Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, have been at the forefront of the campaign fighting against bullying and protecting mental health. Thus, their silence towards a satirical cartoon of Prince George is being questioned by fans of the Royal family.
When Meghan Markle granted her explosive interview with Oprah, with Harry sitting by her side as she lamented the battles she faced within the palace walls and the damage it had on her mental health, the world empathized with her.
The Duchess of Sussex and Harry have since become key players in advocating for protecting people’s mental health and getting help. Still, their silence over, what has been deemed by many as an inhumane, depiction of Harry’s nephew has been questioned.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 at Westminster Abbey on March 9, 2020 | Photo: Getty Images
WHY THE SILENCE?
Recently, HBO released a trailer about the royal family, which has 8-year-old Prince George as its central figure. The animated movie titled “The Prince” depicts Prince George as a spoiled and entitled 8-year-old.
While fans of the royal family have kicked up a fuss over it, Harry and Markle have remained silent. Surprising since the cartoon in question has to do with Harry’s little nephew.
In a piece for the Daily Mail, Royal expert Dan Wootton slammed Harry and Markle for their silence. He explained that the satirical depiction of the young Prince George could scar him for life.
Although other members of the royal family such as the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William were also ridiculed in the short clip, it was Prince George’s character that earned the most pity.
Wootton recalled Harry and Markle’s activism over what he considered less trivial than the defamation of Harry’s family. He wondered if their silence was simple hypocrisy. Wotten wrote,
“after all, The Prince is everything Harry and Meghan claim to despise – a baseless attack based on mistruths ... – so why the silence?”
The royal expert claimed Harry and Markle’s silence is because the show involves some of their new Hollywood pals, like Orlando Bloom who voices Harry’s character, and unlike other royals, Harry’s kids are not part of the main characters. Wootton added that their silence will result in them losing credibility to speak against injustice.
"The Prince" will be shown by streaming service HBO and it features a series of star actors representing various royal family members. The movie is based on an Instagram account run by writer Gary Janetti.
Little George’s character is attributed to a series of funny scenes and rude remarks. Janetti claims the show is all for laughs but the royal family does not think so.
Some viewers have criticized the show, especially for its poor depiction of the underaged members of the royal family. In addition, some viewers have slammed the producers and demanding for them to leave the children out of it.
Some fans on social media claimed they had no problem with the show if it only focused on the adult royal family members, but that mocking children was irresponsible and unacceptable.
Some annoyed viewers slammed famous actors Orlando Bloom and "Game of Thrones" star Sophie Turner for their hypocrisy in taking part in the show.
In May, Turner slammed the press for taking pictures of her child without her consent and claimed her privacy was violated, but fans think she is a hypocrite for playing a role in "The Prince."
Bloom, in his defense, reportedly claimed that the show was not malicious but simply a comic display. He added that he had not yet met the Duke of Sussex, who is now a friend of his, when he decided to lend his voice to the show.
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