All is not well in Genoa. On August 25, the Princess Diaries author Meg Cabot announced that Princess Mia and the citizens of her fictional European country would return in the 12th installment of the book series, “The Quarantine Princess Diaries”. The 300-page novel will be Cabot’s first Princess Diaries outing in seven years, preceded by “Royal Wedding: A Princess Diaries Novel” (2015). Set during the COVID-19 pandemic, the book will detail Princess Mia’s personal and professional struggles as the people of Genovia – including the “dysfunctional” royal family – attempt to navigate their rapidly changing environment.
Beyond dealing with political disputes and complex family dynamics, Mia could be embroiled in an “alleged royal affair”. For fans of the two-part Disney film series, Mia’s love triangle between Nicholas Devereaux (Chris Pine) and Andrew Jacoby (Callum Blue) was spellbinding enough. But now that Mia has a pandemic to deal with and an entire country to run, it looks like her romantic life might be in disarray, too.
In partnership with human rights activists wish for girls and real-life Princess Royal Mabel van Oranje of the Netherlands, Cabot will donate a portion of the proceeds from all sales of “The Quarantine Princess Diaries” to help end child marriage.
Plot “The Quarantine Princess Diaries”
According to Princess Mia’s “personal biographer”, Cabot, the new novel will touch on life in Genovia during the pandemic, power dynamics within the royal family and a possible case of infidelity which is causing more drama than expected. Cabot’s official blog reads: “Get ready to read about Princess Mia’s personal (and political) battles while imposing health restrictions on her tiny European nation; life during lockdown (even in a place as idyllic than a palace on the Riviera); an alleged royal affair; the invention (and implementation) of an intranasal vaccine by Michael Moscovitz that could change the course of the pandemic – or at least the life of every citizen of Genoa; and a very demanding royal grandmother.”
‘The Quarantine Princess Diaries’ release date
“The Quarantine Princess Diaries” is currently available for pre-order for $8 (originally $9) and is slated for release March 28, 2023. While the e-book will be available from March 7, fans can also order signed and personalized copies of the physical book.
Will there be a third Princess Diaries movie?
For fans of the films, the new novel has already fueled rumors of a third Princess Diaries movie. Since January 2019, Anne Hathaway has been teasing “The Princess Diaries 3,” a sequel to Princess Mia’s on-screen adventures in Genovia circa 2004. Even with actors like Mandy Moore and Julie Andrews on board to take part in the sequel, Disney has yet to confirm if the film is still in the boxes.
While Cabot’s latest novel, Princess Diaries, would provide a timely insight into Princess Mia’s life as a royal, would-be writers and directors have 11 existing books to draw inspiration from, including “The Princess Diaries, Volume III: Princess in Love” (2001), “The Princess Diaries, Volume VIII: Princess on the Brink” (2006), “Royal Wedding: A Princess Diaries Novel” (2015), and more. With so many sources to draw from, it’s likely that a “Princess Diaries” sequel film would pull a little from the pages of each novel. By then , read Cabot’s new novel to catch up with Amelia Mignonette Thermopolis Renaldi, Princess of Genovia.