In 1861 nineteen-year-old Bertie, Prince of Wales, began an affair
with the Irish actress Nellie Cliffden. By Royal Appointment is a
fictionalised account of their story, based on true events.
In the years following the Great Famine of the 1840’s, Queen Victoria
has become deeply unpopular in Ireland. In 1861, as an official visit
from the monarch is planned to win over her Irish subjects, her son
Bertie is dispatched to County Kildare for military training as part
of the charm offensive.
Bertie has undergone a life of duty, protocol and a harsh educational
regime. As a frantic search is under way to find him a suitable
princess to marry, he relishes the prospect of freedom from court life
in Ireland. There, he is quickly introduced to a life of decadence and
soon presented to the notorious actress Nellie Cliffden.
Nellie is as famous for her shocking behaviour as her beauty. A famine
orphan who has climbed the ladder of society by any means she could,
even she is shocked to find herself in the company of the Prince of Wales.
When Bertie and Nellie fall in love, the royal family is engulfed in a
scandal threatening the future of the monarchy and Nellie becomes a
pawn in a dangerous world of power, politics and blackmail.