And you thought Marie Antoinette was a bitch.
Witness so much more anarchy in the monarchy when E!’s spectacularly salacious series returns with more unspeakable schemes when “The Royals: Season Two” arrives on DVD (plus Digital) on March 22 from Lionsgate. Hailed by the spectacularly salacious “Star” magazine as “the crown jewel of guilty pleasure TV,” The Royals returned for a second season after reveling in more than 5.4 million viewers for the first season’s premiere episode. Wonder how many ate cake?
The stellar cast is led by Elizabeth Hurley as the calculating Queen Helena, and she is joined by William Moseley as the vengeful Prince Liam; Alexandra Park as an uncontrollable Princess Eleanor; Tom Austen as the Prince’s devious bodyguard Jasper Frost; Oliver Milburn as the troubled head of the Royal security; and Jake Maskall as the newly-crowned and universally despised King Cyrus. And no royal dynasty is complete without Joan Collins as the Grand Duchess of Oxford.
After the tragic murder of King Simon by an unknown assailant, Simon’s arrogant brother, Cyrus, has taken the throne with the help of Queen Helena. Prince Liam seeks vengeance for the death of his father while Princess Eleanor struggles to live her seemingly fairy-tale life. While allies are formed and enemies are made in the royal palace, nothing is what it seems.
We wondered what Hurley thinks about the real Royal Family. “I love the monarchy. I’ve always been a big fan. I’m an ambassador for a couple of the Prince of Wales’ charities, including the Prince of Wales Countryside Trust, because we both have organic farms and believe in organic farming and environmental issues. I’ve met him a few times, and he’s just the best. I’ve always thought he was the best-dressed man in the United Kingdom, possibly the world. His tailoring is amazing. I’m a huge fan, not only because of the tailoring.”
Any nerves playing the Queen? “I wasn’t at all nervous to play our royal family. Within ten seconds of watching our show, you can tell it’s fiction. There are no parallels. What they show outside the palace gates, it’s similar up to a point. The occasions, the charity events, the shaking hands with the public. But the minute you go backstage it’s pretty obvious it’s pure fiction. Because I don’t see any parallels at all, I think everyone will watch it as fabulous fiction.”
And who does Hurley think is America’s closest person to royalty? “George Clooney, don’t you think? President Clinton at one stage was as near as you got to a king.”