Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Lifetime movie A Royal Romance PANNED

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Lifetime movie A Royal Romance is PANNED on social media

  • The love story biopic aired on Lifetime in the US on Sunday
  • Many viewers took to Twitter to voice their opinions on the film
  • As it was a Lifetime film, many took umbrage with the cheesiness of the film
  • In one bizarre scene, a lion on safari was used to symbolize Harry’s later mother Princess Diana
  • Viewers also took exception to the ‘cold’ portrayal of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s relationship
  •  A Royal Romance will air in the UK on Lifetime on Monday, 14 May at 9pm

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s eagerly anticipated love story biopic ‘A Royal Romance’ aired in the U.S. on Sunday.

And many viewers were quick to take to Twitter to share their opinions of the Lifetime movie, which was screened less than a week ahead of the Royal Wedding, and one day before it premieres in the UK on Monday.

Social media users seemed to take issue with the cheesy production, a CGI lion seemingly representing Princess Diana, and the portrayal of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s relationship. 

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Big reveal: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s love story biopic A Royal Romance aired on Lifetime Sunday

‘I’m actually embarrassed for them’: One Lifetime movie fan was not impressed by the film and took to Twitter to criticize it

One Twitter user wrote:  ‘I am all about a good @lifetimetv movie, but this #ARoyalRomance movie about #PrinceHarry and #MeghanMarkle is soooo over the top. I’m actually embarrassed for them. So bad. #RoyalWedding.’

Prince Harry is played by Murray Fraser while Meghan is played by Parisa Fitz-Henley. 

At the very beginning of the movie, there were scenes spliced together including Princess Diana with Harry, her funeral, and the sons out on a safari with Prince Charles.

At one point Harry walks toward a lion and then saves its life when his father attempts to shoot it.


Interesting: At the very beginning of the movie, there were scenes intertwined together including Princess Diana with Harry, her funeral, and the sons out on a safari with Prince Charles

Touching moment: Diana (Bonnie Soper) had a cute moment with her son at the very beginning of the film

Trial by fire: A young Harry is shown on safari as he interacted with a lion who reminded him of his late mother

‘Was a bad CGI-ed lion really the most important part?’ Obviously the lion was supposed to symbolize his late mother which some viewers took umbrage with

Obviously the lion was supposed to symbolize his late mother which some viewers took umbrage with.   

One wrote:  ‘Was a bad cgi-ed lion really the most important part about this story that lifetime had to blow half the budget on it #ARoyalRomance.’

Another commented: ‘Ohhhh, okaaaay. So the lion at the beginning was Princess Diana in animal-spirit form. And Charles almost shot it, which seems about right. #ARoyalRomance.’

Others took issue with the portrayal of William and Kate’s relationship, played by Burgess Abernethy and Laura Mitchell, respectively.

What a second date! The two were shown arriving at Botswana to sleep under the stars upon their second meeting 

Uh oh: Some users were upset about the portrayal of William and Kate’s relationship as they are played by Burgess Abernethy and Laura Mitchell, respectively

Ouch: Another user was not happy about the actor they chose to use this time around comparing him to the one from 2011 Lifetime film William & Catherine: A Royal Romance

One user said: ‘Why are they making Kate and Will seem so cold? Did the creators have some hate towards them? Kate is wonderful and there is no need to put her down in order to put Meghan on a pedestal. #ARoyalRomance.’

Another took issue with the way that Kate was portrayed as robotic and that her marriage seemed strained.

They said: ‘Is anyone else completely bothered that they are doing William and Kate like that? They’re making Kate seem awful and robotic and making it seem like they have a strained marriage. #ARoyalRomance.’ 

Big moment: The film showed the moment Prince Harry got down on one knee to propose at their cottage just months ago

Another tweeter was not happy about the actor they chose to use this time around comparing him to the one from 2011 Lifetime film William & Catherine: A Royal Romance.

They said: ‘Lmaoooo Lifetime did Prince William SO dirty this time… #ARoyalRomance’ 

One Twitter user joked about how his wife was forcing him into watching the biopic.

Taken hostage: One Twitter user joked that his wife was forcing him to watch the film

He said: ‘So my wife is making me watch this. It’s a hostage situation in here. @lifetimetv #ARoyalRomance’ 

Others did enjoy the feature despite the cheesiness as one Twitter user loved a scene from their second date in which Meghan talked about the difficulties in growing up half-black in America.

Lesley Hauler wrote: ‘Favorite part so far: Prince Harry just compared the difficulties of growing up mixed race in America with being a redhead in England #ARoyalRomance’ 

Meeting ‘granny’: Toward the end of the flick, Harry brings Meghan to meet his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II

Trailblazer: In their meeting, the Queen asks Meghan if she is an actor in The Crown before bringing up Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz from the 1700s who is claimed to have African heritage

Ecstatic: Several microbloggers were excited about the mention of the former Queen Of Great Britain and Ireland from her marriage to King George III

Ouch: A Twitter user joked that the actual Queen Elizabeth II would have a heart attack from her portrayal an the portrayal of her family in the film

Toward the end of the flick, Harry brings Meghan to meet his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II.

In their meeting, the Queen asks Meghan if she is an actor in The Crown before bringing up Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz from the 1700s who is claimed to have African heritage.

Many viewers took to the microblogging site to celebrate the mention of the former Queen Of Great Britain and Ireland from her marriage to King George III. 

One wrote: ‘Queen Charlotte !!! THEYRE BRINGING UP THR REAL AFRICAN HERITAGE OF THE ROYAL MONARCHY! WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA #ARoyalRomance.’ 

A big fan: Others did enjoy the feature despite the cheesiness as one Twitter user loved a scene from their second date in which Meghan talked about the difficulties in growing up half-black in America

Setting the stage: Reina Valentine seemed to enjoy the film as she wrote about the points she was a fan of

Announced back in January 2018, just under two months after Harry and Meghan announced their engagement, the film explored how the couple’s relationship blossomed from a first date in 2016 to a November 2017 engagement.

Fitz-Henley has called Meghan Markle ‘a natural role model’, adding: ‘It was a privilege to play her.’

While Murray is relatively new to on-screen roles his co-star Parisa is best known for her role as Reva Connors in Jessica Jones back in 2015.

A Royal Romance will air in the UK on Lifetime on Monday, 14 May at 9pm. Lifetime is on channel 164 on Sky and 208 on Virgin.

Talk of the town: Twitter was buzzing with reaction to the Lifetime film

 

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