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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.

 

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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