Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and the entire Royal Family have been mocked in a sharp new satire on the British Crown titled ‘The Prince’ – which parodies the life of a tyrannical Prince George.
The 12-episode royal satire debuted on Thursday at midnight after delays due to Prince Harry and Meghan’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey and Prince Philip’s death earlier this year.
‘The Prince’ follows the fictional trials and tribulations of young Prince George of Cambridge, who is currently third in line for the throne.
â€˜The Princeâ€™ Animated Comedy Series Satirizing British Royals Ordered By HBO Max From Gary Janetti â€“ Deadline https://t.co/TCmHQ7KFXT
— Gary Janetti (@GaryJanetti) January 21, 2020
No high-profile Royal has been spared in the biting comedy with Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, the Queen, Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prince Charles all featuring in the series.
The mastermind behind the animated parody was Family Guy producer Gary Janetti who has popularised the new release on his Instagram page.
In one scene Prince Harry and Meghan’s move to California is ridiculed with the Duke’s cartoon character labelling a roomy flat the “smallest palace” he had ever been in.
When corrected and told he was in an apartment Prince Harry immediately said, “I know that. Lots of tiny palaces inside one big palace”.
This dim-witted portrayal of the runaway prince was voiced by Orlando Bloom who is believed to be a close friend and neighbour to the former working royals.
Mr Bloom revealed he had not met the prince when he signed onto the job.
He admitted to press in August 2020 he was nervous to take the role saying, “I’m a British boy who’s very proud of my roots.”
“I try to justify it, because quite frankly, if I’m honest, it’s not like me to poke fun at anyone but it is done with affection.”
Prince Charles also features in the series as a power-hungry future monarch who is still frightened of his mother.
“I want to be King, she’s had her go, now it’s my turn,” Prince Charles tells Camilla in one scene before obediently running out of the door when the Queen calls his name.
Elsewhere Prince William is carried out of bed and to the bathroom by an attendant when he declares his need to relieve himself.
The irreverent comedy also shows the Queen shooting dead an attendant who surprises her after telling her great-grandson Prince George, “Sweetheart, you have not idea how much hard work it is to be head of a state family”.
The new series has attracted criticism from a range of sources with some suggesting Prince William and Kate’s royal children should be off limits.
With the release of the awful cartoon “The Prince”, I’m sending extra love to the Cambridges today! No kids should be mocked like this for money.. shame on @hbomax for allowing this to go ahead ðŸ‘ŽðŸ»ðŸ‘ŽðŸ»ðŸ‘ŽðŸ» we all love you Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ pic.twitter.com/TSkH0xpDXY
— The Cambridges (@loveforcambridg) July 29, 2021
A rival producer for Disney Studios said, “It’s one thing for film-makers to play fast and loose with the truth in shows like The Crown but poking fun at a seven-year-old child seems cruel and unfair”.
Mr Janetti defended the show and said his aim was to make the show “super funny” and hoped people would see “everything is meant with affection”.
HBO Max’s new series boasts a star-studded line-up of voice actors including Orlando Bloom, Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens and the sitcom’s creator Gary Janetti.
‘The Prince’ Voice Actor cast
Gary Janetti as Prince George
Orlando Bloom as Prince Harry
Dan Stevens as Prince Charles and Prince Phillip
Sophie Turner as Princess Charlotte
Iwan Rheon as Prince William
Lucy Punch as Kate Middleton
Condola Rashad as Meghan Markle
Frances de la Tour as Queen Elizabeth
Guest stars include Andy Cohen, Brad Goreski, Kelly Ripa, Paul Anderson, Samuel Barnett, Sacha Dhawan and from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Garcelle Beauvais, Erika Jayne, Dorit Kemsley, Teddi Mellencamp, Kyle Richards and Lisa Rinna.
The series cost five million pounds to produce and a two-minute teaser trailer was released online ahead of airing.
Queen ‘disappointed’ with Meghan Markle, Harry over christening move
Queen Elizabeth is reportedly ‘disappointed’ over Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s move to christen Lilibet within the US and a former butler believes she’ll be heartbroken to miss such a special event.
Some former staffers even fear she’ll be utterly heartbroken if she is not able to participate in the grand event.
The Firm’s former royal butler Grant Harrold made this claim during his interview with Express.
There he speculated upon the possible plan of action Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may take regarding the christening, for the Queen, and claimed, “I am sure if this does not take place in the UK, the Queen will be disappointed to not attend the christening of her great-granddaughter.”
He also went on to add, “However, as with many families who have family overseas, sometimes it is not possible.”
“Maybe their christening will be recorded so the family in the UK can watch as well? Family is very important to the Queen and I am sure before too long she will meet her great-granddaughter.”
31 photos that prove Prince William and Kate Middleton are trying to change their public image
As the future king and queen consort of England, the Cambridges will always have a different set of rules and expectations than Harry and Markle ever did as senior royals. But Eric Schiffer, an expert on celebrity brand management, told Insider that when it came to the couple’s public-relations strategy, Middleton and William took “little risk” before Markle and Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey in March.
“They were manicured to the nth degree,” he said, “and played their public persona with a Buckingham Palace excellence, out of the playbook that’s been mastered for centuries.”
Before the pandemic, William and Middleton almost never posted videos on their official Instagram page. If they did, it was usually a slideshow of photos or a clip played over one of the prince’s formal speeches.
The Cambridges also rarely showed affection toward each other in public, believed to be in line with royal etiquette.
But Markle and Harry’s explosive interview with Oprah hurt the royal family’s reputation.
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Harry and Markle during their interview with Oprah. CBS
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex dropped several bombshells during the two-hour interview. Markle said Middleton had made her cry over a flower-girl dress (not the other way around, as some publications had reported), while Harry said he and William were “on different paths.”
Markle and Harry also said that they received no support from the royal family when Markle began experiencing suicidal thoughts and that some royals had “concerns” about their son’s skin color.
Schiffer told Insider that the interview released a “giant smoke bomb” that affected the royal family’s reputation while boosting Markle and Harry’s global image, helping them connect “with people’s humanity and their own struggles.”
“It created this contrast, and Harry and Meghan’s PR strategy, in essence, is to be the unanointed modern-day royals of the populace,” he said. “This is a populist strategy.”
Days after the Oprah interview, William and Middleton shared personal family photos on their official Instagram page.
Kate Middleton Prince William Mother's Day Cake
A cake that Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis made for Mother’s Day in the UK. DukeandDuchessofCambridge/Instagram
On March 14, Mother’s Day in the UK, the couple posted pictures of cards and a cake they said their children — Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis — had made to remember Princess Diana.
“For those experiencing bereavement, today may be particularly challenging,” one of the captions said. “Each year on Mother’s Day, George, Charlotte and Louis make cards remembering their Granny, Diana, for William.”
That week, Middleton visited children at a school in London that had reopened after the UK eased lockdown restrictions.
Middleton interacts with a child during a visit to School21 on March 11. JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images
Clare McHugh, a royal historian, told Insider that Middleton and William’s swift new PR strategy was one that the royal family has used since Queen Victoria and Prince Albert took the throne in the 1840s.
“That was a revolutionary moment in Europe when all sorts of monarchies were being overturned,” McHugh said. “They had to find a way to make the monarchy seem more appealing so that it would stick around.
“So they fought back by showing, oh, no, the monarchy is just like you,” she added. “They showcased their children much more than any monarch had done before.”
Weeks before their 10th anniversary, the Cambridges returned to Westminster Abbey, which had been turned into a coronavirus vaccination center.
Middleton appeared to pay tribute to the church’s history by sporting a white knee-length coat. The couple also walked down the same aisle that they walked down on their wedding day.
On April 27, Middleton and William played with children and animals at a farm in Durham, England.
‘Been warned’ Meghan and Harry keeping away from UK after PR disaster, says Lady C
MEGHAN MARKLE and Prince Harry have been “warned off” returning to England after “a lot of bad publicity” following their interview with Oprah Winfrey back in March, claims Lady Colin Campbell.
Meghan Markle, 40, has not been back to the UK since moving permanently to the United States last year with her husband Prince Harry, 37, and their young son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, two. Since their transatlantic relocation, the couple have given a number of interviews to the media, including a tell-all sit down with Oprah Winfrey at the beginning of the year, which left critics divided over their comments on the Royal Family.
The Sussexes had claimed they felt racial prejudice from an unnamed member of the Royal Family after the birth of their son Archie.
They alleged the senior royal questioned “how dark” Archie would be in tandem with talks over whether the baby should receive a prince title.
Since then Prince Harry has flown back to the UK just twice, once to attend the funeral of his grandfather Prince Philip and also to attend the unveiling of a statue in his late mother, Princess Diana’s honour.
On both occasions, the duke has been unaccompanied by his wife, Archie, or newborn daughter Lilibet.
Many have questioned if the Sussexes will ever visit the UK as a family ever again, and now Lady Colin Campbell has claimed the “bad publicity” from some sections of media is preventing their return.
In her latest YouTube video, Lady Colin said: “They know they are going to be subjected to a lot of bad publicity, and they have been warned.
“I am reliably informed that the bad publicity they are getting is affecting their brand. So really they have been warned off coming to England.”
Her comments come as Prince Harry confirmed he would not be attending an event to celebrate his mother’s statue unveiling.