Lifetime announced plans to make a budget movie about Prince Harry & Meghan

Prince Harry Meghan Markle visit Reprezent Radio studio

I love to look at jewelry, I love to talk about jewelry, I love to write about jewelry, but in my real life, I don’t wear a lot of jewelry. I haven’t worn earrings in years, I have zero brooches, I only have a few bracelets and… I do love rings. I have a lot of rings, some high-quality, some of the very inexpensive and simple. What I like about Meghan Markle is that, for the most part, she seems to prefer smaller jewelry for her daily wear – she keeps it simple with small earrings, her engagement ring (which is nice size for her slender fingers) and lately, a very simple pave-diamond “stacker” ring on her left hand. Well, People Magazine has the ID on her pave diamond ring – it’s from Zofia Day, it’s yellow gold and it retails for $715. The designer, Lisette Polny, is “honored” that Meghan has been wearing a few of her pieces in the past year, and it’s cool that Meghan is supporting a small, female-owned business. You can see a close-up of the ring here – it looks uncomfortable to me? That straight-bar design would drive me crazy.

Meanwhile, much like Prince William and then-Kate Middleton, Harry and Meghan are going to have to sit through a terrible Lifetime movie about their romance.

Lifetime, home of TV movies including The Murder of Princess Diana and the upcoming Catherine Zeta-Jones vehicle Cocaine Godmother: The Griselda Blanco Story, is turning its lens on the upcoming royal wedding.

The female-skewing cable network announced over the weekend that it is readying Harry & Meghan: The Royal Love Story, a TV movie about the romance between Prince Harry and Suits star Meghan Markle. The movie will be exec produced by Meredith Finn and Michele Weiss (Lifetime’s Flowers in the Attic and Petals on the Wind) and directed by Menhaj Huda (The Royals, Coronation Street). Lifetime has yet to cast either of the royal couple.

Here’s Lifetime’s description of Harry & Meghan: The Royal Love Story (working title): “Harry & Meghan chronicles the courtship and love story between a beloved prince and his new fiancée. The film will examine the history of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle 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, and ultimately the intense global media attention surrounding their relationship and Meghan’s life as a divorced American actress.”

[From THR]

I remember that Will & Kate’s Lifetime movie came out before the wedding, so Lifetime was able to do a pretty quick turnaround on their budget production. But surely there’s not enough time to write a script, scout locations, cast the film, shoot it, edit it, mix the sound and add a soundtrack all before Harry and Meg’s May wedding? What am I saying? Lifetime should be able to bang this out in a week. I could easily write the script for this in one afternoon, Lifetime. Call me!

Oh, but who will Lifetime cast as Meg and Harry? I say… Rupert Grint and… Stacey Dash. So messy.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry during a visit to youth-orientated radio station, Reprezent FM, in Brixton, south London to learn about its work supporting young people

Photos courtesy of PCN and WENN.

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  1. Seraphina says:

    To be expected. Moving on, is like to see the Queen in more interviews. Yesterday clip with her and the crown really made me smile.

  2. Alright says:

    And it’s going to be gloriously horrible 😂😂😂😂

    • Eleonor says:

      Yessss !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • LetItGo says:

      Lol I know.

      I still can’t believe Latinas didn’t go off at Catherine Zeta Jones being cast in that part. Like they couldn’t find one Latina actress? Come on now.

      In contrast, you know black folk would go off if they got someone like say, oh, Emma Roberts to play Meghan Markle. Lmao

      Stacey Dash. That’s hilarious. Isn’t she 60yrs old?.. And a wingnut.

      • VirgiliaCoriolanus says:

        For YEARS I actually thought Catherine Zeta Jones was Spanish or Latina because the first thing I’d ever saw her in was those Zorro films.

      • K says:

        I’m Latina and while I don’t like it, we’re kind of used to Anglos/non-Hispanics/non-Latinos playing us. It helps that it’s a low-budget movie so at least it won’t be a big thing. But of course it bothers us, haha.

    • Lorelai says:

      Yet I will be watching! 🙂

    • minx says:

      Lifetime movies are deliciously cheesy.

    • Fleur says:

      And I am HERE FOR IT. Sign me up!

  3. Lila says:

    Leave it up to Lifetime. Their whole relationship was kept private, how do they have content to make a movie?

    • SoulSPA says:


    • Imqrious2 says:

      They don’t. It will be concocted phone calls:

      H: My darling, I must see you soon, or I shall go mad!
      M: Oh, Harry, my love! My only *true* love! We must wait! And choose
      our time carefully! The palace and courtiers will go mad, Mad!!
      H: I don’t care! I am a prince of the realm!
      M: (cradling phone next to her cheek, caressing it) Yes, you are…. you
      Are MY prince. I love you so, my ginger prince!
      H: And I you, dearest Meg!

      Oh barf! Lolol. (And for the record, I DO like them!! Just don’t see how a LIFETIME movie, or any one for that matter, can hold any dignity or truth).

    • Nicole says:

      Agreed. Will and kate had years and years of being in the spotlight and talked about their relationship. These two were pretty short and under wraps the entire time.
      But it will be hilariously bad and I will enjoy roasting it

    • notasugarhere says:

      I’d expect lots of scenes of hill walking around random countryside with blurry white country house in the background, plus at least one visit of the Harry character to a tv set. And just to please Sixer, there will be the proposal scene complete with roasted chicken.

      • notasugarhere says:

        I forgot. Also filming at a zoo or nature park in the US and trying to convince the tv audience it is Botswana.

      • Lorelai says:

        @NOTA: LMFAO at “filming at a zoo or nature park in the US and trying to convince the tv audience it is Botswana.”

        Too true!

    • Princessk says:

      As usual it will be terrible, as no decent actors will want to touch it. I was always hopeful that one day a decent actress would take on the role of Princess Diana, I had always hoped that the late Natasha Richardson would play the role, she would have been great.

    • Princessk says:

      There is plenty of content. I could write the script myself. Meghan during the interview provided plenty of fodder.

      The proposal over the roast chicken will be the star scene, added to meetings at Soho House, sleeping under the stars in Botswana, dashing on and off the set of Suits, going public at Invictus, the corgis sleeping at Meghan’s feet, private picnics in Windsor park, going out to the theatre in London. So much material! The problem is that the budget will be cheap and so will the acting and it will be terrible.

      Hopefully if the Crown goes on and on they will pick it up much later and get proper actors.

  4. Shannon says:

    OMG I hate myself for saying this, but Stacy Dash really does look quite a bit like Meghan. But no, NOOOOO LOL

    • Merritt says:

      They look nothing alike. Also, Stacey is over a decade older than Meghan.

      • Shannon says:

        Sorry, but I can see the resemblance. And like Hollywood cares about getting age right. Look, I can’t stand Stacy Dash, but when it was put out there, I was like, OMG I can actually see the similarity. I think she’s blackballed from Hollywood now so calm down.

      • Merritt says:

        But Hollywood would cast someone in her twenties not fifties like Dash.

      • LetItGo says:

        I’m thinking of the Stacey in clueless, (way before she became abhorrent and a rightwing nutjob) and I hate to admit it, but I think they did resemble once upon a time. I think it’s that ski slope nose. Meghan’s is courtesy a nose job/tweaking. Stacey’s had hers forever, so it could be natural.

      • notasugarhere says:

        From what I can tell, Meghan Markle has the same nose as her father.

      • Olenna says:

        Here’s a side-by-side of Dash and Markle. I’m not seeing the resemblance, and I hope no one casting the movie does either. Slide #3,

        And, not that it matters if MM tweaked her nose, it does look the same to me here:

      • LetItGo says:


        Actually you’re kind of right – but since her Mom and her Dad have very similar nose shapes, short and pug with a flattened wider bridge, it’s hard to say where Meghan’s original nose came from.

        One thing’s for sure, those two noses probably wouldn’t get you Meghan’s current day nose.

        ..and @olenna here’s a better representation of Meghan’s old nose:!!-:strip_icc-!!-/2017/12/01/088/n/1922398/4bc6e79d5a21fceb6e1536.75529406_edit_img_image_44321407_1512176537/i/Meghan-Markle-90s-Sexist-Commercial-Nickelodeon-Video.jpg

        My guess is like a lot of people she had her nose done at 15 or so. That’s the earliest docs suggest, it’s presumed it’s stopped growing significantly.

      • notasugarhere says:

        I see the Daddy Markle nose minus baby fat, not seeing a nose job.

        I have my father’s nose, not a combo of my mother’s and father’s, so why would she? Mine grew scaled to my face, not my father’s, which is what I suspect hers did as well.

      • LetItGo says:


        You misunderstand, I said her Mom and Dad have similar noses (pug noses not a pronounced bridge), so you really can’t know if she got her nose from one, the other, or both.

        I don’t know why you’re so sensitive. Many actresses/actors have gotten a tweak to refine just the tip of their nose and build a bridge where a nose may have been a pugilist originally (flat bridge etc). No shame in it. People have to do what’s right for them. Given her profession, it’s almost standard procedure.

        Also, i don’t know what kind of genetic theory you’re talking about – people can get a combination of their mother and father’s dna and have that represented in their facial features. My Dad had a narrow bridge but a short nose, my Mom had a longer nose – I have a long nose and a narrow bridge. See how that works? Happens a lot.

        My point was her mom and dad’s noses are similar to each others so it’s hard to stay if she takes after her mom or dad – i suspect both, like many people.

      • minx says:

        You don’t lose weight in your nose. Of course she had rhinoplasty, she’s an actress, and she had a very good job. It follows her original nose.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Noses can change in size through your life, including gaining and losing fat. Odd example is Princess Marie of Denmark; her nose gets slightly larger in the later stages of pregnancy.

      • Nick says:

        @notasugarhere lol oh honey, just stop. That’s not her original nose. It looks great though.

      • HH says:

        I do think she’s had her nose done. The Beauty Editor link from @minx really shows the differences.

      • notasugarhere says:

        I don’t see a nose job on her and see natural age changes, but aren’t put out if you think you do. None of us will ever know.

        Honestly, go look at Marie during her pregnancies. Weird place to gain weight, but both times she was expecting her nose got larger then went back to the previous size after the kids arrived. Probably just down to overall swelling in the last month or so.

  5. Renee2 says:

    Maybe she could play herself, lol. Or perhaps Jennifer Connelly could.

  6. Sixer says:


    Mind you, I say that having never watched a Lifetime movie in my life. Are they as bad as I imagine?

    • Milla says:

      Yeeesss! But they are so bad that they are good. You cannot stop watching a movie. And i know I’m gonna watch this and laugh at myself.

      • SoulSPA says:

        Any recommendations, @Milla?

      • Sixer says:

        When I were a young ‘un, I used to do this with Mills & Boon romance novels. My friend and I used to collect the best (well, you know, worst/most cringe-making) quotes and have battles over who had the best ones!

      • La says:

        @SoulSPA a classic from my childhood was one with the guy from the Wonder Years as an abusive boyfriend to Candice Cameron Bure. I forget the name of it. She has been in these crapfests for years but I can’t stop watching them.

        I tend to prefer Hallmark movies. They are complete trash but schmaltzy and sweet. Lifetime movies quickly veer into “women in nightmare scenarios”

      • notasugarhere says:

        Sixer, did you ever do that with Barbara Cartland novels? The … Regency … ones … with … more … … … than … actual … words … in … the … dialogue?

    • Pedro45 says:

      They are terrible! Having said that, the gold standard for me is A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story. It’s even in two parts! It’s about a narcissistic rich lady in San Diego who killed her narcissistic ex-husband and his new wife (the woman he left her for). It’s fantastically bad.

      • anniefannie says:

        OMG Pedro! When the The Betty Brodrick movies is on, both mine and my sisters households come to a halt! ( it’s a commitment too because if you watch back to back its about 6 hrs ) but sooo worth it.
        Betty wins for managing to be the worst Mother AND wife….

      • Pedro45 says:

        @Annie, I know right? I’ve seen it a hundred times. Never gets old.

      • magnoliarose says:

        I have seen it. Twice.
        Once stuck in a hotel and the second time by choice.
        Gold standard stuff there. Meredith Baxter’s crazy eyes were perfect.

      • magnoliarose
        I left you a long-ish response on yesterday’s Queen Elizabeth jewelry thread. Not sure if you’d seen it 🙂

    • Lorelai says:

      @Sixer, this should answer your question: one of their most famous movies (if not *the* most) is entitled, “Mother, May I Sleep With Danger?” starring Tori Spelling. So!

      ETA: That movie actually spawned a comedic podcast about Lifetime movies, called “Mother May I Sleep With Podcast.” I’m not even kidding 😂

    • Milla says:

      Recommendation? Well anything that starts with Stalked by… Or just anything with imdb score above 5. They are so forgeable… There are some movies with serious topics, including rape, STD, AIDS, but I don’t know names.

    • magnoliarose says:

      Think Catherine Cookson.
      If you love Lifetime, you must do the Brits proud and introduce yourself to Catherine Cookson movies or mini-series.
      There is always a surprise baby and always some over the top villain. Usually with money or ill intentions.
      You will recognize all your faves like Catherine Zeta, Sean Bean, and others. They are on Netflix and BAD. Real bad.
      But worth the escape into terrible melodramatic television.

  7. Me says:

    Too bad its not Hallmark! 🙂 i love megan’s Hallmark movie she made

  8. Caity says:

    The will and Kate one was delicious trash. You bet i’m watching this one

  9. Liberty says:

    Nooooo. From what I’ve seen, this calls for nothing less than a Hallmark Channel movie!! They do all the sweet-kind-commoner-meets-a-prince-and changes-his-life movies. I was in Seattle about a year ago and a friend had a big silly fun “Hallmark pajama bridal shower party” with a day of their TV movies. Hallmark for the win!

    & You know Lifetime will just hire Lyndsey Lohan and David Hasselhoff, and film it in Chicago by Buckingham Fountain lol.

  10. Caly says:

    You are really messy for suggesting Stacy dash 😂

    Why Catherine Zeta-Jones playing Griselda blanco? They couldn’t find a Latina to play the role? Hollywood is so damn incorrigible.

    • Lorelai says:

      @Caly agreed and although it won’t happen I would die of happiness if they actually did have the cojones to cast Stacey Dash!

  11. Anna says:

    Quick question, has there ever been a lifetime movie for Will and Kate?

    • equalitygadfly says:

      If I’m not mistaken, there is both a Lifetime AND Hallmark Will and Kate movie.

      • Lorelai says:

        I think there was also a W&K one on a very sketchy American channel called REELZ. They really cashed in on W&K.

    • Deanne says:

      Yes, It’s called William and Kate. It was made in 2011. They played it on BBC Canada when Prince George was born and it was on US Netflix as well. There are all kids of clips and trailers on Youtube. Possibly even the whole movie.

    • Upstatediva says:

      Yes! I saw some clips last night. Quite hilariously horrible. Kate’s the only one not interested in Wills at school — until their eyes meet. Lifetime loves nothing more than a shoddy biopic.

    • MellyMel says:

      Yes! I watched it…it was so bad that it was good lol. Very cheesy but that’s Lifetime for you.

  12. AbbyRose says:

    Meghan should totally play herself! Lifetime movies are about her level of acting talent anyway.

    • seesittellsit says:

      LOL. Now, if Harry had thrown in the towel and given up his place in line, and said he was marrying Meghan and moving to L.A. – she could have married a Prince AND played herself in the movie of her life.

  13. Alexandria says:

    Meh movie idea sounds as trashy as Will and Kate’s but since I’m here, I’m gonna throw in Paula Patton and Domhnall Gleeson / Devon Murray with dyed hair.

  14. Lifetime plans to make a budget movie could have been shortened to Lifetime plans to make a movie.

  15. Tamy Tammy says:

    This is going to be an epic trash mess fest! And I’m here for it! I’ve got my popcorn ready. Bring it on!

    I think Carson Wentz should play Harry since he is basically Prince Harry but I think he has games so….maybe Oliver Jackson cohen from Emerald City and Dracula. Just gotta dye his hair and for Meghan, well definitely not Stacy Dash but maybe Brooklyn Sudano or Candice Patton or even Natalie Emmanuel.

  16. Petty Riperton says:

    Lifetime needs to call Paula Patton she would be perfect as Meghan

    • Mimi says:

      Paula and Meghan have very different body types and Paula looks way older. Unfortunately I can totally see that not deterring a casting director.

      • Royal Suitor says:

        +1 for Paula Patton just to see things come full circle. Meghan did Paula and Robin Thicke’s wedding invitations as one of her early calligraphy jobs. Now Paula plays Meghan in a movie. That’s a storyline in itself!

  17. seesittellsit says:

    What took them so long? Well, they made cheesy TV movies out of Charles and Diana, then there was the one about Mary and Frederik of Denmark (“The Prince and Me”), so it was a foregone conclusion that Harry and Meghan would get one. It goes with the territory.

    • LAK says:

      I remember a glossy one about Fergie and Diana called The Women of Windsor from back in the day.

      • notasugarhere says:

        I don’t remember that one, but I do remember the early Diana one with Catherine Oxenburg.

      • LAK says:

        Nota: i definitely remember the Catherine Oxenberg one. 😊

      • notasugarhere says:

        I also remember the pearl clutching over the fact that she and Charles are related, and how dare she betray the family by acting in such a movie, etc.

      • Elaine says:

        Ooh, I remember that one! Fergie marrying Andrew was a boon for every mediocre, red-headed actress in England 😉

        So cheesy, its was 80s-tastic! File that one under #SoBadItsGood and #TheCheeseIsReal.

      • Princessk says:

        Catherine Oxenburg was dreadful! I was always hoping for a decent actress to play Diana, the late Natasha Richardson would have been my choice.

  18. Starryfish says:

    This will be a mess and I love it. I cannot wait to live tweet this.😂

  19. Ally says:

    As if anything could be better than The Windsors. Omg, bless Netflix for adding it to their lineup.

    • MellyMel says:

      I have that on my watchlist…it looks really funny.

      • LAK says:

        It’s really funny, but i hate the way it depicts the Yorkies because people don’t separate fiction from reality. It happened with Spitting Image too where people took their political representations from the show and repeat talking points absorbed from that show decades after it went off the air.

      • OriginalLala says:

        The Windsors is HILARIOUS! it’s so silly and hyperbolic, I can’t wait for the next season

    • betsyh says:

      So funny. They should just use the cast from The Windsors in the Lifetime movie.

      • Ravine says:

        As long as they don’t use the same actor to play Harry again. He played Harry in the BBC adaptation of “King Charles III”. He totally works as a cartoonish, man-child Harry in a sitcom, but in the drama, the fact that he looked a fair bit older than Will was really distracting.

  20. ms says:

    Ron Weasley would be too distracting.

    I would secretly love Lacey Chabert (Gretchen Weiners) for the role of Meghan!

  21. Avery says:

    Bianca Lawson (Darla) on Queen Sugar would make a great Megan!

  22. Harryg says:

    No please no

  23. Sarah Anne says:

    Tia or Tamara?