Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s love story has all of the makings of the perfect movie romcom (a handsome prince and princess-to-be, a mythical “engagement chicken” that actually worked, and an Internet population that is completely fascinated by their courtship), so naturally Lifetime has decided to bring the royal couple’s IRL romance to the silver screen. Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance is coming to a TV near you this spring (right around the same time as Harry and Meghan's actual wedding), and on Monday Lifetime announced that it had officially found its leading lovers: Parisa Fitz-Henley and Murray Fraser.
Meghan Markle will be played by actress Parisa Fitz-Henley, who you may recognize from her role as Reva Connors on Jessica Jones and Luke Cage. The 41-year-old actress also stars in NBC’s Midnight, Texas and bears an undeniable resemblance to the future duchess. Meanwhile, like Harry, Murray Fraser hails from Great Britain—so he won’t have to fake the prince’s dreamy British accent—and his resumé includes a role on Scottish TV series The Loch and a small part on an episode of Victoria. One look at his Harry-esque reddish-brown hair, baby-blue eyes, and scruffy facial hair makes it abundantly clear why he was chosen for the role.
According to the network, the flick will “examine the history of Prince Harry (Fraser) and 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,” Vanity Fair reports.
It’s also worth pointing out that before she was a princess-to-be, Markle herself starred in two made-for-TV romances: 2014’s When Sparks Fly and 2016’s The Dater’s Handbook, both of which were released on the Hallmark Channel. So, basically, she’s now the real-life version of the characters she used to play on TV. Good work, Meghan.
Stay tuned for May 2018, when there will be two royal weddings to watch: one on the news and one on Lifetime.