Richard's naming as Protector in place of Edward caused immediate conflict as the Woodville family sought to make Edward V king. Lord Hastings was no supporter of the Queen's wishes and with the help of the Duke of Buckingham they intercepted Edward V on the road to London. The situation itself was a legacy of Edward IV's marriage, which created the rift between the Woodvilles and the older aristocracy. Buckingham was"a headstrong man with a special grudge against the Woodvilles"Richard was confirmed as king in July and was attended by virtually the entire peerage.
The Duke of Buckingham was living at Brecknock, (Brecon) in Wales at the time. Buckingham sent a message to Henry, Earl of Richmond, who was exiled in Brittany. The Bishop of Ely, who was a prisoner of Buckingham and requested him to come to England in haste with the purpose of marrying Elizabeth, the eldest daughter of the late King and take possession of the throne, wrote it. In this, he had the support of many noblemen throughout the south of England including Dorset and the neighbouring counties.