When king Richard's junior sister Isabel 'Izzy' announces she wants to renounce her royal status, the palace dismisses this as another childish whim. After her assistant is fired, she talks Izzy into calling for a British republic on her birthday. The queen-mother calls on psychiatrist Dr. Philip Hooper. Rich declares his love to personal assistant Abigail Thomas. Her former lover discloses her Palace manuscript to Eleanor, who uses it as blackmail leverage.