Episode 8

Eleanor has discovered that Queen Charlotte had an affair many years ago, the dates of which mean that Richard might not actually be the rightful King. She leaks this to the Archbishop, who in turn questions Iain, who is forced to ask Queen Charlotte about these delicate matters. The Queen reluctantly admits to her son that it could be true. He might be illegitimate, which forces Richard to take a DNA test to prove his paternity.

Abigail realises she can’t live with Eleanor’s blackmail and, having confronted Simon and learnt the extent of the Princess’s ambitions, she confesses having written the book and hands it over to Richard. Betrayed, he sends her away. He confronts his sister over Abigail’s allegations, leading Eleanor to show her true colours. As they wait for the test results, George has to face up to the consequences of potentially taking the throne. The DNA test results finally arrive, proving Richard legitimate. The rightful King faces Eleanor down, and steps back up to his duties. The coronation looms and the only question left unanswered is Abigail.

Once crowned, Richard summons Abigail and tells her he now knows how much she loves him, and he still feels the same. Just then he is called to greet his subjects from the balcony and, for the moment, Abigail steps back into the shadows as the family take to the stage, put aside their conflicts, smile and wave.

Monday 3 March 2008 9:00pm – 10:00pm on ITV1.

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