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TLC preps ITN’s “When Harry Met Meghan: A Royal Engagement”

Discovery Communications-owned lifestyle channel TLC is prepping a special about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s journey from courtship to proposal. Produced by ITN Productions, When Harry Met Meghan: A Royal Engagement (w/t) will ...
December 6, 2017

Discovery Communications-owned lifestyle channel TLC is prepping a special about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s journey from courtship to proposal.

Produced by ITN Productions, When Harry Met Meghan: A Royal Engagement (w/t) will take an in-depth look at the couple, beginning with their early childhoods. The doc aims to show the parallels between Prince Harry and Markle’s upbringing, including being raised by separated parents and receiving private educations.

The special also explores Markle’s background as a biracial divorcee and her role as a human rights ambassador.

When Harry Met Meghan will also take a look at the couple’s first outings, the media’s reaction to their romance, and the swirl of rumors surrounding their engagement.

Viewers will hear directly from Markle’s half-sister, Samantha Markle, as well as some of her closest friends, including actress Abby Wathen and chef Tom Sellers and Queen Elizabeth II’s former press secretary Dickie Arbiter.

Constitutional historian David Starkey delves into the history and culture of the royal family and what Markel’s new life will entail.

The doc is based on a production ITN created for ITV — Prince Harry & Meghan: Truly, Madly, Deeply. ITN sold the doc to ITV, and it has been rewritten by a U.S. executive and reformatted to include a U.S. voice for the TLC broadcast.

It is executive produced by Chris Shaw and Anne Garofalo-Paterno for ITN, and Mike Kane for TLC. Garofalo-Paterno undertook the U.S. rewriting for the TLC version of the series.

 

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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