Princess Michael of Kent asks Julian Fellowes to adapt her books for TV

Princess Michael of Kent has asked critically acclaimed creator of Downton Abbey to write her historical books into TV dramas.

“I want Julian [Fellowes] to make this series of books into one drama,” she tells Sebastian Shakespeare at the launch of her latest book, Quicksilver.

The book recounts the story of ambitious merchant Jacques Coeur and his rise to power and fortune in France, as well as his relationship with the Angevin Royal Family.

Tory Peer Julian Fellowes has long been a friend of Marie-Christine’s, as his wife is her Lady-in-Waiting.

“His wife has been my chief lady-in-waiting for 25 years, so no pressure,” she said.

Princess Michael, 70, has written books for decades, focusing mainly on her ancestors, whom come from British and French Royalty. She used to be an interior designer, but had to give it up upon marrying into the Royal Family.

“My previous book, The Serpent And The Moon, would be another drama. Julian would do a marvellous job.”

Lord Fellowes had begun to work on a script for the German author’s 2004 novel, The Serpent And The Moon, but he had to stop to carry on writing Downton Abbey.

“He actually started preparing for it, but his agent told him: “You have to work on Downton Abbey”,”she adds.

“My books would make a great drama. They tell a fascinating story.”

Downton Abbey finished last Sunday, ending in its sixth series; a Christmas Special will round off the series about the Crawley family entirely, though Fellows hopes he can create a feature film about the family.

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