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With the final episode of Downton Abbey having been broadcast on Sunday, the hit ITV programme?s creator, Julian Fellowes, has been made an offer he can?t refuse.
His famously forceful friend, Princess Michael of Kent, wants him to transform her series of historical novels into a period TV drama to rival Downton.
The Princess, Marie-Christine, who employs Lord Fellowes?s wife Emma as her lady-in-waiting, has just published the final part of her Anjou trilogy about the lives and loves of aristocrats in 15th-century France.
?I want Julian to make this series of books into one drama,? she tells me at the launch of the latest instalment, Quicksilver, at the Chelsea home of her friends Basia and Richard Briggs.
She adds: ?My previous book, The Serpent And The Moon, would be another drama. Julian would do a marvellous job
Quicksilver tells the tale of how ambitious merchant Jacques Coeur became one of the richest and most powerful men in France, as he wins the trust of the Angevin royal family.
Marie-Christine ? who was joined at the party by her husband, the Queen?s cousin Prince Michael, and their son, Lord Freddie Windsor ? says Tory peer Fellowes began work on her 2004 novel, The Serpent And The Moon, about royal love in Renaissance France. But he was dragged away to write a new series of Downton. ?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."