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There’s not one, not two, but three Lifetime biopics about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. All take place at different stages of the royal couple’s relationship and in each, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are played by different actors.
markle was recently asked what she thought of an actor who once portrayed her in a movie. Hilariously, her response seemed to indicate that neither she nor the Variety the author of the article had no idea Lifetime movies existed.
So, if you’re curiously morbid, here’s our ranking of every Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Lifetime Channel Original Movie, based on their IMDb scores.
3. Harry & Meghan: Escape from the Palace (2021) — 2.9/10
The third film in Lifetime’s trilogy, which had arguably the most conflict in its premise ripe for dramatization, is ironically the lowest-rated film in the entire franchise. Harry & Meghan: Escape from the Palace boasts of the dishonor of holding a 2.9 out of 10 on IMDb. As you would have probably guessed, the film’s plot follows “the couple’s decision to retire from the duties of the British monarchy following the birth of their son Archie”, as the synopsis puts it.
Starring Sydney Morton as Meghan Markle and Jordan Dean as Prince Harry, the film was released on September 26, 2021, more than a year after the actual event of the Duke and Duchess stepping down from royal duties. in January 2020.
Why is the film so poorly rated? Maybe the User reviews can shed some light on this. Some of the user review titles for the film include “It was nauseating”; “All lies only. I literally threw up; and “What a load of garbage.”
2. Harry and Meghan: becoming royals (2019) — 4.4/10
The midpoint entry in the franchise turns out to have the most lackluster reviews of the three films. 2019 Harry and Meghan: becoming royals has a 4.4 out of 10 on IMDb and stars Tiffany Smith as Meghan Markle and Charlie Field as Prince Harry. The film follows the newlyweds’ first year of marriage, according to its synopsis.
Based on User reviews, it seems many fans of the first film missed the original cast who played the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Murray Fraser and Parisa Fitz-Henley. Some of the user review titles included ‘What happened to Harry and Meghan from the 1st movie?’, ‘The chemistry is off’ and a positive review which still noted the film’s flaws: ‘Still fascinating but a few mistakes .”
1. Harry and Meghan: a royal romance (2018) — 5.5/10
When it comes to the Harry and Meghan cinematic universe, it turns out that the first film was as close to dirt as it gets in terms of critical success. We say “success” very loosely, though. With a 5.5 out of 10 on IMDb, 2018 Harry and Meghan: a royal romance is the only film in the franchise to score above halfway. If it was a homework assignment, it would still be a failing grade, but credit when credit is due nonetheless.
According to the film’s synopsis, the first film follows the initial “meet and courtship” of Prince Harry, played by Murray Fraser, and then TV star Meghan Markle, played by Parisa Fitz-Henley.
This royal romance origin story also happened to be the only episode of the series that actually garnered reviews on rotten tomatoes, although too few to actually generate a critical rating on the site. Still, all four reviews listed for the film were generally positive. For example, the New York Post said the film’s “inherent cornyness” and “historical significance” were offset by a fine performance from Fraser. And one Cosmopolitan The reviewer proclaimed that despite being “slightly ridiculous”, the film is still “not a terrible way to spend two hours of your life”.
If you want to check out the best installment of the franchise, Lifetime’s YouTube channel currently has the full movie. Harry and Meghan: a royal romance available to watch for free.
Will there be a fourth Harry and Meghan Lifetime movie?
Now that three Lifetime Channel original movies have been made chronicling Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s romance, it begs the question: will the franchise continue with a fourth installment? The last update we received on this topic was from a Town and country magazine interview with franchise executive producers Michele Weiss and Merideth Finn. According to the article, the pair said they would be open to making a fourth film but had no specific plans in place at the time.
“We don’t know if there’s more story,” Weiss said on Sept. 7, 2021. Weiss’ producing partner Finn explained his thoughts on a fourth installment at the time:
“We are not already planning this, we will tell. We feel complete with the trilogy. We wanted to do a third. We knew there would be more story, so it was satisfying to do the third one. Do I think there will be more movie-worthy material from this couple? Absolutely. We don’t know what the public or network appetite will be. But we will be careful.
Since that interview, more drama in the royal family has indeed happened. Specifically, the death of Queen Elizabeth II last month saw Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend the funeral alongside their royal parents. Does this mean we can look forward to the Lifetime Channel premiere of Harry and Meghan: Tears of the Kingdom A fatality ? Only time will tell.