Sarah, Duchess of York has been granted access to the royal library at Windsor Castle to research a sequel to the film ‘The Young Victoria’, which was released in 2009.
The film focused on Queen Victoria’s accession to the throne in 1837 and her marriage to Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, with Emily Blunt playing Victoria and Rupert Friend as Prince Albert. Princess Beatrice, Sarah Duchess of York’s eldest daughter, also starred in the film in a small role as one of Queen Victoria’s ladies-in-waiting.
The Duchess was one of the film’s producers. She worked alongside director Martin Scorsese to develop ‘The Young Victoria’ which went on to be nominated for three Academy Awards, alongside a Golden Globe nomination for Emily Blunt in the Best Dramatic Actress category.
Although the planning is in very early days, it has been suggested that the sequel will be based on Prince Albert’s life. Sarah has apparently had meetings with directors from the American film company ‘Relatively Media’, who previously produced the film ‘Social Network’.
The Duchess is said to have the Queen’s blessing for perusing another film based on the royal family. Although he has not yet been formally approached about writing the sequel, Sarah plans on asking Downton Abbey’s creator Julian Fellowes to write the screenplay for the film. Fellowes previously wrote the script for ‘The Young Victoria.’