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Everything You Need to Watch to Be a Royal Wedding Expert

From Lifetime films to Princess Diana specials, get to know the Windsors

Megan Vick

There's less than a week until the royal wedding between HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. We are sure that you've seen their pictures everywhere and maybe heard a news report or two about how the couple are shirking tradition in more than a couple of ways for their big ceremony, but how much do you know about the royal newlyweds?

There's so much tradition and history that goes into a royal wedding -- and thus there's a lot of television explaining those details and breaking down each news development going into the ceremony. If you want to be a royal wedding expert before Harry and Meghan walk down the aisle on May 19, we've compiled all the specials, biopics and TV shows you should check out to feel like a royal wedding historian.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

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E! News with Melanie Bromley, (E!) -- 7 p.m. Monday, May 14 - Friday, May 18
Royal expert Melanie Bromley will be covering the royal wedding on the ground in the UK all week, following along as the country prepares for the nuptials of the year. Here's where to get all your lead-up scoop about what fashion to expect, the guest list and what to expect from the ceremony itself.

Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance, (Lifetime) -- 8 p.m. Monday, May 14, Tuesday, May 15,
If you missed the original airing of Lifetime's biopic on Sunday, May 13, don't worry because the network is airing it multiple times leading up to the official wedding. Honestly, it's like getting to watch the festivities twice, but with an inside look at how this romance came to be.

Suits Says Goodbye to Mike and Rachel with a Fairy Tale Wedding

Royal Wedding Watch, (PBS) -- 10 p.m. Monday May 14 - Friday, May 18
Want your royal gossip with the polish of a PBS documentary? The Public Broadcasting Service will be airing a five-part special leading up to the wedding, with each part examining a specific part of Harry and Meghan's romance or the ceremony. This is for the history buffs fascinated by the politics of royal marriages.

William & Kate, (Lifetime) -- 10 p.m. Tuesday, May 15
Why stop at Meghan and Harry's romance? Lifetime will also be showing an encore presentation of the William & Kate film made about Harry's older brother. This one stars Grey's Anatomy's Camilla Luddington as the Duchess!

Harry & Meghan: A Very Modern Romance, (BBC America) -- 10 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, 9 p.m. & 11:35 p.m., Friday May 18
It's 2018, but in the eyes of the royal family, one of their princes marrying an American divorcee is still considered scandalous by some. The acceptance of Harry and Meghan's romance is a progressive step for the crown and BBC America's special will examine the social politics that set up this interesting pair and the potential drama it caused behind the scenes.

Check Out Lifetime's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Lookalikes for TV Movie

The Royal Wedding: Charles and Diana, (BBC America) -- 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 11 p.m., Wednesday May 16
The marriage of Lady Diana Spencer to HRH Prince Charles is considered one of the most beloved pop culture moments of the last 50 years. The dress is iconic. A million people lined the streets of London to watch the royal parade. You can relive the glory with BBC America's multiple showings of their Charles and Diana wedding special.

Inside the Royal Wedding: Harry & Meghan, (NBC) -- 10 p.m. Wednesday, May 16
If a news breakdown is your thing, check out NBC's special report on Wednesday with interviews with close friends of the couple and insiders from the world of Hollywood and fashion to break down what royal wedding viewers will be seeing on the couple's big day.

Prince William and Prince Harry: Into the Future, (BBC America) -- 5:30 p.m. , Thursday, May 17
A lot of talk has been made about how Harry and Meghan are making their own traditions and creating their own rules when it comes to their royal wedding. That rebellious streak didn't start with their engagement. BBC America's special explores Prince Harry and his brother Prince William's attempts to make the crown more progressive and fitting for the modern era in their roles as young princes.

The Royal Wedding of 2011: Prince William and Catherine Middleton, (BBC America) -- 9 p.m. Thursday, May 17
OK, maybe you want a more modern example of what to expect from Harry and Meghan's wedding. BBC America is revisiting Harry's older brother's William's big day with Kate Middleton, including commentary from guests that played a big role in the day! This is the perfect warmup for the royal wedding on Saturday.

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Suits Season 7 finale: "Good Bye" (USA)
The royal wedding wasn't the only nuptials that Meghan Markle was a part of this year. The former actress said goodbye to her longterm role as Rachel Zane on the USA drama Suitslast month. In her final episode, Rachel married the love of her life Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams). Fans can get a warm up for the royal wedding by watching Rachel walk down the aisle in this special episode.

The Crown series premiere: "Wolferton Splace" (Netflix)
Move over Harry, William and Prince Charles. The royal family matriarch Queen Elizabeth also knew how to throw a big wedding. The first episode of Netflix's The Crown kicks off with Elizabeth's (Claire Foy) wedding to Prince Philip (Matt Smith) in 1947. Back then, the A-list guests included the likes of Winston Churchill. Talk about interesting dinner conversation, eh?