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Controversial royal satire which mocked Prince George, 8, and Prince Philip is SCRAPPED


The controversial animated satire of the royal family which drew criticism for poking fun at eight-year-old Prince George and the late Prince Philip has been scrapped by HBO.

TV series The Prince, which starred Prince Harry‘s friend Orlando Bloom and cost £5million to make,  will not go forward for a second season, the network’s Chief Content Officer has said Casey Bloys told Deadline.

Created by Family Guy producer Gary Janetti, the show depicts Prince George as a child tyrant with expensive taste, a withering sense of humour and a dim view of his family.

The 12-episode series is available to stream in the US on HBO Max but did not make it to UK screens.

It drew criticism for poking fun at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s move to California and portraying the Queen as a trigger-happy, tantrum-throwing syndicate boss.

The Duke of Edinburgh, voiced by Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens, is portrayed as drooling and vacant, and at one point collapses onto the floor while the family continues to talk around him.

The controversial animated satire of the royal family which drew criticism for poking fun at eight-year-old Prince George and the late Prince Philip has been scrapped by HBO. The Duke of Edinburgh, voiced by Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens, is portrayed as drooling and vacant, and at one point collapses onto the floor while the family continues to talk around him

TV series The Prince, created by Family Guy producer Gary Janetti, depicts Prince George as a child tyrant with expensive taste, a withering sense of humour and a dim view of his family

TV series The Prince, created by Family Guy producer Gary Janetti, depicts Prince George as a child tyrant with expensive taste, a withering sense of humour and a dim view of his family

 In another scene he is seen gasping at the dinner table, pointing Prince George to ask an aide to ‘get the defibrillators ready’.

The show was originally due to premiere in the Spring but was delayed following the Duke of Edinburgh’s death on April 9th 2021.

In a statement at the time, the network said: ‘We were saddened to learn of Prince Philip’s passing and will adjust plans for the series debut. A new date will be announced at a later time.’

There was speculation over whether the character would be removed from the series altogether.

However he still appears in scenes, including one showing him gazing gormlessly at Prince William and Kate Middleton, and another in which he eats pureed mush at the dinner table.

The Prince has sparked heated debate amongst viewers over its brutal depiction of the Royal Family, particularly children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

The 12-episode series - which is available to stream in the US on HBO Max  - was originally due to premiere in the Spring but was delayed following the Duke of Edinburgh's death on April 9. It has now been released but still features Prince Philip

The 12-episode series – which is available to stream in the US on HBO Max  – was originally due to premiere in the Spring but was delayed following the Duke of Edinburgh’s death on April 9. It has now been released but still features Prince Philip

One tweeted: ‘Parody of adults is one thing, of children, no matter how protected, it feels uncomfortable and potentially damaging to them.’

Another added: ‘I agree with 100% @SholaMos1 l imagine Prince William and Kate will be upset and angry… the trailer looks dreadful. Yes children are off limits it is cruel.’

Others were unimpressed at the decision to ridicule the Duke of Edinburgh, with one writing: ‘I’m no royal family fan or anything, but seeing as Prince Philip has passed away the way he’s portrayed on #ThePrince on HBO is a little upsetting.’

However others argued comedians should be free to make jokes and defended the right to free speech.

‘Some people will find it funny, some won’t. Why do we always seem to cater for the ones that won’t? Humour isn’t a one size fits all,’ one Twitter user countered.

Prince Harry is shown coming to terms with his post-royal life as he and Meghan arrive in an LA apartment. Looking around, he says: 'This might be the smallest palace I have ever been in'

Prince Harry is shown coming to terms with his post-royal life as he and Meghan arrive in an LA apartment. Looking around, he says: ‘This might be the smallest palace I have ever been in’

Prince George admits he's scared of younger brother Prince Louis, pictured, who is depicted as a thug, while prim and proper Princess Charlotte is chirpy and well-spoken

Prince George admits he’s scared of younger brother Prince Louis, pictured, who is depicted as a thug, while prim and proper Princess Charlotte is chirpy and well-spoken

Speaking at the time the series was delayed journalist and royal commentator Robert Jobson, the author of Prince Philip’s Century: The Extraordinary Life of the Duke of Edinburgh, said the series was tasteless but that Prince Philip would have taken it with a ‘pinch of salt’.

He said: ‘The depiction of the Duke of Edinburgh as an old buffoon is a little cheap and unnecessary, and at this moment in time it may be out of place, but satire has been going on for centuries.

‘He had a sense of humour about his time, and he obviously would’ve taken this with a pinch of salt.’

Controversial scenes from the show include Prince George turning to a nearby royal aide and asks: ‘Do you have any tea that doesn’t taste of p***’ 

The young prince admits he’s scared of younger brother Prince Louis, who is depicted as a thug, while prim and proper Princess Charlotte is chirpy and well-spoken. 

The Prince, created by Family Guy producer Gary Janetti, centres around a fictional version of Prince George as a child tyrant with expensive taste, a withering sense of humour and a dim view of his family - particularly his thuggish brother Louis. It premieres in the US today. Pictured l-r: Camilla, Prince Charles, the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince William and Kate

The Prince, created by Family Guy producer Gary Janetti, centres around a fictional version of Prince George as a child tyrant with expensive taste, a withering sense of humour and a dim view of his family – particularly his thuggish brother Louis. It premieres in the US today. Pictured l-r: Camilla, Prince Charles, the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince William and Kate 

The 12-episode series, which cost £5million to create, is available to stream in the US on HBO Max. It was originally due to premiere in the spring but was pushed back following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh on April 9. Pictured, Prince George

The 12-episode series, which cost £5million to create, is available to stream in the US on HBO Max. It was originally due to premiere in the spring but was pushed back following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh on April 9. Pictured, Prince George 

Prince Harry is shown coming to terms with his post-royal life as he and Meghan arrive in an LA apartment. Looking around, he says to his wife: ‘This might be the smallest palace I have ever been in.’

Meghan corrects him: ‘Well, it’s an apartment,’ to which Harry replies: ‘Yes, an apartment palace, I know that. Lots of tiny palaces inside one big palace.’

Voicing the animated prince is British actor Orlando Bloom, who lives just a stone’s throw from the Sussexes in upmarket Montecito and has become friends with Harry. 

In another scene senior royals – including Prince Philip – are seen having afternoon tea in Buckingham Palace when the Queen jumps up and down in her seat and screams: ‘I would like a treat, I would like a treat, the Queen would like a treat!’

Elsewhere Charles is seen telling Camilla: ‘I want to be King, she’s had her go, now it’s my turn,’ before running out of the door when the Queen calls his name.

Elsewhere Charles is seen telling Camilla: 'I want to be King, she's had her go, now it's my turn,' before running out of the door when the Queen calls his name

Elsewhere Charles is seen telling Camilla: ‘I want to be King, she’s had her go, now it’s my turn,’ before running out of the door when the Queen calls his name

Prince George runs the show in The Prince. A two-minute long trailer shared on Twitter last night offers a taste of what viewers can expect from the irreverent TV series

Prince George runs the show in The Prince. A two-minute long trailer shared on Twitter last night offers a taste of what viewers can expect from the irreverent TV series

The satirical comedy The Prince, which is centred around the royal family, was delayed by the American broadcaster HBO Max

The satirical comedy The Prince, which is centred around the royal family, was delayed by the American broadcaster HBO Max

Prince William is carried out of bed and to the toilet by an attendant when he declares he is ready for a s***.

In another scene, the Queen tells great-grandson Prince George: ‘Sweetheart, you have no idea how much hard work it is to be head of a state family and syndicate,’ before shooting dead an attendant who ‘startles’ her.

An admiring George says: ‘She’s such a bad b***h.’

There had been speculation as to whether the Duke of Edinburgh’s character would be removed from the series in the wake of his death but he still appears in the trailer. 

Last year, creators of the animated series were accused of ‘taking cheap shots’ after a trailer of the upcoming show appeared to mock Prince George, with critics saying the young royal could be adversely affected by his portrayal in the eight-part series.

A producer for rival 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.

‘Some things should be off-limits. It’s morally wrong to use a child to get cheap laughs.’

While TV critic Katherine Singh said: ‘It’s important to remember George is still a child who has had no say in his lot in life.

‘What we say about people, even those who seem untouchable like the Royals, can seriously and negatively affect people. Prince George is old enough to know what’s going on.’

However Mr Janetti, who first began making jibes at the the royal family on his Instagram account, defended the show.

He said: ‘I would hope that he would find it super funny and have a sense of humour about it, and obviously see that everything is meant with affection.’



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