Six events in book ‘bought by Harry and Meghan’ mirrored in their lives

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have reportedly “bought the rights” to Carley Fortune’s novel, ‘Meet Me At The Lake’.

Harry and Meghan were said to be “gripped” by the story, before they snapped up the rights.

The book, which falls into the romance category, follows two people who meet by chance, resulting in an unexpected love story.

Due to some of the themes, such as grief, the couple may have shown an interest due to it mirroring their real lives.

Here, looks at six ways in which the book bears a striking resemblance to Meghan and Harry’s own reality.

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1. Toronto

In the book, the main character Fern looks back on her time in Toronto – with the city being a place close to Meghan’s heart.

Fern met Will in Toronto in her early 20s, all while she was studying and working in a coffee shop.

Meghan lived in Toronto for seven years while she filmed Suits, her big break into the world of acting.

Previously speaking of her time in Toronto, Meghan said: “The people are so kind, I love the food scene and I really love exploring little nooks around the city with my two dogs. I love how much green space is tucked away.”

2. The ‘you haven’t Googled him?’ reference

In the novel, Fern’s best friend Whitney asks her all about Will when he resurfaces in her life a decade later.

Whitney’s first reaction is to ask Fern whether she has done a Google search of Will – which bears a striking resemblance to Meghan’s earlier confession.

Meghan previously stated that she had little idea of who Prince Harry was before they met.

In their 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan told Oprah: “I didn’t do any research about what [joining the Royal Family] would mean. I never looked up my husband online.”

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3. A mother dies in a car accident

The book’s main character Fern is mourning the loss of her mother, who died in a car accident just six weeks ago.

In one scene, the book states that Fern is haunted by her mother’s death, with the character having a nightmare where she takes her mum’s place just before the incident.

In 1997, Harry lost his mother, Princess Diana, in a car accident in Paris.

Harry was just 12 at the time of her death, and has previously recalled visiting Paris to try and get his head around what had happened to his mother.

4. The ‘single-girl summer’ reference

Prior to meeting Harry, Meghan had no real intention of finding love.

In the book, Will reappears back into Fern’s life at a time when she also had no intention of finding love – particularly after her mother’s death and a cheating boyfriend.

In the couple’s Netflix docuseries, Meghan’s friend Lucy Fraser said that the Duchess of Sussex had plans to have a ‘single girl summer’ in 2016 – the same summer she met her future husband.

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5. Drinking martinis

With the romantic tensions ramping up a notch, Fern and Will go on a string of dates.

The former couple are invited to a cocktail evening, where the pair sip on martinis.

In their Netflix docuseries, Meghan and Harry reminisced on their first date.

The Times previously reported that Harry’s favourite drink is a beer – while Meghan loves a martini or two.

6. The end of friendships

In the book, Fern and Whitney’s friendship takes a toll.

In one flashback, Fern refers to a ‘falling-out’ with Whitney – which mirrors one of Meghan’s former friendships.

While in Toronto, Meghan bonded with Jessica Mulroney.

Although previously close, and Jessica’s daughter taking on the role as one of Meghan’s bridesmaids in 2018, the two are reportedly not friends anymore.

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