Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have reportedly set their sights on film production and are set to create their first fictional work for Netflix. Through their company Archewell Productions, the couple has bought the rights to the bestselling novel Meet Me at the Lake and will be bringing the romantic story to life for the streaming giant. The book’s author Carley Fortune said in a statement that she is “so thrilled about working with Netflix and Archewell to bring Meet Me at the Lake to the screen.”
According to The Sun, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will produce the film version of the New York Times bestseller with a plot that bears more than a passing resemblance to their own lives. Meet Me at the Lake is set near Toronto, where Markle lived when she began her relationship with Prince Harry while filming the show Suits. Its story may also be close to the couple’s hearts in more ways than one as it discusses mental health struggles, which Prince Harry has been very vocal about via his documentary and memoir, Spare. The book’s protagonists are Will and Fern, a couple who meet in their 30s, and go through challenges including childhood trauma from losing a parent in a car crash as Prince Harry did with Princess Diana, and post-natal depression, which Markle opened up about in her interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2021.
Currently, the future of the movie is as uncertain as any other project in Hollywood due to actors and writers being on strike. The fiction film takes the couple’s plans after stepping down as senior royals into a new direction given that they have only released documentaries, podcasts, and books since. The Sun reports that the deal for the film rights is valued at US $3.8 million and is part of their $100 million agreement with Netflix.