The Royals has always had a delightful tongue-in-cheek tone to it, but that reached a whole new level with the season 3 premiere Sunday night.
After bemoaning her dry spell to her assistant (who moonlights as a dominatrix, of course), Elizabeth Hurley’s Queen Helena agrees to a dalliance with a male escort. His name, we soon learn, was “Huge Grant.”
Sound familiar? Well, it definitely should. Hurley and actor Hugh Grant dated from 1987 until 2000. In 1995, their relationship reached peak tabloid fodder when Grant famously solicited the services of a prostitute. However, the pair remains close friends and supporters of one another.
Still, we’re guessing the actor’s reaction to this not-so-subtle (but hilarious) jab was somewhat similar to Helena’s reaction to her assistant: “If you smile, you’re fired.”
The Royals airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on E!.