If you aren’t watching E’s trashy and addicting drama about ‘the royal family’, aptly named The Royals, on Sunday nights at 10pm, then you need to grab yourself some tea and just trust me on this one.
I am hard-pressed these days to find someone that isn’t obsessed with royal culture, or at least Kate Middleton. Having lived in London, there is truly nothing more exciting than the thought of seeing a Royal out and about, but with perfectly charming Henry and Will, gorgeous Kate, and the majestic Queen…there isn’t a lot of drama or scandalous headlines coming from the palace.
The Royals fixes this, giving us characters that echo the current monarchy (Liam stands in for playboy Harry and Ophelia has the girl-next-door charm of Kate Middleton), not to mention Princesses Maribel and Penelope are shockingly harsh doppelgangers for Fergie’s girls.
If you haven’t seen it yet, let me give you the run-down sans spoilers. Queen Helena (Elizabeth Hurley) is flawless, but cruel to both her remaining children (her oldest has died at the beginning of the first episode) and her husband the King (Vincent Regan), especially since the King is thinking about disbanding the monarchy since it has led to his son’s death. Queenie just can’t have that.
Princess Eleanor (Alexandra Park) is a hard partying, goth glam chic rebel child who steals every scene she is in and is trying to find her place in a world without her oldest brother and with an exceedingly sketchy bodyguard.
Prince Liam (William Moseley) has two sides—sweet and utterly annoying. Just when Ophelia comes into his life (played by Merritt Patterson who you may recognize from PLL spin-off Ravenswood), he is fickle and falls back with his ex (totally reminiscent of Chelsy Davy anyone?). This will be the love triangle to watch, and I know who I am rooting for.
On top of this, the King’s brother is going on a bender every other day and there is plenty of scandal, intrigue, and they said what?! moments to keep you entertained. The best part of The Royals is that they have created a social media scheme to coincide with the show. Follow De-Throned on Insta/Twitter/Facebook for real time ‘tabloid’ pictures of the cast. If they keep this up, we may be all saying, Royal baby who?