'Harry & Meghan' gives 'A Royal Romance' requisite Lifetime movie

As Lifetime movies go, "Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance" isn't as deliciously awful as one might have hoped, but it's...

Posted: May 14, 2018 11:54 AM
Updated: May 14, 2018 11:54 AM

As Lifetime movies go, "Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance" isn't as deliciously awful as one might have hoped, but it's silly and bloated enough to be entertainingly bad. Give some credit to the movie's stars, Murray Fraser and Parisa Fitz-Henley, who bring great conviction to a story that seemingly comes to a logical conclusion three different times, but manages to keep plodding along beyond the customary 85 minutes sans commercials.

Lifetime has gotten a bit of a jump on a week's worth of Royal Wedding coverage, and the dramatic format -- unconvincing in places, given the intimate nature of the scenes -- allows the producers to humanize the prince and the actress, while largely casting an intrusive press as the villains in the story.

This by-now-obligatory dramatization of any Royal coupling opens with a flashback to Harry as a young boy, and an excursion to Africa after his mother's funeral, where he's dramatically confronted by a lion. Meghan is also shown as a young girl, already outspoken and independent, pushing back against being forced into a box because of her biracial heritage.

Closer to the present, the two are fixed up on a blind date, with her asking, "Is he nice?," and Harry playing into his bad-boy image by asking, "Is she hot?"

It doesn't take long before the two are jetting off to Botswana, bonding as they feed giraffes together and falling in love, in that order. Yet what should have been the "Happily ever after" part of the fairy tale -- cue the music, roll credits -- gives way to questions about Harry marrying a divorced American commoner, with sister-in-law Kate (Laura Mitchell) wryly observing that Meghan's resume "makes Wallis Simpson look like Dame Judi Dench."

Most of the family, it's worth noting, is depicted as being supportive of the relationship because the two are obviously gaga about each other, although brother Prince William (Burgess Abernethy) can't resist "having a bit of a giggle" seeing Harry so smitten.

Still, this is a drama, after all, so "Harry & Meghan" finds conflict in casually nasty and racist remarks from those in the Royal orbit (one questions the time remaining on Meghan's biological clock) and the relentless hounding by the paparazzi. When Harry makes a public statement pleading with the press to leave Meghan alone, she vents at him, insisting, "I am not some damsel in distress."

That's followed by the inevitable reunion, but again, this gauzy valentine doesn't end there, saving what might be its one truly riotous bit for last, as Harry takes Meghan to meet his "granny," a.k.a. Queen Elizabeth II. Her first question involves being reassured that the actress isn't in any way involved with the unauthorized Netflix series about her life, "The Crown."

Lifetime, naturally, will repeat "Harry & Meghan" later in the week, paired with a rebroadcast of "William & Kate," its 2011 movie about how that relationship began, which underscores the formulaic nature of the exercise. In this case, just add a few additional degrees of difficulty. And giraffes.

"Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance" premieres May 13 at 8 p.m. on Lifetime.

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 26980

Reported Deaths: 1159
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hennepin9099657
Ramsey3351149
Stearns205614
Nobles15775
Anoka152779
Dakota144664
Washington70035
Olmsted68911
Rice5243
Kandiyohi5141
Scott4712
Clay44930
Mower4462
Wright3492
Todd3441
Sherburne2492
Carver2402
Benton1853
Steele1700
Freeborn1590
Blue Earth1490
Martin1355
St. Louis11914
Lyon1012
Unassigned9611
Pine930
Nicollet8811
Cottonwood820
Winona8115
Crow Wing815
Watonwan790
Carlton750
Goodhue736
Otter Tail731
Chisago691
Polk632
Itasca5610
Dodge540
Chippewa521
Morrison480
Le Sueur471
Douglas460
Meeker460
Becker440
Jackson420
Murray410
McLeod410
Isanti360
Pennington300
Waseca290
Mille Lacs241
Rock230
Faribault220
Wabasha200
Swift191
Beltrami180
Sibley170
Brown172
Fillmore171
Norman150
Pipestone130
Kanabec121
Aitkin120
Marshall120
Cass112
Big Stone110
Wilkin113
Wadena100
Pope100
Koochiching90
Redwood70
Yellow Medicine70
Renville70
Mahnomen61
Lincoln60
Red Lake40
Traverse40
Grant40
Clearwater30
Houston30
Hubbard30
Lac qui Parle30
Roseau30
Stevens10
Lake10
Kittson10

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 21114

Reported Deaths: 593
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Polk4614140
Woodbury286137
Black Hawk178849
Buena Vista10672
Linn97879
Dallas95226
Marshall91418
Wapello63615
Johnson6198
Muscatine56741
Crawford5512
Tama41129
Scott38510
Dubuque35921
Louisa35011
Pottawattamie31910
Sioux3060
Jasper26917
Wright2210
Washington1968
Warren1671
Plymouth1522
Story1311
Allamakee1204
Mahaska9913
Poweshiek928
Hamilton760
Webster741
Henry732
Boone720
Bremer716
Clarke690
Des Moines681
Taylor660
Clinton651
Guthrie553
Cedar501
Benton431
Cherokee410
Monroe415
Jones370
Shelby370
Osceola360
Jefferson360
Marion350
Dickinson350
Buchanan341
Iowa340
Clayton343
Cerro Gordo331
Madison292
Lee290
Sac280
Davis280
Emmet270
Fayette270
Clay270
Monona260
Harrison260
Hardin240
Lyon240
Winneshiek240
Lucas222
Mills200
Grundy200
Franklin200
Humboldt201
Pocahontas200
Delaware191
Floyd191
Hancock180
Appanoose173
Butler161
Kossuth160
Carroll151
Ida150
Greene150
Keokuk140
Jackson140
Page140
Audubon131
Cass130
Chickasaw130
Howard120
Winnebago110
Calhoun100
Union100
Van Buren90
Adair90
Montgomery92
Adams70
Palo Alto70
Ringgold40
Fremont40
Mitchell40
Worth30
Unassigned20
Wayne10
Decatur10
Rochester
Scattered Clouds
73° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 73°
Mason City
Broken Clouds
78° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 79°
Albert Lea
Scattered Clouds
79° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 79°
Austin
Clear
79° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 79°
Charles City
Scattered Clouds
77° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 78°
Weekend looks nice
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

Chris' PM Weather Forecast 6/5

Image

Gyms, fitness centers set to reopen

Image

Easing restrictions for MN restaurants and gyms

Image

Charles City vigil for George Floyd

Image

Hawkeye Harvest Foodbank partnership

Image

Next phase of Minnesota reopening

Image

Rental Assistance program for Rochester

Image

IA Care Homes Could Reopen to Visitors

Image

'Color Me Mine' Location Closes for Good

Image

Getting Your Fair Food Fix During the Pandemic

Community Events