Lifetime found so much success with last year's made-for-tv movie, "Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance" they decided to see if lightning strikes twice. The sequel's title swapped out "A Royal Romance" for "Becoming Royal" (clever!) and one assumes the story picks up after the couple's engagement.
The first full-length trailer for "Becoming Royal" came out today, and there's just as much aristocratic bitchery (a Hollywood cliché that must irk the Brits) as the first. If it's not some waify blond telling Meghan she'll never been considered royal, it's some uptight man in a sweater vest and blazer telling the American he's been sent to "keep her in line."
The overarching themes -- staying true to oneself, speaking up for oneself and sticking it to the establishment because GIRL POWER -- might be generic, but they're also kind of true. Meghan has gracefully weathered criticism because of her race, nationality and feminist views since she started dating Prince Harry, an important part of her story that I hope Lifetime will address.
Enough chatter. Let's watch!
One thing I'm a little disappointed in is the casting. I was pleased with the actors who played Harry and Meghan in "A Royal Romance," though I can't say the same for Prince William. And it appears the mark was missed in the sequel. Why must they always phone it in when it comes to casting the Duke of Cambridge?
The costume department did a pretty good job replicating Queen Mary's Diamond Bandeau, which Meghan wore on her wedding day (on loan from the Queen).
Things kick off May 19 (the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's first wedding anniversary) with an encore of "Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance," followed by a new special, "Meghan’s New Life: The Real Princess Diaries."
"Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal" premieres on May 27, followed by yet another new special, "Meghan & Harry: Baby Fever."
Consider your Memorial Day plans made.