So… are you ready for Meghan Markle: The Musical?
There’s nothing quite like a toe-tapping musical to inspire the mind and revitalise the soul (as anyone who has seen Hamilton will tell you), so it makes sense that the BBC has decided to air an extra-special one on New Year’s Day.
What’s slightly more of a curveball, though, is the subject of this musical: Meghan Markle.
That’s right: Meghan – or, to use her more formal title, the Duchess of Sussex – is the inspiration behind BBC Radio 4’s upcoming 15-minute musical, which is due to air on 1 January 2019.
As reported by The Telegraph, the short musical will be a “Rodgers and Hammerstein-inspired” comedy, entitled The Sixth In Line To Be the King and I (which is, obviously, a pun on the classic musical about real-life governess to the royal children of Siam, Anna Leonowens). And, in just 15 minutes, the “inspiring” musical will run through Meghan’s life up until her royal wedding to Prince Harry, before looking “ahead to what promises to be an exciting 2019 for the happy royal couple as they expect their first child in the spring”.
The musical – which comes as comes as Meghan steps up her preparation for the first full year of her life as a royal – will see comedian Pippa Evans take on the role of the Duchess, as well as Dave Lamb, and Richie Webb.
It is also worth noting that the script comes from the very same people who brought us such hits as Jeremy Corbyn Superstar! and Cabarexit, which saw them “turn the EU referendum into a sexy, sassy, sensationalised, sublime sounding musical”.
While Kensington Palace were not consulted on the contents of the musical, we don’t doubt that the BBC will have a lot of material to sift through to create the show. After all, since her star-studded wedding to Prince Harry, we have seen Meghan speak out in support of Ireland’s abortion referendum , don black as part of the Time’s Up movement, work alongside the women who were affected by the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy, and vow to never stop fighting for “social justice and women’s empowerment”.
Throw in her recent 16-day tour around New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, and the Kingdom of Tonga – during which she championed women’s suffrage, not to mention spoke Māori and reconnected with a young fan whom she helped through a difficult period of ill mental health and you have all the material you need for a rousing musical, in our opinion.