Newspaper article The Canadian Press

'Harry & Meghan' Star Says the World Needed Their 'Story at This Point in Time'

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

'Harry & Meghan' Star Says the World Needed Their 'Story at This Point in Time'

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'Harry & Meghan' stars discuss their royal roles

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TORONTO - For Murray Fraser, nailing the role of Prince Harry for a Canadian-shot TV movie about him and Meghan Markle came down to one thing.

"Dyeing my hair ginger," the brunette Scottish star said in a recent phone interview.

"Looking in the mirror every day at my ginger hair was enough. The hair was not too bad (to maintain) but it was the beard that kept having to get dyed ... every few days, pretty much."

Tedious tasks aside, Fraser and co-star Parisa Fitz-Henley were excited to delve into the serious side of the engaged duo for Lifetime's "Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance," which makes its Canadian debut Saturday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on W Network -- the same day as the actual wedding.

A trailer for the movie shows the two discussing the "trolls and death threats" that Markle faced over the fact that she's American, divorced and biracial.

"It was a hopeful script and it dealt with reality -- and that meant a lot to me," said Fitz-Henley, a native of Jamaica who plays Reva Connors on Netflix's "Luke Cage" and "Jessica Jones."

"The producers and writers and director have all spoken about feeling like the world needed Harry and Meghan's real-life story at this point in time, and that also people could really potentially benefit from this portrayal of their lives as well.

"They really wanted to focus on the warmth, the togetherness and the resilience through the challenges they had to face."

Laura Mitchell of Vancouver plays Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, in the movie. Shooting mostly took place in Vancouver, which stood in for England and Toronto. Simi Valley, Calif., was the backdrop for Botswana, where their romance blossomed.

Fraser said the story looks at the background of Harry and Markle and features their families -- including their parents and the Queen.

Fitz-Henley said co-writer Scarlett Lacey was determined to get the details right, given her father is a historical adviser on the series "The Crown. …

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