Kathryn Drysdale to Play Meghan Markle in Channel 4’s The Windsors Royal Wedding Special

Channel 4 invites you to THE wedding of the year (no, not that one…)

Clarence House has today confirmed that The Windsors have once again agreed to open the palace doors, and pull back the curtain, for a candid, behind-the-scenes documentary series revealing the preparations for the biggest wedding of the year… *

In fact, Channel 4’s satirical comedy soap opera lampooning the lives of the royal family returns to celebrate the royal event of the year in The Windsors Wedding Special (w/t) This one-off special will see our Harry (Richard Goulding) excited about his impending marriage to Meghan (Kathryn Drysdale).

Drysdale is known from playing series lead Louise Brooks for 8 seasons of the popular sitcom, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps. Her film roles include Taylor in St Trinians (2207) and as mixed race heiress Rhoda Swartz in period film Vanity Fair (2004). She also starred in Australian series Tripping Over, and another cult British series, Benidorm. More recently she was on stage with the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production The Ruling Class. Drysdale is a voice actress as well, lending her tones to children’s animations Bottersnikes and Gumbles and Dennis and Gnasher: Unleashed.

This special episode follows our party prince as he gets ready to prepare the best stag party ever while the blushing bride has other ideas about what makes a great bachelor party. Harry and Meghan decide to take Charles (Harry Enfield) to America to meet Doria – Meghan’s down-to-earth all-American mum. She doesn’t have enough spare rooms for his staff, which makes life very difficult for Charles… and her.

Meanwhile back in London Wills (Hugh Skinner) and Kate (Louise Ford) are struggling to cope with the arrival of their latest child. Elsewhere, Eugenie (Celeste Dring) is engaged to be married, leaving Beatrice (Ellie White) feeling lonely and worried about not having a plus one for the wedding when a hunky political firebrand comes along to sweep her off her feet.

Meanwhile, Aunty Anne (Vicki Pepperdine) is on hand to help with Eugenie’s wedding planning and, unsure whether she’s going to get an invite to Harry and Meghan’s special day or not, our Fergie (Katy Wix) needs to find a way to get into the reception. Scheming Pippa (Morgana Robinson) is determined not to let this big day go without a bit of a hitch.

Fiona McDermott, Head of Comedy at Channel 4 commented: “I am thrilled to have The Windsors back on Channel 4 for a royal wedding special and can’t wait to see what Meghan’s dress looks like, if Fergie is invited and most importantly what fascinators Beatrice and Eugenie will be wearing!”

Executive producers for Noho Film and TV, Robert Wulff-Cochrane and Camilla Campbell said: “We’re delighted to be able to show what really goes on behind-the-scenes on Harry and Meghan’s big day, with the same trials and tribulations of any wedding as two disparate families come together, except this one also has a gold carriage and some state-funded security.”

Writers Bert Tyler-Moore and George Jeffrie added: “Introducing a new character to a show is always tricky but then we read a couple of Meghan’s interviews and realised, ‘blimey this woman’s an absolute gift’.”

The Windsors is made by Noho Film and TV, executive produced by Camilla Campbell and Robert Wulff-Cochrane, directed by Adam Miller, produced by Imogen Cooper and written by Bert Tyler-Moore and George Jeffrie.

The show is commissioned by Fiona McDermott, Head of Comedy at Channel 4 and Tanya Qureshi Commissioning Executive for Channel 4 Comedy.

*Once again, this is a complete lie


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