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WATCH: ‘The Royals’ Get Dirty on E!
Frank W. Ockenfels 3/E! Entertainment
Frank W. Ockenfels 3/E! Entertainment
Frank W. Ockenfels 3/E! Entertainment

” marks E!’s first entry in the original scripted drama series game when it premieres Sunday, March 15, and as the network highlights the annual Christmas address by Queen Helena (), who says, “I’m supposed to tell you what a wonderful year it’s been. I’m supposed to smile and stick to the script. But the truth is, as a family, as a monarchy, we’re hanging on by a thread,” we can’t help but prepare to witness the next great soapy drama!

From the clip itself, however, you’ll note she doesn’t say any of that, but in the end it doesn’t matter because anything that provides as much drama as “The Royals” intends can’t be a bad thing. Newly Anointed Dame Joan Collins (“,” “”) guest stars as the Queen’s mother, the Grand Duchess of Oxford.

In addition to Hurley, “The Royals” also stars as King Simon, along with as Prince Liam and as Princess Eleanor, as Cyrus, King Simon’s brother, as Liam’s bodyguard and confidant Marcus, as Jasper, Princess Eleanor’s new bodyguard, as Liam’s ex-girlfriend Gemma, as Ted, the head of security for the Royals, and as Ophelia, Ted’s daughter who gets entwined with Prince Liam.

For an extended clip of the new series, click play below:

“The Royals” premieres Sunday, March 15 on E!