A new film depicting the early days Prince William and Kate Middleton’s romance is being rushed out for television viewers.
William & Kate: A Royal Love Story, said to be a mixture of fact and fiction, is expected to be released in August on the Hallmark Channel.
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The film is being made in Romania by American director Linda Yellen who was also the producer of CBS’s The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana in 1982.
She said William & Kate is more than a romance. It’s also “a psychological story of the memory of the mother, in this case Princess Diana, and her legacy”.
The film shows how William “has to choose to live his life with her memory and with the decisions he has to make,” including the crucial decision of whom to marry.
The real life couple tied the knot on April 29 in a lavish ceremony at Westminster Abbey watched by 300 million people around the world. Filming for the movie began days later.
Yellen, who met Princess Diana three times, described the film as “a very personal story. In a way, it’s my tribute to her as well as a tribute to the young couple”.
She wrote the script in two weeks, after she saw William had given Diana’s ring to Middleton. “The whole story came to me in that moment,” she said.
The film is based on real events but it also features imaginary dialogues and situations.
One such scene depicts William’s 21st birthday party, with Kate and William dancing together as the Queen, played by Jane Alexander, looks on.
British actress Alice St Clair, who plays Kate, said the film – her first – is a series of snapshots of the relationship.
She said it shows how William is attracted to Kate, with whom he shares a sense of humour, because she challenges him and is very competitive.
American actor Dan Amboyer, who plays William, called the film “a modern fairy tale”.
The actor, who made his debut in the Law & Order series, said: “The script is smart, is fun, there is real wit between them. It’s not at all schmaltzy”.