Royal fans warned ‘don’t hold your breath’ over Meghan and Harry’s Netflix film
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Anyone hoping Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Netflix adaptation of “Meet Me at the Lake” will hit their screens in the near future is likely to be disappointed, a royal expert has warned, saying: “Don’t hold your breath.”
And Hilary Fordwich has also suggested the Sussexes may have been “privy to the contents” of the book, written by Canadian author Carley Fortune, before its publication, given it bears a “plethora of parallels” to their own lives.
The couple has paid £3million for the rights to the book via Archewell Productions, Penguin Random House confirmed on Monday.
The book bears similarities to Harry and Markle’s romance, given one of the characters lost a parent in a car crash and struggled with substance abuse. Prince Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, died in an accident in Paris in 1997 and he has admitted to the use of cannabis and cocaine in the past.
However, Ms Fordwich, a Washington-based British business development consultant who regularly discusses royal affairs on US television, pointed to the ongoing labour disputes stemming from the Writers Guild of America’s concerns about the use of artificial intelligence, which members fear could eventually replace their creative output.
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She told Express.co.uk: “Don’t hold your breath with this.
“Movie-making is a highly skilled business, very few films are highly successful so this is going to be a challenge to deliver a hit for Netflix and it will be quite a while due to the writers’ screenplay strike.”
Ms Fordwich also speculated about whether the couple may have had some input into the novel itself, explaining: “It’s rather amazing how rapidly they bought the rights to a novel published a mere three months ago on May 2 in the US.
“Were they privy to the contents previously? Perhaps they collaborated?”
She continued: “While Harry isn’t purportedly much of a reader, perhaps it was Meghan who knew the author especially given Meghan lived in Toronto, whilst filming Suits, where the author resides?”
Meet Me at the Lake is described by Penguin Random House as a “breathtaking new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Every Summer After” about strangers Fern Brooksbank (also, coincidentally, the surname of Princess Eugenie’s husband Jack Brooksbank) and Will Baxter, both aged in their thirties.
Writing on Instagram after the deal was confirmed, ex-journalist Ms Fortune said: “I never thought I’d be making this announcement, but since I am, it feels fitting that I’m doing it from the cottage where it all began.
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“I’m thrilled to confirm that I’m teaming up with Netflix and Archewell productions on the adaptation of Meet Me at the Lake.
“Will and Fern’s love story is dear to my heart, and I can’t imagine a more perfect partnership.
“Writing this book was a tremendous personal challenge, and to see it recognised in this way is truly incredible.”
Meanwhile, yesterday saw the premiere of “Red, White & Royal Blue,” an adaptation of Casey McQuiston’s bestseller of the same name.
In it, Nicolas Galitzine stars as British Prince Harry and Taylor Zakhar Perez plays the son of the first female US president (Uma Thurman).
They’re initially bitter rivals who cause a media frenzy when they tussle and fall into a cake at a royal wedding.
However, in the film, directed by playwright Matthew López, a resulting PR campaign brings them closer.
Express.co.uk has contacted Archewell about Ms Fordwich’s remarks.
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