Four days ago, the major US network HBO launched a scathing animated comedy about the royal family called The Prince, starring a camp and the bitchy eight-year-old Prince George.
The series from caustic Family Guy writer and social media sensation Gary Janetti is as filthy a portrayal of our monarchy as you’ll ever see in the mainstream media.
The Queen is swearing and unstable, depicted shooting a courtier within six minutes of the first episode.
Prince William is portrayed as an emotionless diva who demands that his servants carry him to the toilet in the middle of the night.
Prince Charles is the pathetic queen of the court, angry with his own mother (“she let her go, now it’s my turn,” he says of the queen in a conversation with Camilla).
The Duchess of Cornwall herself is portrayed as a domestic abuser who, in a disturbing scene, punches Charles in the face so hard that he falls to the floor.
But it’s the depiction of Prince George – the main character seen on screen more than any other royal – that is so humbling.
DAN WOOTTON: It’s the depiction of Prince George – the main character seen more on screen than any other royal – that’s so humiliating
DAN WOOTTON: As we all know, Prince Harry and Meghan have been campaigning prominently against the media in recent years. HBO’s show The Prince is everything Harry and Meghan claim to despise – an unfounded mistrust attack to help a media conglomerate turn a profit – so why the silence?
Effeminate, camping and weight-obsessed, the implication of what Gary – a 55-year-old gay man – is trying to say about this young boy is obvious to all.
Janetti’s Prince George dances to Lady Gaga songs in his room, sits cross-legged, bitches about his hapless friends and demands that royal courtiers apply moisturizing cream to his face before going to bed.
It’s a really disturbing and twisted watch that I think could have ramifications for the mental health of our future king as he is nearing an age where his classmates and friends will soon be exposed to this nonsense on the internet.
As we all know, Prince Harry and Meghan have been running a prominent campaign against the media in recent years.
It has now been over 100 hours since this comedy was launched on a major platform in the US and there has been radio silence from the Sussex about this direct attack on their family, including their innocent young nephew.
Given how quick they’ve been to blow up other media organizations for a lot less, isn’t that hypocrisy?
After all, the Prince is everything Harry and Meghan claim to despise – an unwarranted mistrust attack to help a media conglomerate turn a profit – so why the silence?
Prince Harry comes to terms with his post-royal life when he and Meghan arrive at an LA apartment. Looking around, he says: ‘This may be the smallest palace I’ve ever been to’
The Duke of Edinburgh, voiced by Dan Stevens of Downton Abbey, is depicted as drooling and empty, at one point falling to the ground as the family continues to talk around him
The Duke of Edinburgh eats mashed, mushy food while the rest of the family gathers for a hearty meal in one scene from The Prince
I know exactly why.
This show was created by their new Hollywood buddies – neighbor Orlando Bloom even voices the animated version of Harry.
It targets their main royal rivals, the Cambridges, while the Sussexes themselves remain largely unscathed.
Compared to the other royals, the way Harry is portrayed as a bit weak and Meghan as mildly ambitious is positively sedate.
And their own child Archie is not starring, unlike William and Kate’s children, George, Charlotte and Louis.
That’s like Janetti’s brutal Instagram account – followed by more than 900,000 people, including many influential celebrities – which has saved its heaviest barbs for the Cambridges.
The Hollywood celebrity hypocrisy knows no bounds.
In May, Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner spoke out to paparazzi photographers taking photos of her one-year-old daughter with husband Joe Jonas, saying, “She didn’t ask for this life… it’s disgusting.”
Now she has signed up to receive a huge HBO paycheck for voicing an unflattering portrayal of six-year-old Princess Charlotte.
You couldn’t make this up.
TV series The Prince, created by Family Guy producer Gary Janetti, portrays Prince George as a child tyrant with expensive taste, a scathing sense of humor and a vague view of his family
The 12-episode series – which can be streamed in the US on HBO Max but not yet aired in the UK – was originally set to premiere in the spring, but was postponed following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh on April 9. has been released, but still contains Prince Philip
Or check out the verbal flips Orlando Bloom tried to justify being part of a series trolling his new buddy Harry’s blood relatives.
In a recent interview he said: ‘I hadn’t met him yet’ [Prince Harry] when I signed up to do it, and then I met him and he’s such a nice guy. This man is so nice, and I think he has a great sense of humor. I hope he sticks with that as they are kind of on a pedestal. We show genuine worship to them in one form or another. I try to justify it because honestly, if I’m being honest, it’s not my habit to make fun of anyone, but it’s done with affection. When I was in my mid-twenties, there were so many different people laughing at me and in a way it’s a sign of appreciation.’
Um, you keep telling yourself that, mate.
Prince William and Kate have developed a much more mature attitude about how to deal with the media over the past five years.
They now accept that reporting about them is fair game given their role as future king and queen, but have tried to build a positive working relationship with newspapers and TV channels, while speaking out on matters that really matter. such as William’s blistering attack on the BBC in the wake of the damning investigation into Martin Bashir’s interview with his mother, Princess Diana.
But the one non-negotiable area of their lives is protecting their children at any cost.
They will both rightly be shocked by the HBO series as it casts their three beloved children as the main characters.
Some of their anger will probably be directed at the Sussexes as well.
There’s no denying that Harry and Meghan’s constant attacks on the royals have created such a toxic climate that a show like The Prince is considered acceptable in the US when it wouldn’t be in the UK.
The Sussexes want Americans to think the royal family is full of racist and sexist bullies who cruelly reject mental health issues.
As far as the US media is concerned, the British royals are now fair game.
Harry and Meghan are the California wakeful champions who should be celebrated with fawning documentaries, TV series, podcasts and articles for being brave enough to break free.
Now I don’t say for a second that the royal family should not be castigated or expect difficult reporting.
For example, I’ve never complained about Channel 4’s unfunny comedy, The Windsors, because it leaves the kids alone, and I think news organizations have a duty to discover unflattering royal stories that are in the public interest, just like the Prince Andrew’s inappropriate friendship with the pedophile Jeffrey Epstein who banned him from public life.
But The Prince takes a back seat – against a defenseless eight-year-old whose life will be hard enough as it is.
If Prince Harry and Meghan don’t speak out against such a despicable series, even though it was made by their Hollywood friends, then their credibility is to have once again shot criticism at the media.