Poor Prince Albert! He may be married to the most powerful woman in the world, but without a proper role in the royal household he still feels like mere decoration.

And there are quite a few people keen to keep him in his place, including the Duke of Sussex (David Bamber), who humiliates Albert at dinner – but Victoria has a plan up her sleeve to get her new husband the respect she thinks he deserves. But will proud Albert accept the Queen’s help?

Meanwhile, there’s gossip below stairs as the servants speculate on the arrival of a royal baby, and Miss Skerrett realises the only person who can save her child from certain death is the man she trusts the least.