The lead actors of Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal have been cast, and fans are divided on the decision
The latest royal biopic, a sequel to Lifetime‘s A Royal Romance last year, is currently in production.
The script has been written, the release date has been set and now the lead roles have been cast.
Earlier this month, Lifetime revealed that the stars of A Royal Romance would not be reprising their roles and as such, they would be recasting the role of Meghan and Harry.
Instead, actors Charlie Field and Tiffany Marie Smith will portray the Duke and Duchess of Sussex respectively as they embark on the next chapter of their lives.
The actors took to social media to share the news.
So excited to share this royally awesome news… and to share this adventure with you sir, @CharlieREField! #BecomingRoyal @lifetimetv
Thank you @DEADLINE ✨#BecomingRoyal #actress #newadventures #dreambig #herewego #harryandmeghan 🙏🏽 https://t.co/Moa57WEtwD
— Tiffany Smith 🖤 #Smithlord (@TiffanysTweets) February 22, 2019
“So excited to share this royally awesome news,” Tiffany tweeted, whilst Charlie posted; “Excited to join this project”.
Even Parisa Fitz-Henley, who played Meghan in A Royal Romance took to Twitter to praise the new casting.
— Parisa Fitz-Henley (@ParisaFH) February 22, 2019
According to Lifetime, the movie will examine the newlyweds’ love story, “pulling back the curtain to reveal the untold joys and challenges of life inside the royal family during their pivotal first years of marriage.”
But whilst many await the anticipated biopic, some are not sold on the new stars of the show
The have to be brilliant actors because they don’t look like Harry or Meghan not even a little gonna take a whole lot of make up to correct this casting pic.twitter.com/nWPozRBFag
— Karima H Wahid (@Ladyvardo) February 23, 2019
Usually they cast actors more attractive than the real life people – in this case that did not happen at all. LOL Both Meghan and Harry are far more attractive than these two. Just my superficial opinion. #Hollywood
— ᗰᎥᑕᕼᗴᒪᗴ Ǥ ᗩᒪᒪᗴᑎ (@MichiAllen) February 21, 2019
Terrible prince harry lookalike 🤣
— Mirah (@IamSweety451) February 21, 2019
Ew. They are both so much more attractive than the actors playing them. #RoyalFamily
— Sue Colaianni (@litchick65) February 21, 2019
Some brought up the fact that the actress was not black or biracial;
So has @lifetimetv clarified the ethnicity of this woman? Instagram is saying this actress is white and you intend on black facing her into a half black woman. Please tell me this is not true.There are so many half black actresses that could play this role.Representation matters
— New Lyfe (@NewLyfe6) February 24, 2019
I’ve been trying to figure this out. I’m starting to think she is not considering what I’ve seen on Instagram. Proper Representation matters and I hope lifetime didnt screw this up.
— New Lyfe (@NewLyfe6) February 24, 2019
Some praised the hunky ‘Harry’ actor;
That bloke looks exactly like Harry. It’s uncanny.
— Richard (@Oocnan) February 24, 2019
The guys is just waaay too handsome to play Harry🤭🤫 pic.twitter.com/JeEsNxPgcx
— Milly (@Milly7677) February 21, 2019
This guy looks more masculine than Harry. 😀
— TeaLipstickCeleb (@CelebLipstick) February 22, 2019
And then there were some who asked why a sequel was even needed;
omg why is lifetime making a sequel to the the harry and meghan movie nobody asked weirdos
— willow (@fentynarcotics) February 21, 2019
These movies are so lame. Please stop. We all know how the story goes. Thanx
— VS (@Veruka7salt) February 21, 2019
Why? Lifetime needs to stop making these terrible movies and too start making better ones with better storylines with no gaps and where the actors aren’t so flat acting.
— gothicbat (@carseyrandom) February 21, 2019
OMFG!!! Yall are beating this horse way into hell. Who cares they over there WE here …😐
— chastity (@chasmami) February 21, 2019
@lifetimetv if y’all don’t stop with this tomfoolery..
— Erin Loden (@ErinLoden) February 21, 2019
Why ? Who asked for this ? pic.twitter.com/dq5qIM9llb
— Angelkelly (@angelkelly9387) February 21, 2019
why waste time making this movie? all they are going to do is make them look good to cover up what they are really like
— Annie (@Locoas) February 21, 2019
Do you think the lead stars look anything like Meghan & Harry?
Will you be watching Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal?