Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have purchased the rights to a best-selling novel about parents dying in a car crash.
They bought the rights to film the story in what will be their first exclusively off-camera Netflix foray.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s change of approach comes after the end of their Spotify deal which saw the two parties part ways “mutually”.
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The rights to Meet Me At The Lake by former journalist turned author Carley Fortune are suspected by experts to have cost the couple in the region of £3million.
The “love story” echos Harry and Meghan’s own lives with a couple who meet in their 30s. It sold 37,000 copies in the first week of its release in May.
The book includes themes of post-natal depression, childhood trauma and mental health.
Set near Toronto, Canada, the book is understood to feature sex scenes and drug use.
Harry and Meghan are understood to have a Netflix deal worth in the region of £80million but this new move is the first time the couple and their firm Archewell Productions have opted to go down the route of novels and fictional drama.
According to the Sun, an insider said: “The themes of the book gripped the couple and it was chosen for their first adaptation with Netflix.”
The rights to the book were sold to the couple by publishers Penguin Random House – which published Harry’s book Spare – a move the outlet says was questioned by PR guru Mark Borkowski.
He said: “The rights for this could have cost up to £3million.
“Although if it’s a best-seller, you wouldn’t be handing it to Harry and Meghan.
“There’s some amazing drama producers out there. Why would you give away a prize asset?”
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