It’s much easier to laugh at the idea of Lifetime’s Harry and Meghan movies than it is to laugh at them, as long as you’re willing to give them a fair shake. This is certainly the case with “Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace,” the third film in the network’s dramatized depictions of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s life and romance, and the one most likely to entice viewers who dismissed the previous installments.

The reason for this is obvious, and it is based on the event in which the film concludes–the famous Oprah interview.

As with all of the scenes before it, director Menhaj Huda and his stars Sydney Morton and Jordan Dean recreate this and other familiar moments with great restraint. Throughout the film, it’s clear that everyone involved is concerned with doing right by their title subjects, as if they’re aware that the real Harry and Meghan might watch and are hoping the royals don’t cringe too much.

William and Kate, on the other hand, are free to lodge their grievances through the proper channels.

Remember that when the film begins, shockingly, with the scene of a familiar car wreck being captured by paparazzi clicking away – except it’s Meghan trapped within, not Diana Spencer. Naturally, this isn’t true – but it sets the tone for the living nightmare Harry (Dean) and Meghan (Morton) face from the moment Archie is born until the end of time.

The Sussexes are already in trouble emotionally when Scarlett Lacey’s script begins. The press is racist and unyielding, and despite Harry’s pleas, William (a scheming Jordan Whalen) refuses to defend his brother’s wife.

Our familiarity with the chronological breakdown of the Sussexes conscious decoupling from the rest of the Windsors necessitates more than a little dramatic license on the part of Lacey and Huda. The script deals directly with the tabloid attacks and the behind-the-scenes machinations to discredit Meghan. Flashbacks are used extensively, including a recreation of one of Meghan’s memorable breakdowns, which she tells Oprah about.

In general, they’re used to show Princess Diana (Bonnie Soper) in psychologically harrowing moments that parallel Meghan’s. Diana appears frequently throughout, evoking Harry’s fears of history and lending legitimacy to Meghan’s emotional plight.

Nonetheless, the oddity of “Harry & Meghan: Escape from the Palace” follows it like a wedding gown train. This is not due to the actors, who do an admirable job of delivering some truly terrible dialogue with straight faces. The lion’s share goes to Keegan Connor Tracy, who plays The Firm’s palace villain, Victoria, to the letter.

In a movie series where the title roles have been replaced every time, it’s become difficult to distinguish each film’s efforts to create pomp from camp. In previous films, Meghan was played by Parisa Fitz-Henley and Tiffany Marie Smith, while Prince Harry was played by Murray Fraser and Charlie Field. The advantage of never casting the same people twice, aside from allowing the actors to eventually conceal this on their filmographies, is that the audience can treat them as distinct and separate stories.

The disadvantage is that each new iteration of Harry and Meghan appears to be modeling some Party City costume version of the previous occupant of the role.

This is not to say Dean and Morton are unsuitable for their roles, though a long-lost Dean looks like a long-lost Weasley brother when he isn’t dressed in Harry’s military uniform. It’s just a quirk that the film never quite gets over.

It’s not that it matters; if you’re going to watch “Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace,” you’re in for every bit of intrigue woven into its presentation. Even if you happen to stumble into it headfirst, you might be surprised at how easy it is to set aside your cynicism for 88 minutes or so and enjoy the efforts to place a tiara on a story with an ending that isn’t necessarily happy but registers as satisfyingly resolute.