How to fill the time until Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding on May 19.
Got a bad case of Royal Wedding Fever? (Us too, friends.) These are the binge-worthy podcasts, books (bios, fiction and colouring) and one Lifetime movie you need in your life to tide you over until The Big Day...and keep you company once all the fun has died down post-May 19.
On Heir is a gossip-y, insider-y podcast hosted by British newspaper The Sun’s royal correspondent Emily Andrews and royal expert Omid Scobie. It’s packed full of on-the-ground details that you would only know as a member of the press pack. A favourite recent detail? Kate Middleton entered St Mary’s Hospital to give birth to Prince Louis via a secret tunnel.
Another option for royal podcast listening, Pod Save the Queen is once again hosted by journalists, this time Victoria Murphy and Ann Gripper from The Mirror newspaper. They often answer listener questions via social media so it’s a great place to get your personal Q handled (i.e. is Kate a princess or a duchess or both?!) Their most recent episode features some fun personal recollections about their experiences covering Will and Kate’s wedding seven(!!!) years ago.
"Harry and Meghan: A Love Story Colouring Book," $13.50, amazon.ca.
How about a little meditative colouring while you take in all of those podcast eps? Illustrated by Teresa Goodridge, Harry and Meghan: A Love Story Colouring Book features 30 images charting the couple’s romance. BYO crayons.
"Royals" by Rachel Hawkins, $24, amazon.ca.
There are two great, juicy bios of Meghan and Harry out at the moment (Harry: Love, Life and Loss by Katie Nicholl and Meghan: A Hollywood Princess by Andrew Morton ) but how about a bit of fiction? Royals by Rachel Hawkins isn't at all based on Harry and Meg’s story, but this is a fun romp about a teenager whose older sister gets engaged to The Crown Prince of Scotland.
Somewhere between non-fiction and pure fantasy comes Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance — the hotly anticipated Lifetime movie. According to reports, the Palace is actually quite concerned about the film because it features a sex scene (gasp) between the prince and his American actress amour. You know we’ll be tuning in when it premieres May 15.