When it was announced that Lifetime was making a TV movie about Britain's Prince Harry's relationship with Meghan Markle, we all scoffed and rolled our eyes — but it turns out it rather impressed everyone.
Sure, producers may have used somea lot of artistic licence, but after it aired in the U.S. on Sunday (May 14), it actually received a surprising amount of praise on social media.
Airing just six days before the couple are set to tie the knot for real, "Harry and Meghan: A Royal Romance" took a closer look at how they first fell in love, with Parisa Fitz-Henley and Murray Fraser (who you may recognise from "Victoria") taking on the roles.
First off, many were astounded by the likeness between Parisa and Meghan:
what are the odds that lifetime would be able to find an actress who a) looks exactly like meghan markle and b) is fucking amazing #aroyalromance— Claire Fallon (@ClaireEFallon) May 14, 2018
The Meghan actress is spot on with voice and mannerisms #ARoyalRomance— Kathryn (@KWeathersB1) May 14, 2018
Can we please discuss hOW AMAZING THE ACTRESS THAT PLAYED MEGHAN MARKLE IS THATS THE BEST CASTING I HAVE EVER SEEN #ARoyalRomance— Sarah (@MissSarahLouise) May 14, 2018
Many were impressed that it tackled some of the tougher issues, including the racism Meghan has faced:
This deeply emotional scene about Meghan's mother is a real thing. She wrote an essay about it in relation to her racial identity, and I'm glad they included it. #ARoyalRomance— c.valentine (@deadpandolores) May 14, 2018
They really pulled no punches about the racism she faced. I'm glad they didn't sugar coat this movie. Lifetime surprised me.— Couch Bae (@Legallycam225) May 14, 2018
They did their best to try and recreate the details of their relationship we do know about, including the roast chicken engagement dinner...
... and Harry's letter to the press asking them to back off Meghan
Awww Harry's statement. That was so romantic. #ARoyalRomance— Crimson v. Clover (@pxincessofcolor) May 14, 2018
They even shoehorned in this brilliant line from Meghan's 2016 Elle essay into the dialogue:
"Glass ceilings not glass slippers" is one of many lines that I hope the writers wrote and then heartily applauded themselves. #ARoyalRomance— Elizabeth Holmes (@EHolmes) May 14, 2018
"As future princess Markle herself wrote in a 2016 Elle UK essay, she wants to "focus less on glass slippers and more on pushing through glass ceilings.""https://t.co/QPhykO0C2A— Melanie Notkin (@SavvyAuntie) May 14, 2018
Even the much talked about sex scenes were not as bad as most had anticipated — even though there were rather a lot of them:
However, the depiction of William and Kate fared less well with the public:
So was it a deliberate choice to make William & Kate as stodgy, old, & unattractive as possible? #ARoyalRomance— Lisa Packer (@doddspodge) May 14, 2018
Why are they making Kate and Will seem so cold? Did the creators have some hate towards them? Kate is wonderful and there is no need to put her down in order to put Meghan on a pedestal. #ARoyalRomance— Madison McLean (@madison_mmclean) May 14, 2018
While Meghan and Harry have kept their relationship largely private, Scarlett Lacey and Terrence Coli — who wrote the TV movie — have insisted they didn't stray too far from Harry and Meghan's real story.
"There was so much drama in the real story, we didn't have to make a lot up," Terrance said (via Los Angeles Times). "It almost feels like we cheated in a way."
Executive producer Michele Weiss added: "There were plenty of lawyers who looked over everything ... and we cleared."
While it isn't yet known what the couple make of the movie (and we seriously doubt we ever will), the British royal family was said to be concerned about it.
Watch the trailer below...