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Lifetime movie stars recreate home video from Meghan and Prince Harry’s bombshell Oprah interview

Lifetime’s upcoming third film about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will likely include a recreation of the royal couple’s home video of the Duchess of Sussex on the beach with their son Archie – family footage that they shared during their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey

Sydney Morton, who is portraying expectant Meghan, 39, in the movie Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace, was pictured with a fake baby bump while on-set in Vancouver on Tuesday. 

The actress, 37, was joined on the beach by Jordan Dean, who is playing Prince Harry, and the little boy who stars as Archie. Photos show Morton cradling her fake baby bump while sporting a black zip-up athletic jacket, black leggings, and white sneakers.

See the resemblance? Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace stars Sydney Morton and Jordan Dean were pictured on set in Vancouver on Tuesday with a little boy who will play the royal’s couple’s son Archie in Lifetime’s upcoming movie 

First look: The appeared to be recreating the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's home video that shows the expectant mom playing on the beach with their son, which was shared during their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey

First look: The appeared to be recreating the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s home video that shows the expectant mom playing on the beach with their son, which was shared during their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey

Lookalikes: Morton, who plays Meghan, was seen rubbing her fake baby bump while standing next to her on-screen family

Lookalikes: Morton, who plays Meghan, was seen rubbing her fake baby bump while standing next to her on-screen family

Family affair: Melanie Nicholls-King, who is taking on the role of Meghan's mother Doria Ragland, was also with them

Family affair: Melanie Nicholls-King, who is taking on the role of Meghan's mother Doria Ragland, was also with them

Family affair: Melanie Nicholls-King, who is taking on the role of Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland, was also with them

On-screen couple: Morton and Dean were spotted holding hand as they walked on the beach together

On-screen couple: Morton and Dean were spotted holding hand as they walked on the beach together

Dressing the part: Morton was wearing a black zip-up athletic jacket, black leggings, and white sneakers. The outfit was nearly identical to the one Meghan wore in the video

Dressing the part: Morton was wearing a black zip-up athletic jacket, black leggings, and white sneakers. The outfit was nearly identical to the one Meghan wore in the video 

Acting: Morton appears to have been studying Meghan's mannerisms, including the way she touches her belly when she is pregnant. Meghan is pictured cradling her baby bump while pregnant with Archie in 2019

Acting: Morton appears to have been studying Meghan's mannerisms, including the way she touches her belly when she is pregnant

Acting: Morton appears to have been studying Meghan’s mannerisms, including the way she touches her belly when she is pregnant (right). Meghan is pictured cradling her baby bump while pregnant with Archie in 2019 (left) 

Who's who? Dean (pictured)  was dressed casually in a gray T-shirt, cargo shorts, and a baseball cap - a look that Harry has been seen wearing before

Who's who? Dean was dressed casually in a gray T-shirt, cargo shorts, and a baseball cap - a look that Harry has been seen wearing before (pictured)

Who’s who? Dean (left) was dressed casually in a gray T-shirt, cargo shorts, and a baseball cap – a look that Harry has been seen wearing before (right)

The outfit is nearly a perfect match to the one worn by the Duchess in the home movie. However, while Meghan donned a white baseball cap, her lookalike had sunglasses sitting on top of her head, likely so her face would be seen on camera. 

Dean, who was dressed casually in a gray T-shirt, cargo shorts, and a baseball cap, was seen holding the child actor playing Archie in his arms as Morton affectionately rubbed her fake belly. 

The video shared by the royals is thought to have been taken by Harry, 36, and shows Meghan and Archie playing together on a beach in California with one of their two dogs. 

Dean and Morton were seen holding the same blue Chuckit! dog toy on set that Meghan and Archie played with on the beach. 

The Sussexes first shared the footage of the Duchess and their son on the beach during their explosive interview with Oprah – which suggests that Lifetime’s movie is going to include the moment in one way or another, although the network has yet to confirm. 

Previous on-set images showed Dean wearing a near-identical grey suit to the one modeled by Harry during the primetime sit-down. The costume also featured a clip-on microphone that was attached to the left lapel of his suit jacket. It matched the tech used during Harry and Meghan’s on-screen chat – a further clue Lifetime is planning on taking on their conversation with Oprah.   

The original: The clip shared by the Sussexes is thought to have been taken by Harry, 36, and shows Meghan and Archie playing together on a beach in California with one of the couple's two dogs

The original: The clip shared by the Sussexes is thought to have been taken by Harry, 36, and shows Meghan and Archie playing together on a beach in California with one of the couple’s two dogs 

Throwback: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have a black Labrador Retriever and a rescue beagle. They were pictured with their dogs when they were living in Los Angeles last April

Throwback: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have a black Labrador Retriever and a rescue beagle. They were pictured with their dogs when they were living in Los Angeles last April

Throwback: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have a black Labrador Retriever and a rescue beagle. They were pictured with their dogs when they were living in Los Angeles last April 

Like family already: The actors appeared to in great spirits on set, where the youngest cast member happily ran in the sand

Like family already: The actors appeared to in great spirits on set, where the youngest cast member happily ran in the sand 

Go fetch: Dean was seen holding the same blue Chuckit! dog toy on set that Meghan and Archie played with on the beach

Go fetch: Dean was seen holding the same blue Chuckit! dog toy on set that Meghan and Archie played with on the beach

Double take: At first glance, Dean and Morton look just like Harry and Meghan having a conversation on the beach

Double take: At first glance, Dean and Morton look just like Harry and Meghan having a conversation on the beach

Just like Harry! Dean looked fatherly as he held the little boy playing Archie in his arms during the beach-side shoot

Just like Harry! Dean looked fatherly as he held the little boy playing Archie in his arms during the beach-side shoot

Just like Harry! Dean looked fatherly as he held the little boy playing Archie in his arms during the beach-side shoot 

Spoiler? The Sussexes first shared the footage of the Duchess and their son on the beach during their explosive interview with Oprah - which suggests that Lifetime's movie is going to include the moment in one way or another

Spoiler? The Sussexes first shared the footage of the Duchess and their son on the beach during their explosive interview with Oprah – which suggests that Lifetime’s movie is going to include the moment in one way or another

Mystery: Lifetime has not yet indicated the time frame of the upcoming Escaping the Palace movie, only teasing that the flick will give viewers a dramatized take on what led to Megxit

Mystery: Lifetime has not yet indicated the time frame of the upcoming Escaping the Palace movie, only teasing that the flick will give viewers a dramatized take on what led to Megxit

Mystery: Lifetime has not yet indicated the time frame of the upcoming Escaping the Palace movie, only teasing that the flick will give viewers a dramatized take on what led to Megxit

Shoes to fill: The movie is the third installment in a series of films about Meghan and Harry, and Dean and Morton are the third set of actors to take on the roles of the Duke and Duchess

Shoes to fill: The movie is the third installment in a series of films about Meghan and Harry, and Dean and Morton are the third set of actors to take on the roles of the Duke and Duchess

The interview has certainly played a pivotal role in the Sussexes’ relationship with the rest of the royal family. The couple made several damaging allegations about ‘The Firm’, including claims that an unnamed member of the monarchy made racist remarks about the color of their son Archie’s skin tone. 

Lifetime has not yet indicated the time frame of the upcoming Escaping the Palace movie, only teasing that the flick will give viewers a dramatized take on what led to Megxit. However, if producers have decided to include more current events, the Oprah interview would likely be a key moment that they’d be keen to feature.  

Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace promises to offer viewers a fictionalized account of ‘what really happened inside the palace that drove Harry and Meghan to leave everything behind in order to make a future for themselves and their son Archie,’ according to Deadline.

‘It 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 caused his mother’s untimely death.’

The movie is the third installment in a series of films about Meghan and Harry, and Dean and Morton are the third set of actors to take on the roles of the Duke and Duchess, having only been publicly unveiled as the stars of the upcoming movie days before filming began last month.  

Making it work: Although their physical similarities to Harry and Meghan are not entirely spot-on, the actors certainly dressed the part for filming

Making it work: Although their physical similarities to Harry and Meghan are not entirely spot-on, the actors certainly dressed the part for filming 

Adjustments: Morton wore sunglasses on top of her head during shooting, but in the real video, Meghan sported a white baseball cap

Adjustments: Morton wore sunglasses on top of her head during shooting, but in the real video, Meghan sported a white baseball cap

Adjustments: Morton wore sunglasses on top of her head during shooting, but in the real video, Meghan sported a white baseball cap

West Coast: The beachside shoot suggests that the film will delve into the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's move to California

West Coast: The beachside shoot suggests that the film will delve into the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s move to California

Who knows? The network has yet to confirm whether the film will cover Harry and Meghan's explosive interview with Oprah

Who knows? The network has yet to confirm whether the film will cover Harry and Meghan's explosive interview with Oprah

Who knows? The network has yet to confirm whether the film will cover Harry and Meghan’s explosive interview with Oprah

Drama: Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace promises to offer viewers a fictionalized account of 'what really happened inside the palace that drove Harry and Meghan to leave everything behind in order to make a future for themselves and their son Archie'

Drama: Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace promises to offer viewers a fictionalized account of ‘what really happened inside the palace that drove Harry and Meghan to leave everything behind in order to make a future for themselves and their son Archie’

Heavy: The film will also touch upon 'Meghan’s growing isolation and sadness' 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 caused his mother's untimely death'

Heavy: The film will also touch upon ‘Meghan’s growing isolation and sadness’ 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 caused his mother’s untimely death’

Waiting game: A release date for Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace has yet to be announced, but the actors have been busy shooting

Waiting game: A release date for Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace has yet to be announced, but the actors have been busy shooting 

The latest on-set images were taken two weeks after Lifetime shared the first photos of Morto and Dean stepping into their royal roles to publicly announce that they had been cast as Meghan and Harry.  

Although their physical similarities to Harry and Meghan are not entirely spot-on, the actors certainly dressed the part for the photo, which showed them posing in near-identical ensembles to those worn by the Sussexes for their final official engagement as senior members of the royal family in March 2020.  

Dean is seen wearing a blue suit, white shirt, and mint green tie and also sporting bright red hair and a beard, while Morton is pictured in a bright green caped dress that appears to be inspired by the Emilia Wickstead number worn by Meghan on last year’s Commonwealth Day.

Her dark locks were pulled back in a low updo, a style often sported by Meghan during her brief time as a royal. 

Shortly after the announcement was shared, Morton marked the occasion on her Instagram account, where she revealed that she and Dean are actually old friends. 

‘The cat’s out of the bag!’ she wrote. ‘Very grateful to be working with these wonderful people! AND I get to be on this wild ride with an old friend?? Literal dreams! Thank you everyone for all your kind words! Let’s goooooooo.’

Both stars have a handful of small on-screen roles to their names, and they have each made appearances in Netflix series in the past. Dean was featured in the 2019 show The Punisher, while Morton snagged parts in the 2020 mini-series Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker and She’s Gotta Have It, which ran from 2017 to 2019. 

Another star: Laura Mitchell, the actress who plays Kate Middleton, was also spotted on set donning a floral dress similar to the ones worn by the Duchess of Cambridge, though she opted for flat sandals between takes

Another star: Laura Mitchell, the actress who plays Kate Middleton, was also spotted on set donning a floral dress similar to the ones worn by the Duchess of Cambridge, though she opted for flat sandals between takes

Another star: Laura Mitchell, the actress who plays Kate Middleton, was also spotted on set donning a floral dress similar to the ones worn by the Duchess of Cambridge, though she opted for flat sandals between takes 

Father and son: Jordan Whalen (left) and Steve Coulter (right), who play Prince William and Prince Charles, respectively, were photographed in between takes

Father and son: Jordan Whalen (left) and Steve Coulter (right), who play Prince William and Prince Charles, respectively, were photographed in between takes  

Safety first: Coulter wore a face mask and carried a face shield as well as a sport coat. Whalen wore his face shield while holding onto a backpack and sneakers

Safety first: Coulter wore a face mask and carried a face shield as well as a sport coat. Whalen wore his face shield while holding onto a backpack and sneakers

Safety first: Coulter wore a face mask and carried a face shield as well as a sport coat. Whalen wore his face shield while holding onto  a backpack and sneakers 

Royal gig: Mitchell, Whalen, and Coulter played members of the royal family in the previous installments and are reprising their roles

Royal gig: Mitchell, Whalen, and Coulter played members of the royal family in the previous installments and are reprising their roles 

On her website, Morton describes herself as an actress and blogger, which is eerily reminiscent of Meghan’s life before she met Harry and joined the royal family. When the couple began dating, the Los Angeles native was starring in hit show Suits and ran a lifestyle blog, The Tig.

Dean has also made several appearances on Broadway in hit shows like Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Mamma Mia!, and Cymbeline.

The on-screen couple is the third pair to portray Harry and Meghan for Lifetime – which has already released two other movies about the Sussexes in the last few years. 

Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace follows 2018’s Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance, which covered the early days of their relationship, and 2019’s Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal, which focused on the royal wedding.  

Parisa Fitz-Henley and Murray Fraser played Meghan and Harry, respectively, in the first biopic, which explored how the couple’s relationship blossomed from their first date in 2016 to their engagement in November 2017.

It aired in May 2018, just days before the couple’s royal wedding.

The second movie offered a playful, fictional account of the events immediately leading up to Harry and Meghan’s May 2018 wedding and their first few months as husband and wife. It aired in May 2019. 

First look: The new on-set snaps were taken exactly one week after the first photo of Dean and Morton as Harry and Meghan was shared by Lifetime. The photos showed them wearing outfits that look just like those sported by the Sussexes last March

First look: The new on-set snaps were taken exactly one week after the first photo of Dean and Morton as Harry and Meghan was shared by Lifetime. The photos them wearing outfits that look just like those sported by the Sussexes last March

First look: The new on-set snaps were taken exactly one week after the first photo of Dean and Morton as Harry and Meghan was shared by Lifetime. The photos showed them wearing outfits that look just like those sported by the Sussexes last March 

The Duchess of Sussex: Actress and blogger Morton is best known for her roles in Netflix shows She’s Gotta Have It and Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker

The Duchess of Sussex: Actress and blogger Morton is best known for her roles in Netflix shows She’s Gotta Have It and Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker

The Duchess of Sussex: Actress and blogger Morton is best known for her roles in Netflix shows She’s Gotta Have It and Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker

The Duke of Sussex: New York-based Broadway actor Dean has made several appearances on Broadway in hit shows like Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Mamma Mia!, and Cymbeline

The Duke of Sussex: New York-based Broadway actor Dean has made several appearances on Broadway in hit shows like Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Mamma Mia!, and Cymbeline

The Duke of Sussex: New York-based Broadway actor Dean has made several appearances on Broadway in hit shows like Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Mamma Mia!, and Cymbeline

Actress Tiffany Smith played the Duchess of Sussex, while British star Charlie Field took on the role of the Duke of Sussex in the film. 

The new movie will be directed by Menhaj Huda and executive produced by Merideth Finn and Michele Weiss 

Like Netflix’s The Crown – but on a much tighter budget – Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace will feature actors playing senior members of the royal family including Prince William and Kate Middleton and Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, all of whom will be portrayed by the same actors who appeared in the earlier installments. 

Producers will no doubt draw heavily on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s explosive Oprah interview, which aired in March, although it remains to be seen if it will go near controversial topics such as the alleged racist remark about Archie.  

Speaking to Vanity Fair about the second film, screenwriter Scarlett Lacey – who has returned for the third installment – explained that the plot features a mix of truths and fiction. It will also look at ‘family feuds’ between Kate and Meghan, Charles and Harry and Harry and William, it was reported. 

Lacey also suggested she had gained access to some of Meghan’s and the royals’ inner circles, although she did not name any names. 

Debut: Parisa Fitz-Henley and Murray Fraser were the first actors to play Harry and Meghan for Lifetime in 2018's Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance, which covered the early days of the couple's relationship

Debut: Parisa Fitz-Henley and Murray Fraser debuted the roles for Lifetime in 2018’s Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance, which covered the early days of the couple’s relationship

Next up: In 2019's Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal, the main roles were played by Tiffany Smith and Charlie Field

Next up: In 2019’s Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal, the main roles were played by Tiffany Smith and Charlie Field 

Back again: Several actors are returning for the third movie, including Deborah Ramsay as the Duchess of Cornwall (left) and Coulter as Prince Charles (center left)

Back again: Several actors are returning for the third movie, including Deborah Ramsay as the Duchess of Cornwall (left) and Coulter as Prince Charles (center left) 

‘Some of the people I talk to are close to the royals. Others are Hollywood friends of Meghan, and others are journalists and experts in the royal field,’ she said. 

However, she acknowledged that the movies – which portray Harry and Meghan in a highly favorable light – are definitely a mixture of fact and fiction.

Airing on Lifetime five days before the pair married in real life, the first movie charted the whirlwind romance of Meghan and Harry by mutual friend Violet von Westenholz, to their time in Botswana where they fell in love.

It culminated in Prince Harry going down on one knee in his Kensington Palace apartment to ask Meghan to marry him. It also featured other members of the royal family, including Kate, who will no doubt play an even bigger part in the third film.

The second film touched on the lead up to the wedding as well as Meghan’s relationship with her father.

Lacey said at the time: ‘This film deals with the drama of planning a wedding: the moment you’d much rather elope, the moment your family might mess it all up – and they nearly do.’

Star Smith said in the same interview: ‘We got to do some stuff with Kate, which I really liked.

‘I think one of the biggest things, obviously, about Meghan is that she’s such a supporter of other women and women’s empowerment. That was something I think was important for all of us to focus on, myself included.’

What happened in the first two Harry & Meghan Lifetime movies?

HARRY & MEGHAN: A ROYAL ROMANCE (2018) 

Airing on Lifetime five days before the pair married in real life, the movie charted the whirlwind romance of Meghan and Harry by mutual friend Violet von Westenholz, to their time in Botswana where they fell in love.

Things eventually heat up as the young couple are filmed seemingly naked and entwined in bed until Harry can take it no more, going down on one knee in his Kensington Palace apartment to ask Meghan to marry him.

It also featured other members of the royal family, including Kate Middleton. 

Kate was depicted as the grim common sense throughout the film, who pops up seemingly with the express purpose of throwing cold water on Harry’s fun. 

HARRY & MEGHAN: BECOMING ROYAL (2019)

A scene showing the actors playing Meghan and Harry kissing after their wedding in Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal

A scene showing the actors playing Meghan and Harry kissing after their wedding in Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal

Becoming Royal promised to ‘pull back the curtain to reveal untold joys and challenges’ faced by the couple, as well as key moments like their pregnancy announcement. 

British actor Charlie Field, who appeared in an episode of Poldark, was cast as Prince Harry, while American actress and presenter Tiffany Smith, who has had minor roles in shows including Jane the Virgin, played Meghan. 

Other key moments included Meghan’s first solo royal engagement and their first royal tour. 


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