Prince Charles (Harry Enfyld) is impatiently waiting for his mother to die so that he can finally get a chance to be king. Camilla (Haydn Gwynne), meanwhile, is scheming to find ways to become to the true ruler of the British Isles. William (Hugh Skinner) and Kate (Louise Ford), on the other hand, just want to live semi-normal lives without the pressure of being royalty. Harry (Richard Goulding, Tom Durant-Pritchard), an illiterate fool, is carrying on an affair with Pippa (Morgana Robinson), who is trying to manipulate everyone into supporting her lavish lifestyle.
The programme is notable in that everyone is considered fair game to be satirized... except the Queen.
This programme provides examples of the following:
- Adaptation Personality Change:
- Camilla is depicted as a schemer who is willing to do anything as long as she gets to be in charge.
- Pippa is portrayed as a stuck-up, money-grubbing social climber.
- Beatrice and Eugenie are depicted as The Ditz who are unable to hold down a job despite being one one of the few royals who consistently have one.
- All Girls Like Ponies: Princess Anne is mad about horses. The only way Kate can stop Anne from giving her a home lobotomy is by humming the theme tune to the TV adaptation of Black Beauty.
- Alpha Bitch: Theresa May even manages to intimidate Camilla.
- Bad Future: Wills has a nightmare where Britain falls apart after abolishing the monarchy, turning the country into a dystopian hell hole.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Ellie Goulding is depicted as a very nice person who helps the disadvantaged. She's also a brutal Combat Pragmatist who can brawl with the best of them when pushed too far.
- Kate accidentally killed an opponent during her past career as a freestyle fighter.
- Black Comedy Rape: Fergie is tricked by the grocer into sex in exchange for food in Wills Bad Future nightmare.
- Brainless Beauty: Meghan is presented as a dimwitted, mediocre actress in Ms. Fanservice clothing and a stunning beauty.
- Butt-Monkey: Fergie is portrayed as a pathetic emotional punching bag for her ex-husband, daughters, and the entire royal family.
- Demonic Possession: Satan himself possesses Prince Charles at a Satanist function over which Charles and Camilla have to preside. But the old fiend himself is rather less than impressed after finding his human host doesn't actually have much real earthly power as a royal.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Prince Philip ordered MI 5 to assassinate Fergie if she ever gets within a five mile radius of a royal function.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: When Fergie takes Eugenie and Beatrice to a VIP section of a music festival with only two tickets, a security guard confronts her and forces her to choose which one of her daughters will be escorted out of the VIP premises.
- Even Evil Has Standards: After conspiring to get rid of Charles with his Evil Twin Chuck, Camilla can't bring herself to shoot him when the time comes.
- Everyone Has Standards: The show goes out of its way to avoid any mention or reference to the late Princess Diana.
- The only time the subject was ever touched upon was a blink-and-you-miss-it reference to the half-forgotten conspiracy theory about Harry's true paternity.
- Evil Twin: Princess Anne has been hiding Charles' twin brother Chuck in the attic of the Sandringham Castle. (Although given Chuck's rather convivial personality one has to wonder who really counts as the "evil twin" between them.)
- Fake Pregnancy: Camilla unintentionally invokes this trope when her sudden pregnancy turns out to be just a severe case of gas and bloating.
- Fallen-on-Hard-Times Job:
- Prince Edward is depicted working odd menial jobs for extremely low wages due to his various ventures turning out to be financial failures.
- Fergie is depicted trying to plug half-assed infomercial products.
- The Ghost: The Queen and Prince Philip are never seen and only mentioned. Prince Philip makes his presence felt, however, through profanity-laced letters.
- Gold Digger: Pippa's affections wax, wane, and shift depending on the net worth of her love interests.
- Humanoid Abomination: Princess Anne is implied to be either some sort of a malevolent apparition or an otherworldly ghoul.Princess Anne: When people meet someone royal they dont want bubbly! They want someone stern and austere wholl create a bit of an atmosphere. Someone dead inside, whos clearly the victim of some unspecified trauma. In short - me!
- Immodest Orgasm: A family trait. Charles, William, and Harry are all very loud when climaxing.
- It's a Costume Party, I Swear!: Camilla humiliates Kate by tricking her into wearing a one legged pirate costume to an amputee charity ball.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Camilla publicly announces she will donate her kidney to an adorable bed ridden child singer just to improve her public image, but is actually planning to sabotage the girl's wheelchair and have her go over a cliff before the surgery so she won't have to go through with her promise.
- Lampshade Hanging: The change in actors playing Harry (from Richard Goulding to Tom Durant-Pritchard) doesn't pass without comment.Will: You look different!
Harry: You know what? I feel different.
Meghan: I can't see any change!
- Leitmotif: Sultry woodwinds play whenever Pippa shows up or she comes up with a scheme.
- Charles is extremely immature and has no idea how the real world works due to being mollycoddled his entire life.
- Harry, meanwhile, is illiterate and produces childish scribbles of Spitfires.
- Obliviously Evil: Charles doesnt see anything wrong with his familys past ties to the Nazis.
- Only Sane Man: William and Kate are the only member of the royal family who has any sense of what the actual man on the street requires.
- Pragmatic Evil: Princess Anne is medically licensed to perform lobotomies because the royal family members undergo the procedure so often.
- Race Lift: Kate and Pippa are reimagined as members of the Travelling community.
- Rich Bitch: Camilla confesses one of the reasons she married Charles is so she wouldn't have to operate a toaster.
- Rich Idiot With No Day Job: The entire royal family is depicted as having absolutely no purpose beyond living idle lives with the occasional public appearance.
- Riches to Rags: Poor Fergie, former Duchess of York, is now living in a rundown council estate, her entire schedule centuring around benefits hearings with her social worker.
- The opening credits parody the opening sequence of Dynasty1981.
- The characters often reference the show's "dramatic counterpart" The Crown (2016).
- The first episode features a scene where a vindictive British woman tricks a naïve newcomer to the household into humiliating herself at a lavish costume ball. Hmmm...why does it sound vaguely familiar?
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Except for one scene that shows him from the back, Prince Philip is never seen and only heard from in letters, all of which drop as many profanities as possible.Wills: (reading a letter) "Dear fuckers: It's too bastard cold. We're fucking off to that Polynesian island where I'm worshipped as a god. If anything comes up, say I've got another urinary tract infection. Fuck off. Granddad."
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Princess Anne is capable of appearing out of nowhere, the only thing signalling her arrival being a sudden drop in temperature.
- Take That!: The show's version of Ellie Goulding confesses that she can't sing and became a brawler because people were getting violently angry towards her lack of talent.
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Beside Kate, William and to a lesser extend Meghan, the entire family is depicted as this trope to varying degree.
- White-Dwarf Starlet: Fergie longs for the days of her glamorous past when she was known as the "original Fergie."
- You Say Tomato: Wills has a Verbal Tic that exaggerates certain aspects of the Upper-Received-Pronunciation accent, forbidding him from properly pronouncing any word that ends in Y.Kate: Even though I'm a gypsy?
Wills: Because you're a gypsah.