Flash back to the year 2007: Bangs were sported by everyone from Kate Moss to Reese Witherspoon, Prada made turbans chic (especially when paired with a banana-print skirt), Valentino celebrated its 45th anniversary with a lavish three-day soiree in Rome, and television had been forever altered by the release of Gossip Girl. A cast of relative newcomers—Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Chace Crawford, and Penn Badgley—took to the screen and captivated audiences with tales of New York’s super elite for six seasons. Since its finale in 2012, television has been waiting for a new show to fill the decadent void left by Gossip Girl, and now we have our successor: The Royals.
The Royals, the first ever scripted show from E!, turns tabloid fodder into plot lines: A princess’s dalliance with a bodyguard? Check. Two redheaded cousins who are battling it out for the throne? Double check. The royal kids’ lives being filtered through handlers? Indeed.
But the show doesn’t only traffic in splashy scandals. Elizabeth Hurley, who plays Queen Helena, gives the show its polish. Her stiff upper lip is paired with high-wattage, form-fitting dresses and clever barbs. While she now plays a queen on television, Hurley, an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust, has spent a lot of time with a real life royal and assured us that the show is entirely rooted in fiction.
“Prince Charles is just fabulous,” Hurley said at the show’s New York premiere on Monday, wearing a Lorena Sarbu dress. “He must be everyone’s Mister Right and I think he’s going to make an excellent king one day.”
Hurley’s onscreen son Prince Liam, played by William Moseley, claims his posh costar has some things in common with HRH Queen Elizabeth II. “They’re both very, very majestic ladies and very polite” said Moseley in a suit by The Kooples. “I think Elizabeth Hurley—in our show—is depicted as very tough.”
Moseley, who plays a playboy prince (sound familiar?), captivates on-screen with his Cheshire cat–like grin. But nobody takes fun to a new level—on the show at least—like Princess Eleanor, played by Alexandra Park. The first episode follows the fall-out when her penchant for partying winds up as front-page news. A wild side certainly doesn’t scare away Park, who says her favorite royal is Prince Harry. “Just because he’s more of a badass, I think he’d be fun,” she said.
The show’s buzz has reached a fever pitch and the network has taken heed: The Royals has secured its second season before even airing. Not even Gossip Girl pulled that off.
The Royals airs on E! Sunday, March 15, at 10:00 p.m.
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