Her Majesty Amelia Mignonette Thermopolis Renaldi, Queen of Genovia… might be back. Meg Cabot, the author behind beloved book series The Princess Diaries, recently opened up to Entertainment Weekly about the rumors swirling that a third film is in the works.
While Cabot didn’t completely deny the possibility, she did remain coy about what exactly a third movie might involve. “I am not allowed to say,” the scribe told the publication in reference to plot points–if there even is a third movie. “I would love to sit and talk about [it], but I can’t. I’m not allowed. But it’s really more following the movie than the books, so if she—the last version I read, she definitely did not find out that she has a biracial younger sister … which I personally would’ve thought was hilarious, but that was not the direction they were going.”
Princess Diaries, as first imagined for the big screen back in 2001, tells the story of Mia Thermoplis (Anne Hathaway), a gawky teenager who finds out that she’s the sole heir to the throne of the small European nation of Genovia. In the second film, Mia learns that in order to secure the throne as Queen, she’ll need to marry within the month. Thus follows a series of adventures and misadventures in love; by the end of the movie, she’s found confidence to rule the nation solo—though she and a certain young royal, Nicholas Devereaux (Chris Pine), did share some sparks.
So is a royal wedding on the horizon?
“I think of them as two different universes,” Cabot said of the series and its films, still not giving away any details. “Like there’s The Princess Diaries universe that I created, which is, you know, amazing, and the Disney universe, that they created, which is equally amazing. And, you know, there’s fans of both, and fans who actually kind of like both of them at the same time.”
Julie Andrews, who plays Queen Clarisse Renaldi in the films, has previously hinted that she’d be open to a third film, as would Hathaway. “There’s talk about it,” Andrews told BuzzFeed News last year. “And [Hathaway]’s very keen to do it. I would very willingly and happily do it.”
The veteran actress added that the duo would love to honor their late director, Gary Marshall, with a third movie. “I think we might do it in honor of him,” Andrews said. Marshall passed away last July. “Annie had an idea that she wanted to pursue about it, and I’m all for it, so if she’d like to….”