Prince William Shown Dismissing Racism in Prince Harry, Meghan Markle Lifetime Movie

Prince William is depicted in a new Lifetime movie saying Meghan Markle's "culture" as an American celebrity is more of a problem than race.

Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace tackles the dramatic racism allegations at the heart of Meghan and Harry's Oprah Winfrey interview, but shows the Duke of Cambridge dismissing the issue.

The third installment of the network's Harry and Meghan franchise shows the couple quitting their duties after experiencing racism in Britain.

In one conversation, Harry asks William to speak out against racism during an exchange in the gardens at Kensington Palace.

Actor Jordan Whalen is shown as Prince William saying: "What causes problems isn't color, it's culture. Meghan's an American. She acts more like a celebrity than a royal."

Prince Harry, played by Jordan Dean, says: "You need to bloody well make a statement with me decrying racism. As future king, you need to push on this horrific bullying."

William's character adds: "For the last time I agree diversity in the family is a good thing."

While fictional, the argument strikes to the heart of some of the biggest issues in the breakdown of Harry and Meghan's relationship with the royals.

In May, the real Prince Harry accused his family of "total neglect" over his pleas for help dealing with the media.

The Duke of Sussex said in his Apple TV documentary The Me You Can't See: "It went to a whole new depth with not just traditional media but also social media platforms as well. I felt completely helpless.

"I thought my family would help but every single ask, request, warning, whatever it is, got met with total silence or total neglect.

"We spent four years trying to make it work. We did everything that we possibly could to stay there and carry on doing the role and doing the job, but Meghan was struggling."

The interview came out the same month that Lifetime began filming Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace in Vancouver, Canada.

And Harry told Oprah Winfrey in March: "Over 70 Members of Parliament, female Members of Parliament, both Conservative and Labour—came out and called out the colonial undertones of articles and headlines written about Meghan.

"Yet no one from my family ever said anything over those three years. And that hurts. But I also am acutely aware of where my family stand and how scared they are of the tabloids turning on them."

Dean, who plays Harry, told Newsweek in an earlier interview: "There's a responsibility you have to play a public figure, obviously in the spotlight since he was a young boy.

"I felt that responsibility again not trying to do an impersonation or a parody of him but again to try to find the essence of him as a character and try to find an emotional truth in the words.

"We speak some of the actual words they've said in interviews and films. There's a little pressure to that, but in a good way."

The movie premieres on Lifetime on Monday at 8 p.m. after a marathon triple showing of the two earlier Harry & Meghan films and the network's separate William and Kate film.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Lifetime
Prince Harry, played by Jordan Dean, and Meghan Markle, played by Sydney Morton, in Lifetime movie "Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace" which premieres tonight, September 6. They are wearing replica clothes of the couple's real life outfits from a March 2020 visit to Westminster Abbey in London. Lifetime