S01E07 - Mon 25 Feb / 9:00pm on ITV1

Princess Isabelle attempts to take hold of her life by renouncing her HRH status. When no-one takes her seriously, she gives a speech at her eighteenth birthday party, damning the institution, her family and all they stand for, then posts the footage on the internet.

Sir Iain and Jonty are worried that behaviour shows a mental instability which requires treatment but Richard and Abigail think it’s too convenient a solution, with the coronation looming. Isabelle is tracked down and Richard finally sees how complicated his sister’s position is – he wants to help Isabelle but doesn’t quite know how. The person he’d normally ask, Abigail, is busy dealing with Simon, who is now blackmailing her over her book deal.

Abigail has to keep Simon sweet, while trying desperately to help the man she loves work through the toughest family crisis he’s ever faced. She helps Richard stand by his younger sister and the King tells her he loves her for it. But just as he’s on the verge of kissing her, she is called out of the room at Princess Eleanor’s behest. Simon has told Eleanor about the book. Eleanor spells it out: unless she wants Richard to find out about the book, she’ll have to start working for her as well.

Monday 25 February 2008 9:00pm – 10:00pm on ITV1.

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