Lifetime Releases First Photo of ‘Harry and Meghan: Escaping the Palace’

Harry and Meghan Escaping the Palace and Lifetime Logo

On the third anniversary of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, Lifetime announced the names of the two actors who will play the royal couple in the film Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace.

Prince Harry will be portrayed by Jordan Dean (The Punisher) and Markle will be played by Sydney Morton (She’s Gotta Have It.) The two are shown in the image above from Lifetime.

The movie began production this week in Vancouver, according to a press release sent out Wednesday by the network.

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Escaping the Palace is the third installment in Lifetime’s Harry & Meghan film franchise. Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance was released in 2018, followed by Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal the following year.

Returning cast members include Jordan Whalen as Prince William, Laura Mitchell as Kate Middleton, Steve Coulter as Prince Charles, Maggie Sullivun as Queen Elizabeth II, Melanie Nicholls-King as Doria Ragland, Bonnie Soper as Princess Diana, Deborah Ramsay as Camilla and James Dreyfus as palace insider Leonard.

Executive producers Merideth Finn and Michele Weiss, director Menhaj Huda and writer Scarlett Lacey also return for the third installment.

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The made-for-TV movie will look at the factors that drove the royal couple to leave their titles behind and move across the pond with their son Archie.

Here’s the official description: The film “explores what really happened inside the palace that drove Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to leave everything behind in order to make a future for themselves and their son Archie. The movie will detail Meghan’s growing isolation and sadness, their disappointment that ‘The Firm’ was not defending them against the press’s attacks and Harry’s fear that history would repeat itself and he would not be able to protect his wife and son from the same forces that may have contributed to his mother’s untimely death.”

Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace is slated for a fall 2021 release. The premiere date will be announced later.