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How E!’s ‘The Royals’ Will Draw on Real Royal Scandals (new trailer!)

Elizabeth Hurley stars in 'The Royals,' E! Entertainment's first scripted television show. It will air next year.  (Photo: YouTube)

Elizabeth Hurley stars in ‘The Royals,’ E! Entertainment’s first scripted television show. It will air next year. (Photo: YouTube)

“The Royals,” the first scripted show from the king of reality television E! Entertainment, is all about a royal family based loosely, and obviously, on Britain’s monarchy, according to the show’s first new trailer. It may be fictional but does art imitate life?

The trailer hints at things to come with a number of scandalous scenes that mix dark humor and sexual situations.

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But a close examination of the one-minute clip suggests that the show will be drawing on real scandals from all over Europe.

The royal family itself looks more like Monaco’s House of Grimaldi, during the reign of Rainier III, rather than the House of Windsor under octogenarian British Queen Elizabeth II and husband Prince Phillip, who is now 93.

The “king,” who appears 60ish, is rakishly handsome in his full military uniform, just like one Prince Rainier used to wear. He has a hot younger wife played by Elizabeth Hurley.

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William Moseley plays the son, Merritt Patterson plays his commoner lover. Vincent Regan, Alexandra Park, Tom Austen, Jake Maskall, Ukweli Roach and Oliver Milburn round out the cast, according to deadline.com.

Their children resemble Rainer’s off-spring, Princess Stephanie, Princess Caroline and Prince Albert.

In her younger days, Princess Stephanie was a jet-setter who partied all over Europe in scanty club dresses that were prone to wardrobe malfunctions.

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Prince Albert was a serial philander who, like a true royal, fathered two children out of wedlock. He finally married in 2011 at the age of 53 to a former South African Olympic swimmer.

Caroline has been married three times and has dated some of Europe’s most notorious playboys, many of whom have can trace their lineage to Europe’s fallen royal houses.

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She allegedly had an affair with her current husband, Ernst August of Hanover while he was married. Their marriage has been rocky almost from the start.

In 2010, Ernst caused an uproar when he was spotted with a 22-year-old ex-dancer named Simona who models for an Austrian brothel, according to London’s Daily Mail.

A year earlier, he was photographed on Freedom Beach in Phuket, Thailand, kissing a mysterious young woman, while Caroline was skiing alone in Switzerland.

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The trailer also includes hints of Britain’s Prince Charles during the time he was married to Princess Diana. The relationship between E!’s royal couple appears just as sour.

And one of the royal sons could be drawing some inspiration from Prince Harry, who is known in the UK as “Randy Prince Harry”

Outside of Harry, most of Britain’s current royal scandals involve relatives of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge and wife of future heir Prince William.

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Pippa Middleton has had numerous lovers and has been spotted at decadent parties in Europe. Kate’s brother was also caught up on in a gay sex scandal, which he firmly denied, of course.

Check out the video below. “The Royals” may be art rather than real life, but it looks like the series will have plenty of material to draw on. The show airs in 2015.

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