The portrayal of Prince Philip in HBO’s new animated satirical comedy, “The Prince,” has been criticized by a royal commentator, who said its inclusion was “quite distasteful” given his recent death. Gary Janetti’s 12-part series Mocking the Royal Family was initially delayed due to the Duke of Edinburgh’s passing, but his character is believed to be “too hard to suppress” and therefore remains in the comedy.
Royal expert Rebecca English told MailPlus Palace Confidential: “There is a bit of disgust at the inclusion of Prince Philip.
“Now I have to point out that this program was made before Prince Philip’s death in April and in fact its airing was postponed because of it, but they still included the character of Prince Philip, probably because they thought that ‘it was too hard to remove.
“Looking back, it’s pretty nasty, there are a lot of jokes about his impending demise and poor health and there are a lot of people who feel pretty angry and uncomfortable about it.”
The HBO series premiered on July 29 and received mixed reviews from viewers and critics alike.
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Throughout the episodes, Prince Philip is portrayed as barely alive, needing to be recharged overnight and force-fed by his royal parents.
In one scene, Prince William forces his mouth open to pour tea into it, while the Duke remains motionless.
The series has also been criticized for its portrayal of Prince George, the eight-year-old son of Prince William and Kate.
Set as the main character, the young prince is portrayed as spoiled and egotistical, with an obsession with spreading royal gossip.
Family Guy co-creator Gary Janetti adapted the series after winning an Instagram account for his short sketches of Prince George.
The series has attracted a number of prominent Hollywood celebrities including Sophie Turner and Dan Stevens, Orlando Bloom voicing his friend and neighbor Prince Harry.
Janetti defended her series, stating that the show was “never wanted to be anything but make people laugh and be silly and funny ”.
Prince Philip died at Windsor Castle on April 9, 2021 with the Queen reportedly at his bedside.
At the time of his death, he was 99 years old and the oldest husband in Britain.