Here’s the New Movie the Palace Doesn’t Want You to See
"Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance" may show too much skin for the Queen.
The royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is only weeks away, but now Kensington Palace has a lot more to worry about than what kind of cake they’re serving at the wedding and whether or not any guests will embarrass themselves.
On May 13, less than a week before the nuptials, Lifetime will be premiering their much-anticipated movie on their love story, Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance.
Given that it’s trying to capture a real relationship, the movie will undoubtedly include clips of them in bed together. And while it probably won’t be anything too raunchy (this is Lifetime, after all, not HBO), reports say that Queen Elizabeth’s press office is a concerned over some scenes after watching the film’s trailers.
“What I’ve heard is that they’re seriously worried about the sex scene,” director Menhaj Huda told Vanity Fair, based on what he heard from his wife’s best friend, who is dating the press secretary of the palace (umm, can we have a movie just on that?).
The scene in question, which you can see below, simply shows them kissing in bed, so it can hardly been called gratuitous, but it’s still not on brand with Buckingham Palace.
The film’s producers are standing by their choice, however, and don’t seem particularly concerned about any backlash from the palace.
“Let them worry,” joked producer Merideth Finn, during a panel discussion. “People have sex.”
The film was written in just two weeks by Scarlett Lacey, who hobnobbed with the royals herself throughout her childhood in Britain.
Their love story is so dramatic and romantic that the film essentially wrote itself, and it will go through highlights such as their trip to Botswana, the proposal, Meghan’s first meeting with Kate Middleton, and Harry’s losing battle with his relatives to let Meghan keep her lifestyle blog.
To keep things as authentic as possible, the filmmakers tried to draw from real interviews instead of just making things up.
“We tried to be really truthful. We used our imaginations in places, but there was so much available, from Meghan’s own words,” Lacey said. “There were so many things we knew to be true, if not in words, then in spirit.”
“I definitely wanted to be involved because I felt it presented Meghan as a full person, and this couple as a full couple,” Parisa Fitz-Henley, the Jamaican-American actress who plays Meghan, said.
And—spoiler alert—real couples have sex.
For more of the inside scoop on the royal wedding from our expert, check out 20 Things We Know About Harry and Meghan’s Wedding.
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