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Prince George parody in ‘cruel’ TV series sparks fury – ‘Leave children alone!’

The Prince trailer released by HBO Max

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Prince George is the protagonist of HBO Max’s new TV series ‘The Prince’, an adult animated show which portrays, with a parodic twist, the day-to-day life at the Palace as seen through the lens of a heavily fictionalised eight-year-old heir to the throne. The show, which features key members of the Royal Family including the Cambridges, the Sussexes and the Queen, is being released today on the US streaming service.

However, its trailer has left many social media users fuming, with some branding the show “inappropriate” and “disrespectful”.

In the two-minute trailer, a character who appears to have been inspired by Prince Louis enters a room and rudely asks for tea before drinking it and smashing the cup on the floor.

Fictionalised Prince George comments saying: “Okay, that kid freaks me out.”

Another scene shows Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in a home in California, with the fictionalised Duke saying: “This may be the smallest palace I have ever been in.”

To which Meghan replies: “Well, it’s an apartment.”

Harry responds: “Yes, an apartment palace, I know that. Lots of tiny palaces inside one big palace.” 

Royal author Omid Scobie wrote on Twitter: “Don’t particularly agree with parodying children but guessing I’m in the minority as @hbomax’s no-f****-given series #ThePrince hits the streamer tomorrow. Thoughts?”

In a second tweet he shared the messages of a few social media users agreeing with his take on the show.

One wrote: “Kids should be off-limits.”

Another said: “I don’t care for the family members that are still on that little island, but this is wrong on so many levels. Leave children alone.”

Mr Scobie also wrote: “Royals have been parodied on dozens of shows over the years (Spitting Image, The Windsors, SNL etc) but this is the first time I can recall children being targeted. 

“It may be ‘comedy’ but it comes across as creepy and borderline-bullying.

“Seems like many of you feel the same…”

Fans of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and those of the Windsors in the UK appear to have found common ground on this.

One supporter of Meghan and Harry tweeted: “This the first time I see SussexSquad and Kensington fans agreeing on something.

“Children are off-limits and based on this guy’s Insta[gram account] he shouldn’t be offered a show. Shame on you @hbomax.” 

Another supporter of the Sussexes said: “This is gross. Children should be off-limits. Period.”

A royal watcher made a comparison with another satirical TV series mocking members of the Royal Family – Channel 4’s The Windsors.

They said: “The Windsors is hilarious because it doesn’t touch on the children. This cartoon is cruel and in bad taste.

“Poor Prince George will have to go to school with other kids who would have seen the show.”

Another said: “I feel sorry for him. He’s such a cute little boy. 

“When his dad was young, streaming and social media weren’t around. Culture had integrity.

“You couldn’t leap from Instagram account bashing a kid to a budget for an HBO series.

“It’s nice he has the Middletons, out of the public eye.”

Yet another royal fan said: “This looks so, incredibly unfunny. Along with the so many things that are wrong with it, the fact that they use George’s ‘real’ school uniform is disgustingly creepy to me.”

And another Twitter user added: “No no no no. The adults of the Royal Family, fine do whatever you like I guess.

“But George & the other royal children should be off-limits.

“Just make up a Royal Family if you really wanna do ‘What if Stewie Griffin was a prince’.” 

‘The Prince’ was created by Gary Janetti, who used to publish jokes he imagined being made by Prince George at the expense of other members of the Royal Family, including Meghan and Archie Harrison, on his Instagram account.

In the 12-episode series, Mr Janetti is voicing Prince George.

Hollywood stars Orlando Bloom, Sophie Turner and Frances de la Tour are also part of the voice cast.

The show was originally meant to premiere in April but was pushed back following the passing of Prince Philip – who is also featured in the series.

Express.co.uk has contacted HBOMax for comment. 

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