National Geographic is jumping on the royal wedding train with a pair of documentaries looking at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s nuptials.
The factual broadcaster has ordered Operation Royal Wedding and Prince Harry’s Story: Four Royal Weddings from British producer Spun Gold. This comes after the UK firm scored a similarly royal-themed special for Fox.
Prince Harry’s Story: Four Royal Weddings charts Harry’s journey from a childhood touched by grief, through active service as a soldier in Afghanistan and his international charity work, to his upcoming wedding, through the prism of the most important turning points in his life. The one-hour special focuses on the marriages of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales; Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge; and Prince Harry’s own upcoming wedding to Meghan Markle. The show, which is distributed by All3Media International, was commissioned by Nat Geo’s president of original programming and production Tim Pastore and is exec produced by Juliet Rice Christine Weber and Michelle Bagliebter. It will air on May 10.
Meanwhile, Operation Royal Wedding will look at how the royals pull off the biggest event of the year, casting a light on the unsung heroes who ensure every detail of the modern-day fairy-tale wedding is perfect. The doc will air on May 23, days after the May 19 wedding. It will feature interviews with the likes of pageantmaster and organizer Dominic Reid, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and a slew of others. It was commissioned by Nat Geo’s executive vice president of programming and development Hamish Mykura and is exec produced by Nick Bullen, Gary Broadhurst and Bernadette McDaid.