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The Royals: James Lafferty to direct a season 2 episode of the Mark Schwahn series

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Now we know why James Lafferty was absent from the thoroughly documented One Tree Hill reunion that went down over the weekend — he’s been across the pond! 

The actor will be directing an upcoming episode of The Royals, as he revealed on his Instagram Tuesday.

“Thank you Mark Schwahn and every last one of the talented, hardworking cast and crew of @theroyalsone, for letting me be part of their well-deserved 2nd season,” Lafferty captioned an image of a Royals clapper board with his name written on. “Tune. In.”

 

While this isn’t Lafferty’s first time directing, he’s no veteran — his only other directing credits come from One Tree Hill, where he directed four episodes. Since portraying Nathan Scott for nearly 10 years, Lafferty’s acting credits have been similarly scant — maybe he can play the American cousin of Ophelia (Merritt Patterson)!

The second season of The Royals returns to E! in November. 

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