Lifetime Movie Slammed By Viewers For Depicting Meghan Markle Dying In A Car Crash Like Princess Diana
New clips from Lifetime's movie Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace has some viewers absolutely outraged.
While the flick centers on what led up to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's decision to leave the royal family, it's been revealed that the opening sequence depicts the Duchess of Sussex dying in a car crash — which is exactly how Princess Diana died in 1997.
The scene shows Harry (played by Jordan Dean) running through a crowd of onlookers and paparazzi to open the door of the mangled vehicle, where his wife (Sydney Morton) lays injured and gasping for help.
Viewers then learn that it was just a nightmare the father-of-two was having — but the moment didn't sit well with the royal family's admirers.
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"This is SICK," wrote one commenter, while another declared that the scene was "tasteless and abhorrent."
"Who in his right mind using what happened to this mother in real life, for a nightmare scene for his wife," questioned another social media account. "Nasty."
The Sussexes weren't involved in the flick, which "will detail Meghan’s growing isolation and sadness, their disappointment that 'The Firm' was not defending them against the press’s attacks and Harry’s fear that history would repeat itself, [meaning] he would not be able to protect his wife and son from the same forces that may have contributed to his mother’s untimely death."
Morton recently revealed that to perfect Meghan's mannerisms and voice, she studied her interviews and scenes from the law drama Suits.
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"I would just listen to them on repeat," the actress told Entertainment Tonight. "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."
The star also shared that she and the Duchess of Sussex have some mutual connections, so she went the extra mile to give the role her very best.
"I am about one degree of separation from [Meghan]. So I'm thinking it's an inevitability that I'm going to cross paths with her at some point. So that's also on our minds too. These are our contemporaries. They're our same age," she noted. "I want to make sure that I do something that I can look her in the eye after and say, 'I hope you're happy with it.'"
Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace airs on September 6 at 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime.