Bridgerton fans spot lesbian love twist for Francesca after huge departure from novels

In a pretty significant departure from the Bridgerton novels, the third series of the smash hit Netflix Regency drama has introduced an interesting plot swerve - a lesbian love plot.

The second part of the highly-anticipated series dropped on Thursday, delighting viewers, with Francesca, played by Hannah Dodd, 29, finding affections with the opposite sex.

Netflix has inserted a lesbian love plot into Bridgerton by changing a character from Michael to Michaela, played by Masali Baduza.
Netflix has introduced Michaela as a love interest, rather than the Michael in the original source novels -Credit:Netflix

The new romance changes a character in the books from Michael to Michaela - as Francesca Bridgerton falls in love with a woman in the third series, in stark difference to the source novels.

In Julia Quinn’s original books, Francesca falls for Michael Stirling after the death of her husband, John.

But fans of the show swiftly noticed that John Stirling is seen introducing new wife Francesca to his cousin Michaela Stirling, played by Masali Baduza.

Adjoa Andoh as Lady Danbury in the garden in Bridgerton
Lady Danbury continues to keep a close eye on all the goings-on in the Ton -Credit:PA Wire

When she sets eyes on the blushing bride she warns: “I caution you, every sordid detail John has spoken about me is a lie . . . the truth is far worse.”

And the response was divided. One fan wrote: “Happy Pride Month to Francesca Bridgerton!” But another wasn’t as pleased with what makers had done with the original story, adding: “It’s disrespectful to the couple’s fans. They shouldn’t have done it.”

Series three is already aa massive hit and has to date amassed 82 million streams, with the final part featuring a steamy six-minute sex scene.

Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton, Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington
Penelope Featherington is centre-stage this series - and fans love it -Credit:PA Wire

Fans have loved seeing Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) and Colin Bridgerton's (Luke Newton) love story unfold and they weren't disappointed.

Irish actress Nicola previously revealed: 'I think we've won the sauciness for this series!' as she teased that she and Luke had damaged the set with their onscreen romps, telling Entertainment Weekly: