“Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.” – Henry IV
Politically outmaneuvered by Prime Minister Urquhart.
According to the Wikipedia page for To Play the King, in the original novel by Michael Dobbs the King is not forced to give in to any demand by Urquhart to abdicate but instead “willingly abdicates ahead of the general election, indicating that he will stand against Urquhart. In fact, he insists on his abdication being handled before Urquhart can call the election. Rather than feeling confident that the King has been politically neutered, Urquhart is left feeling that the ground is slipping beneath him.” How satisfying would it have been to see the King hold the upper hand over Urquhart in the dramatized version also as he thinks he does here: