Outrage over film depicting Meghan Markle in car crash: 'Distasteful'

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Royal fans have been left disgusted over a scene depicting Meghan Markle in a car crash in a new Lifetime movie.

Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace is set to air on September 6th in the US and in scenes seen by the Daily Mail, Prince Harry’s character (played by Jordan Dean) is shown having a nightmare about Meghan Markle’s character (played by Sydney Morton) being involved in a car accident.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's character in Lifetime movie
A new Lifetime movie depicting Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's departure from the royal family has caused outrage. Photo: Lifetime

Prince Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, died in a car accident in 1997, when she was just 36-years-old.

The Duke of Sussex has spoken out about the trauma he has suffered after his mother’s death, saying in a BBC documentary: "I think one of the hardest things to come to terms with is the fact that the people that chased her into the tunnel were the same people that were taking photographs of her while she was still dying in the backseat of the car. And William and I know that. We've been told that numerous times by people that know that that was the case."

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He continued, "She'd had a quite severe head injury, but she was very much still alive in the backseat and those people that, that caused the accident, instead of helping, were taking photographs of her dying in the backseat, and those photographs may have made their way back to news desks in this country.”

No, in the Lifetime movie about the pair’s departure from the royal family after the birth of their son Archie, Meghan Markle’s character is seen in an overturned car pleading with Prince Harry’s character to help her.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the polo
Prince Harry's mother, Princess Diana, died in a car accident in 1997. Photo: Getty Images

“This is very distasteful,” one person wrote online.

“The lowest of the low. When will they all stop cashing in on Princess Diana. Let her RIP for goodness sake,” another person wrote.

"Lifetime is so disgusting for them biopics…Escaping the Palace has Meghan dying the same way as Princess Diana for what? Who thought this appropriate?” a fan wrote.

Sydney Morton, who plays Meghan Markle in the film, says she studied bloopers from Suits so she could perfect the duchess’ accent.

"I had, like, 30 voice memos that I'd recorded from interviews and scenes of Meghan's from her show [Suits]. And I would just listen to them on repeat," she told ET.

"I'm a musician, I'm a singer, so it was almost like learning a song to find where her voice sits and the cadence, the rhythm of it. So, a lot of repetition, a lot of listening.

"Even bloopers because there's so little footage of Harry and Meghan being relaxed and not knowing there's attention on them.

"So I wanted to find moments where she's laughing or being herself or cracking a joke, so the blooper reels were really helpful."

The film also covers Harry and Meghan’s now famous interview with Oprah Winfrey after their departure from the royal family.

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