As royal fever hits our TV screens, we have rounded up the best of the royal-themed TV shows ahead of Harry and Meghan’s big day tomorrow.
If you are a Freeview Play viewer, and a hardcore Royal Wedding fan, you can also head over to Channel 100 to peruse our dedicated ‘Royal Wedding’ section.
A Very Royal Wedding
Alexander Armstrong looks back at The Queen and Prince Philip’s wedding day in November 1947, in celebration of their 70th anniversary. The day, which set the trend for future royal weddings, sent the country into a frenzy and brought new hope to a battered post-war Britain. The documentary includes contributions from Joan Collins and Sheila Hancock, who share their memories of the day, as well as The Queen’s private home movie footage – turns out Prince Philip was a bit of a looker!
When Harry Met Meghan: A Royal Romance
Learn more about how Hollywood starlet Meghan Markle met Prince Harry, the world’s most eligible bachelor. This documentary tells the incredible story of Meghan’s ancestors, as well as highlighting her credentials as a thoroughly modern princess. It’s so detailed it even looks at Meghan’s relationship with the Royal corgis!
Prince Harry In Africa
Following in the footsteps of his mother, Prince Harry has always been devoted to his charitable work. This documentary follows the prince as he returns to the African kingdom of Lesotho to continue the work of Sentebale, the charity he started a decade ago.
The Windsors Royal Wedding Special
The hit comedy The Windsors provides their hilarious take on the royal wedding. In this episode, Harry and Meghan take Charles on an adventure to America – to meet Meghan’s mum Doria. We like to think this is this is completely true.
Meghan Markle: the first 100 days
The big day hasn’t arrived yet, and Meghan’s already shaken up the royal family. Starting from the engagement announcement, we see how Meghan’s coping with the transition to royal life, as well as the ‘Meghan effect’, which has encouraged a new generation to engage with the royals and led to some calling her the new ‘People’s Princess’.
Meghan and Harry: In Their Own Words
By bringing together speeches, interviews, and social media posts, this show gives us a glimpse into their unlikely love affair. In so many ways, their lives couldn’t be further apart. However, this footage also reveals what they have in common, including their desire to make a difference.
The Big Day
Saturday 19 May
Coverage of the big day starts from 9am on BBC One and 9:25am on ITV. If that’s just a bit too early for you, then highlights of the day’s celebrations will be shown from 7pm on BBC Two.