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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Lifetime film baffles royal fans – scenes taken as ‘fact’

Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace trailer released by Lifetime

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US cable network Lifetime aired yesterday the film Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace – a heavily fictionalised portrayal of the events which took place in the lives of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in the run-up to their exit from the Firm as senior royals. While some Twitter users appreciated the work done by the US network, others were concerned some people appeared to be taking the events portrayed in the film as fact. 

One royal fan wrote on Twitter: “Oh my god the stans and weirdos taking this #EscapingThePalace movie seriously as any kind of accuracy… this is a Lifetime movie babes. The embarrassment.”

Another, replying to this message, said: “It was to be expected that they take it as gospel truth.”

And another added: “Rather like some people believe The Crown to be an accurate portrayal of events in the Royal Family – Duh”.

In a separate tweet, another royal fan said: “What is really scary is that there are people who are going to take Meghan & Harry Escaping the Palace as fact”.

The Lifetime film appears to have been appreciated by many on Twitter for either the casting, the story or the events portrayed.

One wrote: “Excellent job on the casting for the movie.

“The resemblance of the Royal Family is on point #EscapingThePalace”.

A second said: “For real, these Harry and Meghan actors understood the assignment. #EscapingThePalace”.

A third, commenting on a scene showing the fictional Queen saying the Firm should be a family rather than simply a business, said: “I agree with the Queen that the monarchy should be more than a business.”

And another, commenting on the parallels shown during the film between Meghan and Harry’s story and the one of Princess Diana, said: “I think @lifetimetv did a good job weaving in Diana and her ghost into #EscapingThePalace because it helps you to understand Harry’s mindset.”

Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace features scenes inspired by the claims and revelations made by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex during their interview with Oprah Winfrey.

It also shows Meghan, played by American actress Sydney Morton, hugely struggling with her mental health, something the Duchess of Sussex spoke about during her two-hour-long interview with Ms Winfrey in March.

The film also features a shocking scene showing Meghan being involved in a car crash clearly highlighting the one that claimed the life of the Princess of Wales 24 years ago.

A terrified Prince Harry, played by British actor Jordan Dean, rushes through a group of photographers relentlessly taking pictures of the wreckage and pulls the door open to see his wife pleading for help.

However, in the next scenes, it is revealed the harrowing car crash was just a nightmare the fictional Duke awakens from, relieved to find next to him Meghan and their son Archie.

Another scene from the film portrays a fictional dialogue between Prince Harry and Prince William, played by Jordan Whalen.

During this argument, aiming to portray tensions between the brothers, Prince Harry urges his brother to address racism.

Escaping the Palace is the third instalment of a series of Lifetime films focused on Meghan and Harry’s life and romance.

The first film, titled Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance, focused on the blossoming romance between the couple.

The second, Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal, portrayed a fictionalised version of the Royal Wedding and the saw Duchess adapting to her new role.

Meghan and Prince Harry had no involvement with the creation of this series of films.

The Duke and Duchess have their own production company, Archewell Productions, which is set to create content only for Netflix.

Harry and Meghan announced their deal with the streaming giant in September last year, saying that as producers they would create content “that informs but also gives hope”.

They added in a statement: “As new parents, making inspirational family programming is also important to us”.

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