Fury as Prince George and Royal Family mocked in ‘cruel’ animated HBO seriesDecember 6, 2020
A new animated HBO television show has been blasted for allegedly mocking young Prince George.
The show, titled The Prince, will focus on a seven-year-old George who makes life hard for his family and the British monarchy.
The £5million series sees George curse at staff members and joke about his sexuality.
A coronavirus-themed trailer for The Prince sees George sitting on a throne mocking royal staffers.
The clips depict George, voiced by former Family Guy writer Gary Janetti, saying: “Hey guys, it’s me, Prince George… I know self-isolating is difficult and we’re all sick of being stuck in the same 775 rooms, or, you know, studio apartment, it’s different for everyone.
“Stay positive and be nice to your serving staff. They’re doing the best they can, even though lunch f****** sucked today.”
Another clip from the show sees the animated Prince rifle through Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge’s handbag and say: “I can’t find the hand sanitiser, all I see are prescription bottles.”
Former Family Guy writer Mr Janetti has been roundly criticised by Hollywood producers for taking a “cheap shot” at George.
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A rival producer at 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.”
Katherine Singh, a TV critic also weighed in on the controversy surrounding The Prince and Mr Janetti.
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She told the Daily Mail: “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.”
Mr Janetti defended the show, and 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.”
It comes as Netflix has been under fire from royal experts and insiders for its depictions of Prince Charles, Princess Diana and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall in The Crown.
Netflix recently refused to place a disclaimer before each episode of the hit series despite being urged to by Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden.
Speaking out for the first time amid the controversy surrounding the show, Netflix said: “We have always presented The Crown as a drama, and we have every confidence our members understand it’s a work of fiction that’s broadly based on historical events.
“As a result, we have no plans – and see no need – to add a disclaimer.”
- Prince Charles
- Prince George
- Princess Diana
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