Late Prince Philip brutally mocked in US animated series – ‘What a kick in the guts!’

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PRINCE PHILIP has been brutally mocked in a newly-released animated series focused on Prince George.

In another, he collapses on the floor while fellow royals surround him to get on with their chats, seemingly unbothered.

The choice of targeting Philip in the show despite the Duke’s passing in April has been criticised by some social media users.

One wrote on Twitter: “I’m no Royal Family fan or anything, but seeing as Prince Philip has passed away the way he’s portrayed on The Prince on HBO is a little upsetting.”

A royal supporter wrote: “They’ve even stooped so low as to include Prince Philip in this vulgar animation, ‘The Prince’!

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Prince Philip is one of the royals featured in the series The Prince (Image: GETTY/HBO MAX)

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The satirical series was created by Gary Janetti (Image: HBO MAX)

“Bullying 3 children (so their parents), & Her Majesty The Queen, who is currently grieving the loss of her husband of 73 years. What a kick in the guts to Royals!”

Another, replying to this Twitter user, wrote: “Never been a fan of the Royal Family but even I’m beginning to feel bad for them.

“Prince Philip lost his family, home as a young boy, fought against the Nazi regime and gave a lifetime of service.

“He was a proud man too. Very sad to see him portrayed this way.”

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The characters of Prince Harry and Meghan in The Prince (Image: HBO MAX)

He told MailOnline: “The depiction of the Duke of Edinburgh as an old buffoon is a little cheap and unnecessary, and at this moment in time it may be out of place, but satire has been going on for centuries.

“He had a sense of humour about his time, and he obviously would’ve taken this with a pinch of salt.”

The Prince is a 12-episode show created by Gary Janetti.

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A fictionalised Prince George is the protagonist of the show (Image: HBO MAX)

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Prince Philip and the Queen were married for more than 70 years (Image: GETTY)

It imagines the day-to-day life of members of the Royal Family seen through the lens of a heavily fictionalised Prince George.

The show was initially due to air in the spring but it was pushed back following the death of Prince Philip on April 9.

In the wake of his passing, the network issued a statement saying: “We were saddened to learn of Prince Philip’s passing and will adjust plans for the series debut.

“A new date will be announced at a later time.”

Each episode begins with a warning, presented as an old-fashioned decree, stating the characters and events depicted in the show are not real.

The warning reads: “But please note, all persons and events in this show are entirely fictional.

“Like, this isn’t really the Royal Family.

“It’s like, a parody, or whatever.

“And certain recent events will not be reflected in this programme because, again, not real.”

Among the other members of the Royal Family who are mocked in the show, there is Prince Harry, voice by his Montecito neighbour Orlando Bloom.

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Prince Philip died in April (Image: GETTY)

While wandering around a normal-looking apartment in California, he tells Meghan: “This might be the smallest palace I’ve ever been in.”

Meghan, voiced by Condola Rashad, said: “Well it’s…an apartment.”

To which the Duke replied: “Yes, an apartment-palace, I know that. Lots of tiny palaces inside one big palace.”

The Queen, voiced by Frances de la Tour, is seen throwing a tantrum over wanting a sweet treat.

And the union of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, voiced by Iwan Rheon and Lucy Punch respectively, is depicted as unhappy.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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