Most of the family, it’s worth noting, is depicted as being supportive of the relationship because the two are obviously gaga about each other, although brother Prince William (Burgess Abernethy) can’t resist “having a bit of a giggle” seeing Harry so smitten.
Still, this is a drama, after all, so “Harry & Meghan” finds conflict in casually nasty and racist remarks from those in the Royal orbit (one questions the time remaining on Meghan’s biological clock) and the relentless hounding by the paparazzi. When Harry makes a public statement pleading with the press to leave Meghan alone, she vents at him, insisting, “I am not some damsel in distress.”
That’s followed by the inevitable reunion, but again, this gauzy valentine doesn’t end there, saving what might be its one truly riotous bit for last, as Harry takes Meghan to meet his “granny,” a.k.a. Queen Elizabeth II. Her first question involves being reassured that the actress isn’t in any way involved with the unauthorized Netflix series about her life, “The Crown.”
Lifetime, naturally, will repeat “Harry & Meghan” later in the week, paired with a rebroadcast of “William & Kate,” its 2011 movie about how that relationship began, which underscores the formulaic nature of the exercise. In this case, just add a few additional degrees of difficulty. And giraffes.
“Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance” premieres May 13 at 8 p.m. on Lifetime.