29 Hilarious Thoughts People Had About Lifetime’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Movie

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At long last, Lifetime blessed us all with Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance, the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle movie none of us needed but desperately wanted. The film, which premiered on Sunday, clocks in at two and a half hours, which means there’s plenty of time to include the most important aspects of the pair’s lives: a run-in with a lion that may or may not harbor the spirit of the late Princess Diana, an ill-fated Halloween party, some cheap shots at Prince William’s hair (or lack thereof), and a picture-perfect re-creation of the real-life couple’s stunning engagement photos.

A Royal Romance could not have cast a better Harry and Meghan, played by Murray Fraser and Parisa Fitz-Henley (especially Fitz-Henley, who will have you doing double takes for all 120 minutes), while the same can’t exactly be said of the rest of the actors on board (*cough* Prince William *cough*). Still, the fictional version of their love story will make you laugh, tear up, potentially fall asleep (it’s two and a half hours), and get even more excited for the big royal wedding than you thought possible.

Since we still have a few days to go until that happens, see what Twitter thought of Lifetime’s latest ahead.

J@Queen_Soul01

This little 2 hour movie probably has the palace shook 😭😭, a strong feminist who slept w harry before they wed AND they talked about the first black princess AND said harry is of mixed race

Jennifer@Paper_Heart_Jen

If you think I’m gonna spend 2 1/2 hours watching this cheesy lifetime movie about Harry and Meghan, you’re absolutely right.

Jade Jackson@IAMJADETHEGREAT

Meghan’s mom’s advice was so SPOT ON! I know this is just a Lifetime Movie but daaaaang! “That boy lost his mom to the paparazzi. You don’t expect him to try to protect you?”

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Meghan Markle ‘related to Jack the Ripper serial killer suspect H H Holmes’ who killed victims in Factory of Death hotel — The Sun

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MEGHAN Markle is related to Jack the Ripper serial killer suspect H.H. Holmes, her family has claimed. The US actress’ ancestor could be the American medic, who confessed to 27 murders in the 19th century and has been linked to the grisly murders in 1888 London. H. H. Holmes was a serial killer who lived in…

MEGHAN Markle is related to Jack the Ripper serial killer suspect H.H. Holmes, her family has claimed.

The US actress’ ancestor could be the American medic, who confessed to 27 murders in the 19th century and has been linked to the grisly murders in 1888 London. 

H. H. Holmes was a serial killer who lived in America
H. H. Holmes was a serial killer who lived in America
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Serial killer H.H. Holmes murdered at least nine known victims, targeting his victims in a specialist Factory of Death hotel, and was executed in 1896 – with some theories suggesting he had travelled to the UK to unleash the horrific killings in London’s East End to become Jack the Ripper.

The eighth cousin of Prince Harry’s fiancée lawyer Jeff Mudgett has since claimed the family is related to the notorious killer, telling the Daily Star: “We did a study with the FBI and CIA and Scotland Yard regarding handwriting analysis.

“It turns out he was Jack the Ripper. This means Meghan is related to Jack the Ripper.

“I don’t think the Queen knows. I am not proud he is my ancestor. Meghan won’t be either.”

Meghan Markle could be related to the American serial killer
Meghan Markle could be related to the American serial killer, her family has claimed
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The eighth cousin of Prince Harry's fiancee lawyer Jeff Mudgett said the Queen might not be too happy to find out the news
The eighth cousin of Prince Harry’s fiancee lawyer Jeff Mudgett said the Queen might not be too happy to find out the news
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While Holmes was confirmed to have killed nine people at the time of his death, there have been suggestions that his body count could have totalled more than 200.

It comes as Meghan Markle readies herself to walk down the aisle to marry Prince Harry this weekend. 

Holmes’ crimes saw him dubbed America’s first serial killer, with his crimes inspiring Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City.

Author Erik Larson told The Sun: “Holmes was a complete psychopath, utterly lacking a moral core.

WHO WAS HE? Serial killer H.H. Holmes

Herman Webster Mudgett was born in May, 1861 – going on to become one of America’s first known serial killers.

As a young man, Herman grew up in a small New Hampshire town, becoming fascinated with taking apart local dogs and rabbits, it has been claimed.

He then enrolled in medical school, allegedly taking out life insurance policies on fictional people that he had created and listed himself as a beneficiary.

Mudgett later changed his name ot Henry Howard Holmes, moving to Chicago.

It was there that he built a property which was dubbed the “Castle” by locals.

The building allegedly included a labyrinth of corridors, trapdoors and horrors, with Holmes gonig on to seduce women, have them list him on their life insurance, then murder them.

He was ultimately put on trial for the murder of his accomplice Benjamin Pitezel, confessing to killing 27 people during the police investigation.

However, the true number of his victims may never be known, with the body count potentially as high as 200.

It has previously been claimed that Holmes travelled to the UK at one point in his life, unleashing the Jack the Ripper murders.

Holmes was dubbed the Beast of Chicago
Holmes was dubbed the Beast of Chicago
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The new details in Meghan's family tree come as the actress prepares to tie the knot to Prince Harry
The new details in Meghan’s family tree come as the actress prepares to tie the knot to Prince Harry
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“He would just as soon kill you as buy you a drink. He had zero sense of right and wrong.

“He sought stimulation in manipulation, and was utterly charming in ways that were unfamiliar to women at the time — and thus very compelling.”

Warped Dr Holmes, who was dubbed the Beast of Chicago, was born Herman Webster Mudgett to a rich family in Gilmanton, New Hampshire, in May 1861.

He studied medicine at the University of Michigan, where he stole corpses to perform experiments on and he also started making false insurance claims.

His killing rampage began after he moved to Chicago in 1886, changed his named to Henry H Holmes and started to construct a three-storey hotel designed to trap and kill his guests.

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Naomi Campbell believes Princess Diana would love Prince Harry’s fiancee Meghan Markle

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Princess Diana died in 1997 (Picture: Tim Graham Photo Library)

Naomi Campbell has admitted she believes Princess Diana would be overjoyed thatPrince Harry ‘was marrying the women he wanted to’.

Speaking to press at the Fashion For Relief press conference in Cannes Film Festival on Saturday, Naomi called the upcoming royal wedding ‘fantastic’.

‘I know that Princess Diana would be so happy that her son is marrying the women he wanted to and I think she would have loved her,’ she said of Meghan Markle.

via Naomi Campbell believes Princess Diana would love Prince Harry’s fiancee Meghan Markle — Metro

News analysis: the Royal Family and the church

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Originally published by Premier Christianity

prince-harry-meghan-markle-engagedOn the 19th of May it will be time to wheel out the Union Jack bunting as Britain prepares to celebrate another royal wedding.

The marriage of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, later this month will undoubtedly usher in the winds of change: Markle will become the first mixed-race member of the royal family, and the first American.

But in one respect the unconventional wedding will hark back to centuries-old tradition: it will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

So do the links between Britain’s first family and its national church remain as strong as ever?

When it was announced that Harry and Markle were engaged and would marry in a Christian ceremony, Justin Welby’s response was effusive: “Marriage is a special and joyous commitment, one that Jesus celebrated together with friends at the wedding in Cana. I am so happy that Prince Harry and Ms Markle have chosen to make their vows before God.”

Relations have not always been so cordial. During the 1930s the church and monarchy were at loggerheads over the proposed match of the then King, Edward VIII, with another divorced American, Wallis Simpson.

The Church of England, which at the time forbid re-marriage after divorce, told the King he could not remain Supreme Governor of the Church and marry Simpson, forcing him to abdicate in favour of his bride.

There will be no such confrontation this time, however, as in 2002 the rules were changed to allow divorcees with living former spouses, such as Markle, to marry in the C of E if the officiating minister has no objection.

The Archbishop clearly has no such objection and has spent plenty of time with the couple, as he prepared Markle for a service in which she was baptised and confirmed in March. Interestingly, this was Markle’s choice and not a legal requirement to receive a Church of England wedding, although Kate Middleton also was confirmed shortly before her marriage.

The American actress does have a Christian background: her father is an Episcopalian (the American branch of global Anglicanism) and she was educated at a Roman Catholic School. But reports have suggested that Markle deciding to formally join the Anglican Church through baptism and confirmation to honour the wishes of the woman who will become her grandmother-in-law.

Markle’s decision points to the true cornerstone of the royal family’s relationship with the church: the Queen. The monarch’s deep Christian faith has never been a secret but seems to have, if anything, deepened over the years.

She attends church almost every Sunday and has frequently spoken of how following Jesus is the “anchor in my life”. Catherine Butcher, who co-wrote a book on the Queen’s faith to mark her 90th birthday, said that locals at Sandringham had told her that the Queen and Prince Philip went to church faithfully: “It’s not just for the cameras or on state occasions. They want to worship.”

It is also known that there are several other practising Christians within the royal household, she said. “The light of Christ is there and being passed from one to another.”

An analysis in December by The Observer newspaper found that since 2000 the Queen’s Christmas speeches, her sole opportunity each year to speak to the nation in her own words, have become notably more infused with her faith. During 2016’s broadcast, she said: “Billions of people now follow Christ’s teaching and find in him the guiding light for their lives. I am one of them.”

Catherine Pepinster, a commentator on religious affairs, said that in recent decades the Queen had become the UK’s leading “apologist for Christianity in the public domain”.

But some observers have concerns that despite the Queen’s deep connections to Christianity, the newer generations of royals have failed to follow in her footsteps. Some have even warned that the centuries-long bond between the monarchy and church may begin to fracture after the Queen dies.

Prince Charles famously said in 1994 that when he becomes king he may move from being Defender of the Faith – a 500-year-old Christian title granted to the monarchs of England by the Pope – to “defender of faith” more generally.

Other ties are also weakening, as people begin to see the exclusively Anglican flavour of the monarchy as anachronistic and intolerant. A modernisation of the royal succession laws in 2013 dropped the ban on the king or queen marrying a Roman Catholic, although the monarch themselves must still be an Anglican in order to carry out their role as Supreme Governor of the C of E.

The youngest generation of royals has shown less interest in Christian affairs and neither Prince William or Harry regularly attend church in the manner of their grandparents. However, it is fair to note that in this the royals are simply echoing wider trends. Church attendance has been falling in Britain for almost half a century and a report last year revealed that just 3% of young adults describe themselves as Anglican.

What is true for the Windsors is often true for many British families: the oldest generation, the grandparents, are most likely to actively practise Christianity and then interest in faith diminishes with every subsequent generation. One senior Vatican official even described the Queen to the Observer as “the last Christian monarch” in Europe, let alone Britain.

But alarmism about the loosening bonds between the royals and the church can be overstated. Prince Charles, for instance, has been the most vocal advocate in public life for persecuted Christians overseas. As recently as Good Friday, the heir to the throne spoke of how the suffering of “Our Lord” made him consider again “those Christians who are suffering for their faith in many places around the world. I want to assure them that they are not forgotten and that they are in our prayers”.

His own website reports that the Prince is a “practising Anglican” who is “profoundly attached to the traditional rites of the Church of England and to the Book of Common Prayer”.

Pepinster said that she detected a growing engagement with Christianity in the Prince as his accession to the throne has drawn nearer, pointing in particular to a “reverent” Thought for the Day he delivered in 2016.

Church and monarchy also still have deep institutional ties and it is common for staff to move between Buckingham and Lambeth Palaces; most recently when Ailsa Anderson, the former press secretary to the Queen, became the Archbishop of Canterbury’s director of communications in 2013.

The current Archbishop has also developed a friendship with the royal family: as well as baptising both Prince George and Prince Charlotte, he held an intimate and private memorial service with Prince William and Prince Harry to mark the 20th anniversary of the death of their mother, Princess Diana.

Although tight-lipped about his conversations with the current royal soon to be newly-weds, Welby did tell ITV that Markle’s baptism and confirmation service was “beautiful, sincere and very moving” and a “great privilege”.

That service perhaps best sums up the state of play. Yes, the deep personal faith of the Queen may not be well-represented any more among her children and grandchildren, but the traditional and institutional ties remain strong. No, Harry and Markle are probably not going to go to church every Sunday, but they, and the emerging monarchy they represent, clearly still believe that Christian faith plays an inescapable role in their lives of service.

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Meghan Markle gets married on Suits in her final ever appearance as Rachel, three weeks before Prince Harry wedding — The Sun

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MEGHAN Markle made her final onscreen appearance in US TV drama Suits last night as her character Rachel Zane married lawyer Mike Ross. The 36-year-old actress’s appearance in a two-hour special comes three weeks ahead of her real-life wedding to Prince Harry. Megan Markle made her last appearance as Rachel Zane on Suits as she…

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The 36-year-old actress’s appearance in a two-hour special comes three weeks ahead of her real-life wedding to Prince Harry,
Viewers saw her paralegal character Rachel walk down the aisle in a stunning sleeveless beaded dress with black sash.

She told her fiance: “You’re the husband I always wanted. I can’t wait to begin our adventure together.”

The episode,  entitled Good-Bye, was the last of the seventh season of the legal drama which first aired in 2011.

Meghan, who was born in Los Angeles, announced shortly after Harry proposed that she would be leaving the USA Network series and her acting career.

Her on-screen wedding did not reach the heights of glamour as the one she will share with her prince at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle on May 19.

Instead, Rachel and Mike, played by Patrick J Adams, had a modest ceremony before both of the characters departed the show, which is shown on Netflix in the UK.
Suits creator Aaron Korsh said the scene was not the last the pair filmed together, but it was moving nonetheless.
He told Deadline: “I would say it was emotional. I remember having a really fun talk with Meghan as we were setting up to shoot the wedding and we were just wrapping up our time together.”

In her first joint interview with Harry back in November, Meghan confirmed she would close her acting career.

She said: “I don’t see it as giving anything up, I just see it as a change. It’s a new chapter.”

“I’ve been working on my show for seven years. We were very, very fortunate to have that sort of longevity on a series.

“I’ve ticked this box, and I feel very proud of the work I’ve done there, and now it’s time to work [with Harry] as a team.”