I don't own anything to do with the BBC production of Merlin - I wish I did though.
He knew he was breaking both their hearts as he walked away. He knew it was his duty to marry a lady of noble birth - his father had told him so enough times. He knew his father meant well, but it didn't stop the tears of frustration he shed that night when he was alone in his room.
Why did he have to go and fall in love with Gwen? She was a servant - Morgana's maid and yet so honest and fair. Arthur knew that there would never be a better woman to be the future Queen of Camelot anywhere.
That was the reason he told himself as he went to Morgana's room the next morning to find Gwen, knowing that Morgana had gone out into the woods and was not expected back until the evening. As he expected, Gwen was hard at work putting Morgana's clean clothes away into the wardrobe.
"Guinevere," he said in the tone that made her go weak at the knees every time.
Gwen jumped, having been previously oblivious to his presence.
"Sire … Arthur, what are you doing here?"
"I've made a terrible mistake," he responded gravely. Gwen said nothing, so he continued.
"I let you down because I'm too much of a coward to stand up to my father. I promised I wouldn't but then broke that promise within hours. My father will get back from hunting tomorrow morning and I will tell him that I want to marry you … only if that's what you want, I mean I wouldn't do that if you don't want to marry me. I just presumed, as usual, and hoped that you'd want to."
Gwen had to suppress a giggle at Arthur's bumbling.
"Of course I want to marry you, but I know how much your father matters to you and I can not be the one to destroy that relationship. I love you Arthur, and for that I would wait a lifetime to marry you if I had to."