Lifetime has found its Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.
The cable network has cast Parisa Fitz-Henley (“Marvel’s Jessica Jones”, “Midnight, Texas”) and Murray Fraser (“Victoria”) as Markle and Harry for Lifetime’s upcoming TV movie, “Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance”, it was announced Monday.
Harry & Meghan will chronicle the courtship and love story between Prince Harry (Fraser) and his fiancee, Meghan Markle (Fitz-Henley), 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.
Production on the film begins later this week in Vancouver and Los Angeles, with Lifetime eyeing a spring premiere. Though no date is officially set, all signs are leading to the movie potentially airing before Prince Harry and Markle’s royal wedding on May 19 at St. George’s Chapel in England’s Windsor Castle.
Menhaj Huda (E!’s “The Royals”) is set to direct from a script by Scarlett Lacey and Terrence Coli, with Merideth Finn and Michele Weiss executive producing.
News of the Markle and Prince Harry film was first announced in January at the winter Television Critics Association press tour.
The couple publicly announced their engagement in November.
In 2011, Lifetime debuted a TV movie, “William & Kate: The Movie”, starring Nico Evers-Swindell and Camilla Luddington, about Prince William and Kate Middleton’s romance. It aired less than two weeks before their April 29 wedding at Westminster Abbey.