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The Prince is a 13 episode animated series that follows the life of Prince George, the eight year old son of Prince Harry and Kate Middleton in Buckingham Palace.
The Duke of Edinburgh, who passed away in April this year, is voiced by Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens. He is portrayed as emotionless and blank.
In one scene Prince Philip can be seen collapsing onto the floor while the other family members continue as normal around while another involves the character gasping whilst at the dinner table.
Viewers reacted to the depiction of Prince Philip on Twitter. One viewer said: "I'm no royal family fan or anything, but seeing as Prince Philip has passed away the way he’s portrayed on #ThePrince on HBO is a little upsetting."
While another concerned person responded to a Tweet calling out the show's portrayal of Prince George, adding: "And they also mocked Prince Philip. It was only in April when The Queen had to sit alone at his funeral."
The series debuted in the US on 29th July and is yet to receive a UK release date. It was originally set to debut in the spring but after Prince Philip died on 9th April, the network released a statement confirming that the show would be pushed back.
A representative from HBO Max told The Hollywood Reporter at the time: “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.”
Last week the The Prince quickly came under fire for its portrayal of Prince George. One viewer wrote: “With #ThePrince debuting today, we'd like to remind you these are innocent children who don't deserve to be caricatured and mocked. They as every other child deserves privacy. These are lives: not ‘tea’.”
“What sort of production company uses its position to bully a 7-year old child?” a third asked, while a fourth asked HBO: “Why are you bankrolling the bullying of minor children?!"
The Prince is available to watch on HBO Max in the US. A UK premiere date is TBC.
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