Channel 5 has acquired FTA rights to Lifetime’s TV movie Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance after striking a deal with A+E Networks. This marks the second UK deal for the two-hour movie, after Lifetime UK previously secured the pay window.
“We are excited with the overwhelming enthusiasm among international buyers for our newest TV movie,” said Richard, Tulk-Hart, Managing Director, International Content Distribution + Co-productions for A+E Networks. “As we look to increase the volume of productions made available to our international clients, successes like this help guide our creative for the future to fill the needs of our broadcast partners.”
In addition to the pair of UK deals, A+E Networks has also lined up deals for Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance with a range of international broadcasters, including: TF1 in France, ATRES in Spain, SBS across Benelux, 7 Network on Australia, Sky in New Zealand, Corus Entertainment in English-speaking Canada, and Lifetime in Latin America and Asia.
Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance follows the fairytale romance of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle 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.
The movie, which was produced with an eye to day-and-date delivery to international broadcasters ahead of the Royal wedding on May 19th, stars Parisa Fitz-Henley (Jessica Jones) as Meghan Markle, Murray Fraser (The Loch) as Prince Harry, Burgess Abernethy (Australia Day) as Prince William, Laura Mitchell (iZombie) as Catherine Middleton, Steve Coulter (Yellowstone) as Prince Charles, Deborah Ramsay (Hailey Dean Mystery) as Camilla Parker Bowles, Bonnie Soper (Filthy Rich) as Princess Diana, Maggie Sullivun (Fargo) as Queen Elizabeth II, Preston Karwat as Prince George and Briella Wintraub as Princess Charlotte. It is executive produced by Merideth Finn and Michele Weiss. Menhaj Huda directs from a script by Scarlett Lacey and Terrence Coli.