They’re a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde, with a very lavish wedding at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
But as weeks pass before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding, some commentators have begun to wonder if the couple would make a more ideal fit for the fictional Italian crime duo Harry (Ronald Fuest) and Jessica Fletcher (Amy Irving) of the TV crime drama “Cagney and Lacey” than that pair of unarmed bandits for whom Harry has famously modelled himself.
“Pairing a ringed-and-unarmed Harry with a beautiful, tough, but not so plain Catherine — who, unlike Catherine, apparently loves clothes (and shoes!)— could really stir up an audience,” The Independent wrote in an article.
The report didn’t go into much detail, but it is true that Prince Harry has been a longtime fan of the TV show. The wild-haired Markle, an American, has also been a big fan of British television, having interviewed BBC presenter Jeremy Vine on the day of Prince George’s first birthday.
The Royal Family has been a fan of the show as well. During a BBC interview with Queen Elizabeth II in 2014, the monarch said she didn’t watch the crime series, joking: “No, there’s some things I don’t watch.” She did, however, name the show’s biggest criminal, describing Humphrey Bogart’s Frank Costello as “always on the run.”
Ben de Pear, the show’s creator, tells The Post that even she is not yet aware of the possibility that Prince Harry and Ms. Markle could be cast in the show. But, she says, “they’re definitely one to watch.”
It’s unclear if the Queen might have a soft spot for the potential duo. In 2007, after Harry confessed that he had hit his head in a drunken incident while on military training in Colorado, she used a rare public appearance to remind him of the sacrifice his grandmother had made for Britain.
“In 1939, the Queen Mother asked you to study the subjects that you were about to train to do,” she said. “You were three, I think. Will you promise to learn them, please?”
In other words, she said, “he had to go on a course, don’t put me through that again.”
That may not have been enough to save Harry from drawing a strong contrast with his grandmother during his address at graduation.
“This is also my challenge — to follow in her footsteps,” he said. “After all, she has spent her whole life trying to help others, whether it was righting a wrong, fighting injustice or fighting for others to be treated equally.”
As De Pear says, Harry has “loved the show ever since he saw it on television,” noting that it would be great for the Royal Family to help him to “pass on the name-dropping to me.”