The Royals‘ Queen Helena will be a widow when season 2 picks up this fall. So could she be courting a new suitor?
“I don’t think I’m allowed to say that,” star Elizabeth Hurley told PEOPLE slyly at Wednesday night’s Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Estée Lauder Companies’ cocktail party at Bloomingdale’s in New York. “All I can say is that she does have a very exciting journey.”
But Hurley, 50, did hint that Helena shows off her wild side now that her children have been removed from the line of succession and her devious brother-in-law wears the crown.
“We know she’s a ruthless leader, and we definitely get to explore more of her naughtiness, I suppose you could say, she said.
Princess Eleanor, played by Alexandra Park, “goes through quite a transition,” and Joan Collins returns for four episodes as Helena’s mother, the Grand Duchess Alexandra of Oxford, Hurley said.
“She’s brilliant, and horrific as well!” Hurley said of the dame. “She does some fabulous things and of course looks phenomenal.”
It’s a disease Hurley has dedicated her life to fighting as global ambassador for Estée Lauder’s Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign. This October, the actress is asking supporters to “share your action” on the BCA website, encouraging people to upload stories, photos or videos of themselves getting mammograms, checking their breasts or organizing creative fundraisers.
The organization has raised $58 million for research so far, but Hurley, who lost her grandmother to breast cancer in 1992, believes the battle isn’t over.
“Every year when we come back to do more breast cancer awareness raising and fundraising, an awful lot’s happened during the year with breast cancer,” she explained. “There’s good news where we hear about research breakthroughs, more money being raised, more research scientists. But in the last two months I’ve had two friends who’ve died from breast cancer, so there’s always something more to bring to the table, and there’s always something more inspirational to keep us going with the fight to raise more money, more awareness and, hopefully, finally put an end to the disease.”
As for her TV drama’s return, Hurley hasn’t heard of any real-life British royals tuning in.
“But I just have a feeling that they watch the show and love the show,” she said, smiling. “I think they’re dying for it to come on every week to see what’s going on.”
The Royals season 2 premieres Nov. 15 at 10 p.m. ET on E!