While fans of The Princess Diaries will never give up hope on a third film, Julie Andrews doesn't see the idea ever coming to fruition.
"I think it would be too late to do it now. There was talk of a sequel many, many years ago. But I don’t think it ever came to pass," she spilled to The Hollywood Reporter. "And [director] Garry [Marshall] then did leave us. [For] especially me, it’s too far down the line now to go back to it. It’s a lovely thought, but I don’t think it would probably be possible."
Working with the late Marshall is actually one of the reasons the Oscar winner took on the role, as she admired the way his movies always included "humor" and the "understanding of human nature."
"I think also it was the idea of the story, of course, but he was incredibly generous," she recalled. "When I first met him, and I had never met him until the role was being talked about, he asked some fabulous questions, like, where do you think Genovia is? What do you think Genovia is famous for?'"
"I said something idiotic like, 'The nuns in the country would’ve made lace and exported it, and maybe they’re famous for their very beautiful pear trees and their pears,'" Andrews continued. "Well, we had pears all over the set and lace costumes. He embraced what everyone cared to offer."
In 2019, costar Anne Hathaway revealed on Watch What Happens Live that there was in fact a script for a third production, but clearly, things didn't turn out the way audiences hoped.
"I want to do it. Julie [Andrews] wants to do it. Debra Martin Chase, our producer, wants to do it. We all really want it to happen," the mom-of-two insisted. "It’s just we don’t want to unless it’s perfect because we love it just as much as you guys love it. It’s as important to us as it is to you, and we don’t want to deliver anything until it’s ready, but we’re working on it so..."
The Princess Diaries debuted in 2001, with the sequel coming out three years later.