The Palace - Monday 21 January

The Palace
Monday 21 January 2008 9:00pm – 10:00pm on ITV1.

King Richard and the Prime Minister clash as the young Monarch takes a moral stand on a political issue. And trouble is around the corner when Prince George is involved in a hit and run accident.

The King watches the widow of a young soldier, killed on active service, break down on TV. The widow has already written to him and, moved by her story, the King writes directly to her. When his letter is published in the Telegraph, Richard is humiliated by the Prime Minister, who tells him in no uncertain terms that a Monarch must be above politics. But Richard won’t back down. And his battle isn’t only with the PM – the woman he loves is the woman co-ordinating the PM’s press attacks on him. Miranda tries to make Richard see sense but her warning lands on deaf ears and she is forced to make even more painful attacks on her lover.

Meanwhile, George, returning from a party with his Personal Protection Officer Ray, is involved in what might have been a hit-and-run incident. Bayfield is tasked with investigating further and he is horrified when he realises that George might well be responsible for putting an old man in hospital. As the King’s staff try to work out what the right thing to do is, they all agree on one thing: under no circumstances must the King find out about this.

Which is all well and good, were it not for the fact that Princess Eleanor has just booked in to see Richard with the sole plan of making sure he knows every last detail. And when he does, she’s going to leak it to the press that he’s covered up a major criminal offence.

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