Channel Seven cashes in on Prince Harry mania by airing 2019 Lifetime movie

Channel Seven cashes in on Prince Harry mania by airing critically panned Lifetime movie about his love story with Meghan Markle

Channel Seven has capitalised on the publicity blitz surrounding Prince Harry‘s explosive new memoir by screening a made-for-TV movie about his love story with wife Meghan Markle.

The 2019 film Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal aired between 12pm and 2pm on Thursday, just days after Seven broadcast Harry’s interview with ITV’s Tom Bradby.

Becoming Royal is the second installment of the ‘Harry & Meghan’ Lifetime films, and continues the love story of the Sussexes during their first year of marriage. 

Channel Seven has capitalised on the publicity blitz surrounding Prince Harry's explosive new memoir by screening a made-for-TV movie about his love story with wife Meghan Markle. (Pictured: Charlie Field and Tiffany Smith in 2019's Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal)

Channel Seven has capitalised on the publicity blitz surrounding Prince Harry’s explosive new memoir by screening a made-for-TV movie about his love story with wife Meghan Markle. (Pictured: Charlie Field and Tiffany Smith in 2019’s Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal)

Its release came after the first movie in the trilogy, 2018’s Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance, and was followed by 2021’s Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace. 

Days earlier, Seven viewers had watched Harry’s sit-down with his good friend Bradby, which was recorded for ITV and syndicated around the world.

During the 90-minute interview promoting his new book, Harry sensationally accused his family of being ‘complicit’ in the ‘pain and suffering’ inflicted on his wife and compared them to ‘abusers’. 

The 2019 film Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal aired between 12pm and 2pm on Thursday, just days after Seven broadcast Harry's interview with ITV's Tom Bradby

The 2019 film Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal aired between 12pm and 2pm on Thursday, just days after Seven broadcast Harry’s interview with ITV’s Tom Bradby

Becoming Royal is the second installment of the 'Harry & Meghan' Lifetime films, and continues the love story of the Sussexes during their first year of marriage

Becoming Royal is the second installment of the ‘Harry & Meghan’ Lifetime films, and continues the love story of the Sussexes during their first year of marriage 

Its release came after the first movie in the trilogy, 2018's Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance, and was followed by 2021's Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace

Its release came after the first movie in the trilogy, 2018’s Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance, and was followed by 2021’s Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace

He suggested they helped to ‘trash’ his and Meghan’s reputations, forcing them to move to California, and have ‘shown no willingness to reconcile’.

While he accused his family of ‘getting in bed with the devil’, he conceded they were not racist, although he believes them guilty of ‘unconscious bias’.

Harry was not paid for the interview, which first aired in the UK on Sunday and saw him alternate between answering Bradby’s questions and reading sections from his memoir.

Days earlier, Seven viewers had watched Harry's sit-down with his good friend Tom Bradby (right), which was recorded for ITV and syndicated around the world

Days earlier, Seven viewers had watched Harry’s sit-down with his good friend Tom Bradby (right), which was recorded for ITV and syndicated around the world 

During the 90-minute interview promoting his new book, Harry sensationally accused his family of being 'complicit' in the 'suffering' inflicted on his wife and compared them to abusers

During the 90-minute interview promoting his new book, Harry sensationally accused his family of being ‘complicit’ in the ‘suffering’ inflicted on his wife and compared them to abusers

In a later interview with CBS’s Anderson Cooper in the U.S., Harry also had harsh words for Camilla, whom he accused of being a ‘villain’ who ‘needed to rehabilitate her image’ at the expense of his own reputation.

He added that she was ‘dangerous’ and leaking stories to the media in a bid to get the crown.

Neither the ITV or CBS interviews did particularly well in the TV ratings in Australia, drawing less than half the audience that watched Harry and Meghan’s tell-all with Oprah Winfrey back in March 2021.

Harry was not paid for the ITV interview, which first aired in the UK on Sunday and saw him alternate between answering Bradby's questions and reading sections from his memoir Spare

Harry was not paid for the ITV interview, which first aired in the UK on Sunday and saw him alternate between answering Bradby’s questions and reading sections from his memoir Spare 

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