Prince Harry's film could 'upset brother William as he mines family for content'

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The Duke of Sussex will work on a new project with Netflix, according to reports
The Duke of Sussex will work on a new project with Netflix, according to reports

Prince Harry's new Netflix film could upset his big brother William as he "mines family" for content, an expert has claimed.

The Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan Markle, who stepped back from the Royal Family in 2020 and moved stateside to Montecito, California, have bought the rights to a best-selling book, with the couple set to produce it for Netflix for their next career move.

Reports claim that the couple spent an eyewatering £3m for the rights of Meet Me At The Lake, a romance novel by Carley Fortune. The book depicts a couple in their 30s who fall in love, with themes displayed throughout of mental health, post-natal depression, and childhood trauma of losing a parent in a car crash.

Prince Harry's film could 'upset brother William as he mines family for content' erideuiqtqiqdrinvThe Duke and Duchess of Sussex are said to be working on a new Netflix project after buying the rights to a book (Netflix)

Many have picked up on how the book shares some striking similarities with the couple's own life experiences, such as Prince Harry's mother dying in a car crash in 1997, and how Meghan has previously spoken of post-natal depression.

Speaking to an expert to garner how working on this project might affect Prince Harry, The Mirror US has spoken exclusively to senior therapist and relationship expert Sally Baker from Working On The Body, who has claimed it might prove to be "cathartic" to the dad-of-two.

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Sally urged that the book "is not Harry’s story and hopefully offers some distance for him from his reality of having lost his own beloved mother in similar circumstances", she added that processing trauma through art "can be cathartic and healing" because of how channeling emotions into your own work can help to "make sense of painful events and memories".

She went on: "Creating an artistic response to tragedy is a way of transforming grief. However, depending on how closely he’s required to work on this project it is also likely to stir up profoundly painful memories and emotions for Harry too."

Prince Harry's film could 'upset brother William as he mines family for content'A relationship expert has given a glimpse into how Prince William might feel about the project (Getty Images)

Harry will need "immense courage and vulnerability to revisit such deep grief", Sally added, with her continuing: "for which I think he still holds unresolved trauma and sadness".

Although Sally hopes that this process will healing for Harry, she also believes it could put even more strain on his bond with his big brother William. She explained how "it may also temporarily strain relations with his brother William who is bound to think Harry is still mining their family narrative for his own sensational content".

She added that William "may feel the coincidences in this project confront publicly deep wounds from their childhood".

"Harry has a chance here to bring attention to the long shadow cast by sudden tragic loss, and hopefully help others dealing with similar trauma," Sally went on, adding that his personal experience will "lend authenticity to storytelling".

"Pulling from real loss and anguish infuses the work with a truth and rawness that resonates. Even when fictionalised, basing stories on actual events and emotions can heighten their impact. I wish him strength on this difficult creative journey," she concluded.

Mollie Quirk

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