Those of us movie fans of a certain vintage can be forgiven if we had a sense of dèjá vu recently when Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, announced that they were going to be parents again, making Archie a big brother. (Last July, the duchess wrote in The New York Times about the heartbreak of having suffered a miscarriage.)
What caught our attention, however, was the fetching announcement photo of utter connubial contentment, she resting her head in his lap, with one hand on her baby bump. It’s just like the end of “Notting Hill,” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sM4rv42qyvk in which after much travail Julia Roberts’ somewhat difficult American movie star finds bliss with a shy, stuttering, floppy-haired, English, Hugh Granted bookstore owner played by, well, Hugh Grant. Except that they’re on a bench in the enclosed garden that’s key to the plot and Grant is reading a book as Roberts, holding his hand, gazes at children running around them.
Still, it’s a similar pose and a great romantic movie from the end of the last century.
Indeed, it’s one we might watch again as we wish the duke and duchess all the best in this next chapter of their life together.
– Georgette Gouveia