Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are about to embark on a new chapter in their entertainment careers.
As revealed in the latest installment of Newsweek’s The Royal Report podcast, the couple’s latest project could mark a shift into a more diversified creative realm, away from ongoing tensions with the monarchy.
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Meet Me at the Lake: the project is already in progress
News recently broke that Netflix, in collaboration with Harry and Meghan’s Archewell Productions, is adapting the critically acclaimed novel “Meet Me at The Lake,” written by Canadian Carley Fortune.
This adaptation is believed to be closely related to the couple’s personal experiences.
The novel’s setting in Toronto coincides with Meghan’s time spent there during the filming of the famous television series “Suits.”
In addition, the theme of overcoming grief after the loss of a parent in a tragic car accident, which mirrors Harry’s own experience of losing his mother, Princess Diana, adds an emotional layer to the project.
Although neither Netflix nor Archewell Productions have officially confirmed these reports, the project would represent a promising turn of events for the couple, as they would be moving away from the controversies stemming from their previous ventures.
It should be noted that the publishers of Meet Me at the Lake, Penguin Random House, and Carley Fortune have confirmed that the project is in the works.
Newsweek picked up their statements, “I’m so thrilled about working with Netflix and Archewell to bring Meet Me at the Lake to the screen,” Fortune told Vogue. “Will and Fern’s [main characters] love story is dear to my heart, and I can’t imagine a more perfect partnership.”
Harry and Meghan will stop dropping royal bombshells
Royal correspondent Jack Royston said the possible adaptation of the novel was “exciting” for the couple.
Royston also noted the gradual resurgence of her popularity in the U.S. after setbacks suffered by the release of her hard-hitting docuseries on Netflix in December and Prince Harry’s memoir in January.
“It sounds like maybe they’ve heeded all the warnings and realized that the dishing of royal dirt, while it can draw in huge audiences, doesn’t actually necessarily do them any favors in the long run.” “You know, actually they need to be reborn. They need to become something new and different to what they were when they were working royals,” he said.
Meghan Markle’s aspirations to return to Hollywood are becoming increasingly apparent.
In an interview for Variety in October 2022, she expressed her desire to explore genres such as romantic comedies and evoked nostalgia for classics like “When Harry Met Sally” and Julia Roberts’ iconic romantic comedies.
Against this backdrop, the couple intends to move away from projects anchored solely in their past lives as British royals.