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Peter Moffat, who is writing the screenplay, told Deadline that filming was due to begin in November, although no casting has yet been confirmed. When pushed on rumours that Hugh Grant had been approached, producer Hilary Salmon declined to comment. 

Emily Maitlis and Hugh Grant attend a drinks reception at the 59th London Evening Standard Theatre Awards

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News of the film will likely irk Buckingham Palace, as the Royal Family has tried to distance itself from the fallout of Andrew’s friendship with Epstein. Earlier this year, Prince Andrew settled out of court with Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre, who had launched a civil sexual assault case against the royal. He reportedly agreed to pay her in the region of £12 million in damages, with the money set to go to charities of her choice. 

He was noticeably absent from the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee festivities in June, after testing positive for Covid-19. Prior to that, he took on a prominent role at the memorial service for this father, the late Duke of Edinburgh, escorting Her Majesty to her seat at Westminster Abbey.