Lucy Punch says The Prince was 'really unfortunate timing'

Lucy Punch who voices Kate Middleton in The Prince says controversial royal satire airing in the wake of Prince Philip’s death was ‘really unfortunate timing’

  • HBO Max released the controversial animated Royal Family satire this August
  • Actress Punch, 43, voiced the Duchess of Cambridge in controversial cartoon
  • Adult animation aired three months after the Duke of Edinburgh’s death in April
  • Punch says it was ‘meant to just be a silly character’ but was ‘unfortunate timing’ 

Lucy Punch, who voiced Kate Middleton in the blistering royal satire The Prince, says airing the cartoon three months after the Duke of Edinburgh’s death was ‘really unfortunate timing’. 

The 12-part animated series, created by Family Guy co-executive producer Gary Janetti, centers around a fictional version of Prince George as a child tyrant with expensive taste, a withering sense of humor and a dim view of his family.

It portrays Prince Philip, who died at the age of 99 this April, as drooling and vacant, and at one point he collapses onto the floor while the family continues to talk around him. 

Despite pushing back the release date of the show due to Philip’s death, HBO was criticised for mocking the late Duke after his death, as well as its brutal depiction of royal children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

Punch, 43, who lives in LA, said that her portrayal of Kate – who is depicted as desperate to leave the Duke of Cambridge and the Royal Family – was simply meant to be a ‘silly character’. 

Lucy Punch, who voiced Kate Middleton in the blistering royal satire The Prince, says airing the cartoon three months after the Duke of Edinburgh’s death was ‘really unfortunate timing’. She is pictured in LA in July 

The Prince, created by Family Guy producer Gary Janetti, centres around a fictional version of Prince George as a child tyrant with expensive taste, a withering sense of humour and a dim view of his family – particularly his thuggish brother Louis. Pictured l-r: Camilla, Prince Charles, the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince William and Kate

‘It was meant to just be a silly character’, she told the Independent. ‘It was really unfortunate timing.’  

She went on to joke about The Duke of York, who became embroiled in scandal this year having stepped back from royal duties following speculation over his friendship with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.  

‘Maybe they should have waited until the Epstein trial, when people are like: “We hate them again!”, she said. 

Andrew, 61,  faces a civil lawsuit brought by Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre, who claims that she was forced to have sex with Andrew on three occasions – an accusation he vehemently denies. 

HBO’s The Prince was criticised for mocking the late Duke after his death, as well as its brutal depiction of royal children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis

The royal has also been mentioned three times in the ongoing explosive Ghislaine Maxwell sex trafficking trial in New York.

The Prince – which is available to stream in the US on HBO Max but is not yet airing in the UK – co-stars Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens as the Duke of Edinburgh, Game Of Thrones’ Sophie Turner as the Duchess of Cambridge and – awkwardly given he is a friend of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – Orlando Bloom as Prince Harry. 

Speaking at the time the series was delayed journalist and royal commentator Robert Jobson, the author of Prince Philip’s Century: The Extraordinary Life of the Duke of Edinburgh, said the series was tasteless but that Prince Philip would have taken it with a ‘pinch of salt’.

He said: ‘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.

The 12-episode series – which is available to stream in the US on HBO Max but is not yet airing in the UK – was originally due to premiere in the Spring but was delayed following the Duke of Edinburgh’s death on April 9. It has now been released but still features Prince Philip

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

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

In one episode of the satire Harry ends up in a coffee shop after his TV projects fail. The story line is a nod to real life as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have secured a $140million Netflix (£100 million) deal.

On their way to their respective jobs on a bus, Harry asks her, ‘Why are there so many people in our car? And why does it smell?’

When he arrives he asks his stunned trainer: ‘ My favorite drink is tea. I’d love to learn to make tea but is that too advanced?’

Meanwhile Meghan returns to her former career as an actress and leads classes. She is also seen auditioning for TV shows.

In episode two, Meghan asks Harry to look after Archie, who Harry mistakenly calls ‘Arbie’ and pick up milk while she goes to an audition. 

TV series The Prince, created by Family Guy producer Gary Janetti, depicts Prince George as a child tyrant with expensive taste, a withering sense of humour and a dim view of his family

Prince Harry is shown coming to terms with his post-royal life as he and Meghan arrive in an LA apartment. Looking around, he says: ‘This might be the smallest palace I have ever been in’

Clearly confused by how to buy milk, Harry walks down the street and asks strangers: ‘Milk?,’ before finding his way to a grocery store. 

‘F*** me, the whole aisle is a refrigerator,’ he says, after being directed to the milk. He hands over a gold ring to the member of staff who helped him and says: ‘For your kindness’.  

He proudly presents the milk to Meghan saying: ‘You don’t need to work anymore because I’ve found this! Game on America.’ 

His exasperated wife replies: ‘Okay, well, you don’t get paid for that but I’m super happy for you, you’re figuring things out!’ 

Later Meghan phones Kate and says: ‘Hi Kate, it’s Meghan, just wondering if you’ve heard from Harry?’ A bemused Kate asks: ‘Meghan?’ 

The Duchess of Sussex replies: ‘Meghan Markle, your sister-in-law?’ The call ends after Kate is overheard telling William ‘someone gave her our number’.

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