'The Royals' star William Moseley: 'I remember Prince Philip cracking jokes!'

By: Nicole Carrington

William Moseley first made a name for himself as Peter, the ultimate ruler in The Chronicles of Narnia film franchise, and now he's taken a throne of another sort in the beloved new drama The Royals, a fictitious tale about a modern royal family.

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The British star, 27, plays spirited Prince Liam – a dashing aristocrat who gets into more trouble than an heir to the throne should. “When you’re young and you’ve got money and power and a get-out-of-jail-free card, I think a lot of people might go off the rails,” says William, in defence of his alter ego. Here, the actor talks about the thrill of playing a young king-to-be – and the experience of meeting some real royals.

How exciting is it to play a young royal?
It’s so fun! I have the best of both worlds. I get to show up to set and have all the fun and wildness of being a prince and then I go home and everything’s normal. It’s what you dream about when you act – it’s transformative.

Liam deals with a type of fame and lack of anonymity. As an actor, can you relate?
I think people strive for fame because they think it will validate their place on the earth. [When you’re an actor], people do come up to you and ask for your picture, and that’s flattering to a degree but beyond that … In my experience, it’s made me self-conscious. Second time around, with the way TV goes into people’s homes, I have no idea what it will be like. I’m just going to try to be as humble as I can be.

William plays Prince Liam (Right) in The Royals (Sunday nights at 10 PM on E!).

You met the Queen in 2010, at the première of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. What do you remember about the experience?
I just remember Prince Philip cracking jokes! And I don’t really remember what the Queen asked me – just if I liked this and that. You look into her face and you don’t see any arrogance. She has a very caring, loving face.

What have you learned from working with Royals co-stars like Joan Collins and Elizabeth Hurley?
The funny thing is, you meet these stars and you realize how normal they are. I remember [Elizabeth] saying of the very big people she’s worked with, they all work incredibly hard, surprisingly hard. And she said [hard work] really is the key to all of this.

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