Exactly how old is Emily In Paris‘s title character meant to be? The White Princess and The White Queen will be getting a spin-off titled The Spanish Princess, based on the novels of author Philippa Gregory. This show will also have a particularly compelling figure at its center: as Variety notes, Catherine was promised the English throne from childhood. Starz is clearly pleased with how its other Gregory series are doing, but this one could well be the princess show to rule all princess shows. It’s no wonder — she’s the daughter of Spain’s famously fearless Queen Isabella, who raised her with the expectation of one day being Queen of England, a title she sees as her destiny and right. On Thursday, the premium cabler green-lit a limited series titled The Spanish Princess—which will take its cues from the Philippa Gregory novels The Constant Princess and The King’s Curse. About The Spanish Princess. It was first broadcast in the United States on Starz on 9 August 2013. ... to die before they could ascend to king and queen. The White Princess dramatises ‘Lizzie’s’ marriage to the first Tudor king Henry VII, her relationship with her mother the Dowager Queen Elizabeth, and her new mother-in-law, Margaret Beaufort. Cersei Lannister would be proud. The first of Henry VIII’s six wives may not have lost her head, but history books have done her no favours, writing her off as the lacklustre Catholic wife who couldn’t give the king a male heir, ushering in Anne Boleyn and a colossal religious rift. Unlike the first two Gregory properties Starz adapted, The Spanish Princess unfolds within a historical context that viewers probably know a thing or two about already. But they are probably working on other projects, and it’s not a huge deal to me. Her sculpted Spanish. Catherine’s headstrong nature quickly disrupts the Tudor court, with one royal chastising her as a "tricky fox". In the series, “she arrives in England with her court, including her lady-in-waiting Lina, an African Moor. As Catherine’s lady-in-waiting, Lina holds significant prestige, while Oviedo wrestles more with issues of class and religious persecution than the colour of his skin. Catherine’s response to Henry VIII, however, was a TV-worthy lesson in pettiness: she simply declined to recognize Henry’s newfound religious authority and continued to consider herself his rightful wife and queen, even as she lived out the rest of her life banished from the court. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Condé Nast. Maggie abhors the scheming and ambition around her, but the protective mother figure is far from a pushover. As co-showrunner Matthew Graham notes, her late husband’s younger brother, Prince Harry (aka the future Henry VIII, played by Ruairi O’Connor) happily accepted that as fact, whether or not he believed it to be true, and royal wedding bells chimed again. Sadly, Catherine of Aragon’s marriage did not end well—although, in terms of Henry VIII’s breakups, it could have gone worse. Henry VIII, frustrated that their union had not produced any male heirs, eventually broke away from the Catholic Church so that he could annul their marriage and marry Anne Boleyn—who, to be fair, got an even worse deal than Catherine. Stephanie Levi-John calls her character Lina, the responsible, no-nonsense attendant who leads Catherine’s entourage, a "lioness". In Grand Army, Odley Jean breaks Netflix's Black girl mould. Starring Hugh Laurie as Tory minister, Warning: Spoilers ahead for Netflix’s Grand Army. Warning: Major spoilers ahead for Netflix’s Grand Army. Until she claims her marriage was never consummated and that as a virgin she may set her sights on the new heir, the charismatic and headstrong Prince Harry, who will one day rule as King Henry VIII.”. By Laura Bradle y March 15, 2018 I have been anticipating White Princess since White Queen ended. It’s difficult to square that with the vibrant, self-assured and devastatingly beautiful teenaged Catherine of Aragon featured in the new. Starz already has two royal-themed dramas, The White Queen and The White Princess—both of which, Variety notes, are also based on Gregory’s novels. Will be used in accordance with our Privacy Policy. "I really hope I’ve done it justice.". The White Queen premiered first in 2013, followed by The White Princess four years later—at just the perfect time to capture the attention of Game of Thrones fans awaiting Season 7’s summer premiere. Nadia Parkes' Rosa, meanwhile, is more wide-eyed innocent, but grows in strength as she experiences more of the world. Explicit descriptions of sexual violence as well. I am a disappointed that it’s not the same actors. Who needs soap operas when Catherine gave the world one of the juiciest plots in all of history? © 2020 Condé Nast. Whether she’s telling off the king or rejecting royal norms, Catherine asserts her independence early on.