On the set of Lifetime's "William & Kate"

It took nine years for Prince William to propose to Kate Middleton, but Lifetime has managed to shoot their love story in just 19 days. "William & Kate," starring Nico Evers-Swindell as Prince William and actress Camilla Luddington as Kate Middleton, will premiere on April 18 at 9 p.m., just 11 days ahead of their April 29 wedding in London.

The role was dream-come-true for Luddington, who was born in the same area in England as Kate, and who grew up following the royals.  

“I definitely had a crush on him,” says Luddington of Prince William. “I went to a convent school that was mere miles from Eton, so I had dreams of me waltzing into Eton and him saying, ‘You’re the girl for me.’ ”

For more about the upcoming movie and a sneak peek at the film version of the fashion show where Kate wore the famous see-through dress, check out TODAY contributing correspondent Jenna Bush-Hager’s report:

TODAY contributing correspondent Jenna Bush Hager chats with the two relatively unknown stars of Lifetime's made-for-TV movie about the royal lovebirds, actors Nico Evers-Swindell and Camilla Luddington.

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