Paul Burrell shocked by Prince Harry viewing The Prince with 'humour'

Paul Burrell slams Prince Harry for ‘seeing the funny side’ of animated satire The Prince that takes aim at Prince George and Prince Philip – and says he should ‘speak up and defend his family’

  • Princess Diana ‘s former butler Paul Burrell criticised HBO Max’s 12-part series 
  • The Prince has sparked a backlash over its decision to mock George, eight, 
  • Centres around fictional version of George as a child tyrant with expensive taste

Paul Burrell has shared his disappointment that Prince Harry has not condemned the portrayal of his nephew Prince George in the controversial animated series The Prince.

Talking to Closer magazine, Princess Diana’s former butler, 63, criticised HBO Max’s 12-part series, which has sparked a backlash over its decision to mock George, eight, and his siblings Charlotte, five, and Louis, three, as well as its depiction of the late Duke of Edinburgh.   

The show centres around a fictional version of George as a child tyrant with expensive taste, a withering sense of humour and a dim view of his family, while Prince Harry is played by Orlando Bloom and depicted as an inattentive father who has to work at a coffee shop to pay the bills after his TV projects fail. 

Paul said he believes it could be ‘extremely damaging to target a young boy and mock him’ in the way the cartoonists have, and suggested Harry should ‘speak up and defend his family’.

He added that he was shocked to see The Prince creator Gary Janetti claim on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen earlier this month, that Harry ‘seemed to have a sense of humour about’ it all.

Paul Burrell has shared his disappointment that Prince Harry has not condemned the portrayal of his nephew Prince George in the controversial animated series The Prince (pictured)

The show centres around a fictional version of George as a child tyrant with expensive taste, a withering sense of humour and a dim view of his family, while Prince Harry (pictured) is played by Orlando Bloom and depicted as an inattentive father who has to work at a coffee shop to pay the bills after his TV projects fail

Paul suggested that if it ‘were Archie and Lilibet being mocked’ – Harry’s two children with his 40-year-old wife Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex – then legal action would’ve followed.  However, Archie does feature in the show. 

Paul said: ‘It seems ironic to me that while Meghan and Harry are happy to lend their voices to supporting mental health charities, they can’t seem to speak up and defend their family.

‘I’ve seen The Prince and it’s extremely damaging to target a young boy and mock him in the way the cartoonists have done. 

The Duke of Edinburgh, voiced by Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens, is portrayed as drooling and vacant, and at one point collapses onto the floor while the family continues to talk around him

‘Prince Harry is said to have viewed the programme “with a sense of humour”. I can’t quite believe that – if it were Archie and Lilibet being mocked, I suspect there would be a lawsuit.’

Prince William and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, also have six-year-old daughter Princess Charlotte and three-year-old son Prince Louis together.

The Prince boasts a star-studded voice cast with the late Prince Philip voiced by former Downton Abbey’ actor Dan Stevens, Orlando Bloom as Prince Harry and Sophie Turner as Princess Charlotte.

Talking to Closer magazine, Princess Diana’s former butler (pictured), 63, criticised HBO Max’s 12-part series, which has sparked a backlash over its decision to mock George, eight, and his siblings Charlotte, five, and Louis, three, as well as its depiction of the late Duke of Edinburgh

Bloom previously admitted he was initially wary of accepting a role in the series, because he’s ‘very proud’ of his British roots, and didn’t want to take part in a show that could be seen as cruelly mocking the UK’s royal family.

However, the 43-year-old actor soon realised Family Guy co-executive producer Janetti was presenting the series in a ‘very affectionate and witty way’, and he was encouraged to accept the role by his fiancée Katy Perry.

Bloom said: ‘I don’t know if you’ve seen Gary’s Instagram but he’s incredibly funny and has a very affectionate and witty way of commenting on the royal family.’

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