(I mean, even Her Majesty has been seen on a train since the 80s.)It strikes me that there is nothing about Elizabeth that is casual, from the way she pronounces the word ‘yes’ (variants on yup or yah), to her perfectly applied soft grey eye make-up, to the fact she lives part-time in a house that she admits has more bedrooms than she could ever possibly need.When The Royals first aired last year there was much talk about it being based on the real Royal Family, but by the end of the first season Queen Helena’s husband King Simon has been stabbed to death, her first-born son is also dead, she has had sex with her daughter’s boyfriend and her brother-in-law has orchestrated a hit on her lover.
There aren’t that many women of any age who could pull it off.
‘I hear you – I’m not that happy about it either,’ she jokes.
She modelled the character of Queen Helena on Joan Collins’s Alexis Carrington in Dynasty, and, at Elizabeth’s suggestion, Joan was cast as Helena’s mother, the Grand Duchess of Oxford, a part that gets much more airtime in series two. You can create fabulous new relationships but it will never be quite the same as that one,’ said Elizabeth (pictured at the premiere of Four Weddings and a Funeral in 1994)Like all royals, pseudo or otherwise, Elizabeth is impeccably well-connected: Elton John and David Furnish are best friends, Brooklyn and Romeo Beckham are godchildren, and she continues to move in the stratospheric celebrity circles into which she was first flung when she wore that Versace dress to the premiere of Four Weddings and a Funeral in 1994.
‘Oh you’re very kind, it’s all about backlighting,’ she insists.)Joan Collins is Elizabeth’s glamorous co-star in E!
’s TV show The Royals, which we’ve met to discuss over breakfast in a Soho hotel.
But never mind discussing toyboys or TV shows, one of the most fascinating things I quickly learn about Elizabeth is that she hasn’t taken a train since around 1985.
It is easy to see why Elizabeth was first choice to play Helena, the fictitious Queen of England: she is probably more regal than many real-life royals.
Despite playing racy Queen Helena in hit TV series The Royals, real life for recently single Elizabeth Hurley is more about jam-making than bed-hopping.
But, as she tells Amy E Williams, the dating scene beckons – and she’s not ruling out a younger man‘Most of the people I meet also have ex-girlfriends or ex-wives and children.