@SF49ERS1946) May 14, 2018
People loved that the movie didn’t hold back on all the issues Meghan is facing.
— i’m a little. (@lexniko) May 14, 2018
Y’all they put the Princess Michael racist brooch in the movie! Lifetime is not holding back. #ARoyalRomance
— Harry & Meghan (@WalesAndMarkle) May 14, 2018
They really pulled no punches about the racism she faced. I’m glad they didn’t sugar coat this movie. Lifetime surprised me.
— Couch Bae (@Legallycam225) May 14, 2018
“Glass ceilings not glass slippers” is one of many lines that I hope the writers wrote and then heartily applauded themselves. #ARoyalRomance
— Elizabeth Holmes (@EHolmes) May 14, 2018
And even though we know how it ends, the suspense was still killing some.
— Kristen Meinzer (@kristenmeinzer) May 14, 2018
I’m screaming “no don’t end it, Meghan!” like I haven’t already ordered the lemon elderflower cupcakes for the *actual* wedding watch party on Saturday. #HarryandMeghan #ARoyalRomance #RoyalWedding pic.twitter.com/uQwbHW0EBJ
— Pixie Carlisle (@PixieCarlisle) May 14, 2018
Overall? A success!
— 𝕂𝕖𝕝𝕚𝕒𝕙 ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 💓 (@RealKDPFan4Eva) May 14, 2018
Excellent film. A plus. I believe in love.
— roxane gay (@rgay) May 14, 2018
— Chelsea (@chugh4) May 14, 2018
I’m watching the Harry & Meghan movie on Lifetime and aside from the script being kinda bad, I’m smiling so hard. Their love story is so sweet and it’s melting my black, Arctic heart. 😩
— Nneka M. Okona 🇳🇬 (@afrosypaella) May 14, 2018
Er, maybe too good.
— Ranya J (@dukebaby401) May 14, 2018
Don’t miss a moment of the festivities; tune in to CTV News’ live special Harry and Meghan: The Royal Wedding Saturday, May 19, starting at 4 a.m. ET on CTV and CTV.ca.
And get up to speed on everything royal wedding related with The Social’s Royal Wedding Show, airing this Friday at 1 p.m. ET.