KEY POINTS

  • Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's new movie on Lifetime made Prince William the villain
  • Several Twitter users slammed the film and wished the royal family would take legal action 
  • Some netizens enjoyed it while many were concerned that others might view it as nonfiction

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Lifetime movie received an intense backlash on Twitter.

Lifetime's "Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace," which is about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, premiered on Labor Day. However, many were not happy with the way it portrayed Prince William.

In the promotional materials obtained by Daily Mail, Prince Harry (Jordan Dean) and Prince William (Jordan Whalen) seem to be arguing in the Kensington Palace garden. In the on-screen bust-up, an angry Prince Harry is lecturing Prince William to speak up against racism.

"What causes problems isn't color, it's culture. Meghan an American. She acts more like a celebrity than a Royal," Prince William tells Prince Harry in the TV film.

"You need to bloody well make a statement with me decrying racism. As future King, you need to push on this horrific bullying," the latter replies.

Twitter users did not like the way the Duke of Cambridge was portrayed in the film. Some of them even wished the royal family would take legal action against the network.

"The Royal family should take legal action to counteract all this slander," one commented.

"Wow, that’s an outright LIE. William is being made A villain, not THE villain, though, because clearly, this movie has its daggers out for Charles as well. This is slanderous," another added.

"A disgrace. Engineered to undermine William. Can the RF sue for defamation?" a third user stated.

Meanwhile, the Sussexes' fans seemed to be loving the film. Many of them just laughed off Prince Harry and Markle's critics.

"Oooh popcorn, I’m watching 'Harry and Meghan Escaping the Palace.' Lifetime has been paying attention. The deranged Meghan Haters are loosing their s--t," one wrote with laughing emoji.

"I know one thing this 'Harry and Meghan Escaping The Palace' movie is so good so far, but it's pissing me off quite frankly," another fan wrote sympathizing with the Sussexes in the film. "@lifetimetv this Harry and Meghan: Escaping the Palace is soooo good and we’re just 30 minutes in," a third added.

Others expressed concern over the film because it is just fiction, but some might believe the things they see in it.

"What is really scary is that there are people who are going to take Meghan & Harry Escaping the Palace as fact," one wrote.

"Even though it's fictional, sadly it's not gonna stop the sugars from believing every bit of it. Even more abuse awaiting the RF I fear," another added.

"They will be referring to it as the 'documentary' soon, just like 'The Crown,'" a third added.

"Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace" is a work of fiction inspired by the Sussexes' life. It's the third installment in the "Harry & Meghan" series from Lifetime, Town & Country reported.

The first film, "Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance," featured Parisa Fitz-Henley as Markle and Murray Fraser as Prince Harry. It focused on how they met and the early days of their relationship.

The second installment, "Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal," featured Charlie Field and Tiffany Marie Smith as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, respectively. The movie highlighted their first year of marriage.

The third installment focused on Prince Harry and Markle's decision to step down from their royal duties and settle in Los Angeles.

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan shocked their family by stepping back, moving to the US and giving a bombshell interview to Oprah
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan shocked their family by stepping back, moving to the US and giving a bombshell interview to Oprah AFP / Ben STANSALL
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