03/10/2011

A peek at William & Kate film

People magazine has published a photo from the upcoming TV movie William & Kate, starring Nico Evers-Swindell as Prince William and Camilla Luddington at Kate Middleton.

As we noted a while back, the film will be aired April 18 at 9 p.m. on TLC April 24 at 8 p.m. on Slice (if you're in Canada). 

People also has a page of the script on its site. Here is an example of one exchange:

Kate: You've very popular.

William: It's not me they like, it's the idea of me they like.

The Daily Mail recently posted some photos comparing Kate Middleton and Luddington. 

Kate_film

(The real Kate is on the left.) 

The casting looks good so far.

Kate doll

Speaking of Kate, the Franklin Mint is set to cash in on the Royal nuptials. Their 'limited edition' Kate doll can be pre-ordered now for $195 U.S. (or three easy payments of $65). 

The Kate-in-wedding-dress doll is coming soon, presumably after we learn exactly what her wedding dress looks like. (That one will set you back $295.)

The Franklin Mint has had a rocky relationship with the Royal Family. More than a decade ago, the mint was embroiled in a legal battle with the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund over a Diana doll it produced.

The mint won a series of legal decisions and eventually settled with the Diana fund.

The legal battled proved very costly to the Diana fund, which froze its charitable donations for more than a year as a result. According to a BBC story:

As part of the court settlement, the fund has pledged £14m towards grants over a five-year period, which have been jointly agreed with the Franklin Mint.

It's a safe bet that no legal battle over the Kate dolls will be forthcoming. 

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