The broadcaster has ordered Meghan Markle: An American Princess from British production company Spun Gold, which specializes in royal documentaries including The Royal House of Windsor, The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration and When Ant & Dec Met The Prince. The British indie is producing in association with Sky-backed U.S./UK firm Znak & Co.
The doc will air on May 11 ahead of the Royal wedding, which will take place at St George’s Chapel in Windsor on May 19. It will feature interviews with the likes of Markle’s half-sister, journalist and friend of Donald Trump Piers Morgan and Paul Burrell, who was previously butler to Princess Diana and her sons. It was commissioned by Brit Rob Wade, who is president of alternative entertainment and specials at Fox and is exec produced by Bridget Boseley, Eamon Hardy and Natalka Znak. Fox Networks Group Content Distribution holds international rights.
“Since the early days of the British monarchy, right up to the present, the royal family has captivated the minds and imaginations of people across the globe,” said Wade. “With Meghan Markle on the cusp of becoming a real princess, joining the likes of Princess Kate and the late Princess Diana, this special will give viewers a unique look and insight into her journey, from her upbringing in Southern California to her wedding to Prince Harry in Windsor Castle.”
Daniela Neumann, MD of Spun Gold said: “American Princess will provide viewers with the definitive, inside story of the most talked about wedding of the year, packed with exclusive insights into how Meghan and the world’s most famous family will change each other’s lives, from friends, family and royal experts and insiders.
“We are thrilled to be expanding Spun Gold into the US with such a major, high profile commission from Fox. With more shows in production and development for US broadcasters alongside our expanding UK slate, 2018 looks like being a year of significant opportunity and growth for the company.”