A speculative, fictional "what if" scenario based on the controversial play of the same name in which Prince Charles becomes King Charles III following the Queen's death. His scandal-prone family schemes against him, as his controversial political decisions cause constitutional crisis and lead to chaotic riots and army in the streets. Some of the most shocking moments in the story include power-hungry Kate planning to take Charles down, Harry's relationship with a black Republican girlfriend, Camilla slapping her stepson and the ghost of Charles' late wife Princess Diana appearing to her children to give them counsel.
Did You Know?
The movie is based on a play by Mike Bartlett
, that toured England following a critically acclaimed run at the Almeida Theatre (London, April 2014) and in the West End. The play was Best New Play at the Olivier Awards and the Critics' Circle Theatre Awards, and received the South Bank Sky Arts Theatre Award. See more
In one scene, the new king to succeed Charles III is referred to as King William IV. This is incorrect. He would be King William V. There was already a King William IV, 1830-1837.
The reference to King William IV was not to the future King William, but to the historical King William IV. The opposition leader suggested that Charles research how William IV dealt with his own conflict between crown and Parliament. In 1831, corruption amongst the ministers prompted the king to exercise his prerogative of dissolving the Parliament. The House of Lords was preparing to adopt a resolution against dissolution when William entered the chamber in person, cutting off debate, and declared the body dissolved. The scene in this production where King Charles enters Parliament to make the same declaration is deliberately patterned after that event. See more