Prince George: GMB guests discuss animation
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The Prince, released by US broadcaster HBO, depicts the life of young George and his trials and tribulations behind the walls of Buckingham Palace. Since confirmation of its release, and ultimate showing on screens across the pond, critics have hit out at the satirical show, which also mocks the eight-year-old’s parents Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, as well as his uncle and aunt Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. It sparked a huge debate on ITV’s Good Morning Britain (GMB) today, with Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu arguing the show was “not funny” and that children were “off-limits” when it came to ridicule.
But when details of the show emerged back in March, commentator Stephen Armstrong claimed that the backlash against the show could become so fierce, that it may see the likes of William and Harry team up in their condemnation of the programme.
He was referring to the recent rows that have dominated royal discussion, where Harry and Meghan have launched a series of allegations towards The Firm, over issues such as racism and mental health.
This has seen division emerge between brothers William and Harry, as well as the Duke of Sussex and his father Prince Charles.
But writing for the Telegraph earlier this year, for a piece titled ‘The Royal Family will soon be united – in hatred of HBO’s ‘cruel’ Prince George satire The Prince’, Mr Armstrong said Gary Janetti’s creation could enrage supporters of both the Sussexes and the Cambridges.
He wrote: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will secure a lucrative deal with HBO and unite the Windsors by giving them all the same target to hate.
“So, all hail Gary Janetti, creator of upcoming HBO Max animated series The Prince.
“You may not have heard of him yet, but he’s soon to be even more unpopular than Piers Morgan among a certain sector of royal watchers.”
Mr Janetti, who has previously worked on hits such as Family Guy and Will and Grace, came to the forefront of royal observers’ minds thanks to his Instagram account.
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The account merged pictures of George with shots of royal life, with sarcastic comments written underneath – with Meghan one of the main targets for his punchlines.
Mr Janetti himself voices George, while Orlando Bloom is Harry and Iwan Rheon cast as William.
And the cheap shots at the royals, including a running joke that compares Charles’ wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, to a horse, will see both sides of the Windsor family unite in its anger.
Mr Armstrong added: “Cambridge supporters hate the very idea of the show for its whole camp-as-Christmas George, and question the morality of making a small child the focus of an adult satire.
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“Meanwhile, Team Meghan commentators have already labelled Janetti ‘witless, deeply sexist, and lazy as all hell’.
“Tom Hollander – originally lined up to play Charles and Phillip – has sidled quietly away from the project, allowing Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens to lose any chance of a knighthood in his place.”
The show was originally set to give live earlier this year, but due to the passing of Prince Philip at the age of 99 in April, its release was pushed back.
Alongside Mr Armstrong, other figures from TV and film companies also hit out at The Prince.
A producer at Disney, argued “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 [then] seven-year-old child seems cruel and unfair”.
They added: “Some things should be off-limits. It’s morally wrong to use a child to get cheap laughs.”
Meanwhile, Kayleigh Donaldson of Pajiba, criticised Janetti, saying that the series “lacks intent and appropriate targets”.
She concluded: “It’s just post after post of a 54-year-old man pretending to be a child so that he can spew the mundane level of misogyny that both the general public and the royal media already deal in.”
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