Our insatiable desire for royal scandals and stories shows no sign of slowing down, but luckily there’s a new drama in town that could help quench that thirst.
At least for a few hours.
The Spanish Princess miniseries is based on the best-selling novels The Constant Princess and The King’s Curse by Philippa Gregory. Set in 16th century London, it features some famous historical names.
The new Stan show stars Charlotte Hope as the fierce Catherine of Aragon, a teenage princess of Spain who grew up knowing no other goal than eventually securing the English throne, something she’d been promised since she was a child.
You may recognise Charlotte Hope from her murderous and smirking turn as Myranda on Game of Thrones, Ramsay Bolton’s sadistic lover who enjoyed shooting innocent victims with arrows. She’s just as fiery and captivating in this new royal role, albeit less deranged than her GOT character.
While many plays, movies and pages in the history books have chronicled the later and more tragic parts of Catherine’s life, there hasn’t been much about the early life of the woman who grew up as the youngest child of Spain’s most ruthless monarchs Isabella and Ferdinand.
The princess was passed to the Tudors as a toddler and went on to became a widow at just 16. Catherine was married off again a short time later to the English royal heir. A union that came about because, as we see on the show, she claimed her first marriage was never consummated because Arthur was impotent.
The miniseries kicks off with a sense of drama when the throne appears to slip from Catherine's fingers after her husband Prince Arthur suddenly dies. It's a twist of fate that forces her to put into motion a plan to secure marriage to the new heir, the charismatic Prince Harry who will one day rule as King Henry VIII...and we all know how that turned out.