The fascinating fictionalization of Cyclone novels between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on the Lifetime Channel aired on Sunday, leaving us with many things to think about – and they were absolutely confused.
From the bizarre surreal use of lions as symbolic depictions of Princess Diana, to a warm, maternal portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II – the Netflix The Crown really does not appreciate – to insulting remarks about Markle's legal drama Suits Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance was very down to earth and at the same time disturbingly confident.
After a nearly two-hour television movie about the Royal Family (some members are portrayed in less flattering, borderline reality TV villains, to say the least), here's a look at some of the night's biggest surprises and head-shaking scenes ,
Princess Diana Has Some Really Questionable Advice
The movie begins in 1997, after the death of Princess Diana, when Prince Charles brought Harry and William to Africa to avoid media attention
During a flashback before Diana's hasty premonition Decease, the beloved princess (played by Bonnie Soper) talks to a very young Harry, who gives her son a very dubious advice: "It's alright to be naughty sometimes, as long as you're not caught."
Which – When Harry's wild clubbing and Nazi-uniform party conventions, which are later portrayed in the film, are any indication – was a motto that the impressionable Prince took to heart (except the "not caught" part).
. 2 Prince Harry is a Lion Whisperer
As a child in Africa, Harry sits under a tree as a lion approaches and only looks at him. As Charles aimed his rifle, Harry angrily pushed the pistol away and rescued the savage beast.
Later in the film, Harry (Murray Fraser) clumsily tells Meghan that he thinks the lion was actually a ship for the reincarnated spirit of his deceased mother, on which she is fully aboard ,
Months passed and on the anniversary of Diana's death, Harry and Meghan travel together to Africa, where they urge him to talk about his grief. In a fit of rage (and classic avoidance), Harry storms out of her tent with Meghan in tow.
Soon they face a lioness who stares at them peacefully – which symbolically agrees to their relationship as Diana.
. 3 "Harry & Meghan" Is Bizarrely Self-Confident
From the first moments when Harry and Meghan are adults, it's hard to avoid the disturbing realization that it's a biopic, the events of the past year maps. Meghan is even introduced as he films a series of suits.
In fact, this lifetime film makes it really important to offend suits as often as possible. One character says it's "not exactly Shakespeare" while another scene tries to show how much a self-possessed, Badenian Meghan is by making a line change the writers in a scene because she feels like she's " in every episode "say. then they change the line to something else clichés.
Meanwhile, when Meghan and Harry meet with Queen Elizabeth (Maggie Sullivun), the insanely friendly monarch asks the actress if the actress was involved in the Netflix miniseries The Crown and then complains about that people make biopics about people who are still alive.
4. Meghan's casting was amazing (other royals … not that much)
When Lifetime turned to Parisa Fitz-Henley for the stunning Playing Meghan Markle, they could not have asked for a better actress (apart from getting Meghan to play herself, because everything has happened within the last two years, so she would be perfect for the part.)
Parisa sees Very similar to Meghan, she has a strong, determined atmosphere and she has added a lot to the role.
As for Harry, playing Murray Fraser was a definite compliment. Sure, he looks like a soap opera version of the 33-year-old Royal you can not expect a lifetime movie to be different, at least he's handsome and talented.
The strangest casting was probably Prince William, played by Burgess Abernethy Doing a decent job, the decision to give the prince more hair than he did in real life, but still partially bald, has never stopped being distracting.
5. Addressing the Racist Brooch
One of the film's most significant turning points came when Harry pouted at Pippa Middleton's wedding party, where he could not invite Meghan, and meets an elderly royal relative wearing a racist "blackamoor" brooch – a pin which looks like a stereotypical depiction of an African native and represents the colonial roots of the English Empire.
Harry tells her during the party, which leads to her drunken insult to Meghan's biracial ethnicity. The heated exchange eventually leads Prince Charles to understand the dangers of steadfast adherence to tradition, and he tells his son to bring Meghan to the party so he can meet her.
In real life, however, there are a few things that seemed different. While the Queen's cousin, Princess Michael of Kent, wore a Blackamoor brooch for a royal event, Meghan was involved, the incident occurred in December 2017, after Harry and Meghan were already engaged. This incident really had nothing to do with anybody suddenly turning Meghan into family life.
Also in real life, Meghan was invited to Pippa's wedding reception. In addition, Princess Michael of Kent did not defend her decision to wear the problem jewelry, arguing instead, "The brooch was a gift and has been worn many times, Princess Michael is very sorry and she is desperately causing offense . "
6. Kate Middleton and Prince William Do not Get Away
While both William and Kate find themselves Finally, with the help of Meghan and Harry at the end of the movie, their attitudes can best be described as -mesque -esque
after they've made it to Kate and Kate's People manipulated several times, it felt like someone at Lifetime really wanted to kill the Duchess of Cambridge.