If you love the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as much as we do, here’s a bit of news to perk up your week — Lifetime just released the first two images of Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal, the sequel to the network’s wildly successful 2018 movie Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance. But any astute fan of the royal family (and, we’ll own it, Lifetime) is sure to notice that the actors’ faces portraying Prince Harry and Meghan Markle look different in the new sequel. As the film stills show, Charlie Field and Tiffany Marie Smith step into the royal roles for this latest fiction fare.
In one photo, Field and Smith lean in for some very Harry and Meghan-like PDA. In another still from the film, Smith’s Meghan stands patiently as the iconic Queen Mary Diamond bandeau tiara is placed on her head shortly before she walks down the aisle on Harry and Meghan’s wedding day. According to a press release, Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal focuses on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as they adjust to life as husband and wife, “pulling back the curtain to reveal the untold joys and challenges of life inside the royal family during their pivotal first year of marriage.”
First Glimpse of the New Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in Lifetime's Royal TV Movie
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Just as the real-life Harry and Meghan made headlines over the last year for breaking tradition, Lifetime’s editorialized version of the couple will work through such transitional issues. “Beyond blending their families and cultures, Harry and Meghan’s core values are put to the test as they try to find the balance between honoring royal tradition and staying true to their beliefs,” reveals the press release, per People.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Smith and screenwriter Scarlett Lacey offer further insight into what the Lifetime sequel will and will not cover. Under the will-be-covered column is the royal wedding, the relationship between Meghan and Kate Middleton (“women can support women”), the royal couple’s new puppy, Queen Elizabeth and family drama galore. The TV movie will not include Harry and Meghan’s wedding reception or Meghan’s baby shower.
Lacey looked to online outlets for reports as well as to real life sources when developing the sequel’s source material. “Some of the people I talk to are close to the royals. Others are Hollywood friends of Meghan, and others are journalists and experts in the royal field. But at the end of the day, the truth is subjective, and I’m using my imagination,” Lacey explained to Vanity Fair, adding, “In this movie, we did something similar [to the first film]: we combined events we knew to be true with all the universal things any new couple experiences.”
Are you sufficiently psyched yet? Us, too. And happily, we won’t have to wait too long. Filming is reportedly already underway in Vancouver, and the movie is set to premiere on Memorial Day: Monday, May 27 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.