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Princess Diana Inspired Elizabeth Hurley For 'The Royals'

Model-actress Elizabeth Hurley is all set to hit the small screen with the TV series, The Royals.

Liz Hurley has revealed that Princess Diana was her inspiration behind her upcoming TV series 'The Royals'. The 49-year-old who plays Queen Helena said that the series will showcase some untold stories of Diana's life, reported E!Online.

"I took my inspiration from her. But then of course, what we never got to see with Princess Diana was what went on behind the closed doors... Mark (Schwahn) gave us a lot of it, some of it we picked from Cruella de Vil, the Disney character, and the rest I added in," she said in a statement.

But creator Schwahn (the brilliant mind behind One Tree Hill) revealed that 'The Royals' is truly a work of fiction. "It's a family drama. It's about a family, and it just happens to be a royal family. And it's a fictional family that just happens to be in a real world. It's a royal family, not the royal family," Schwahn said. 'The Royals' premieres on March 15.

Princess Diana Inspired Elizabeth Hurley For 'The Royals'

The Royals follow a fictional modern-day royal family anchored by Queen Helena (Hurley) and King Simon (Vincent Regan). After one of their children dies, the dynasty falls to their unworthy twins, Prince Liam (William Moseley), who, after his brother's death, is thrust into a spotlight he's not prepared for; and Princess Eleanor (Alexandra Park), a boozehound who exudes confidence but is "actually pretty lost."

"There are heroes and there are villains," creator Mark Schwahn told critics. "Rarely are we celebrating the villains. ... These characters are pretty human. Some days they have good days and they're on the better side of things, and some days they're pretty nefarious and kind of fall short."

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