The Royal Family has always been a fascination for monarchy enthusiasts and fans the world over, but never have the actions of those within it made for such entertaining viewing. From the train-wreck interview of Prince Andrew in 2019, to the recent Instagram post from Harry and Meghan in which they announced their plans to step back from royal duties in a manner similar to that which you’d expect of a begrudged ex taking to Instagram to proclaim how over the relationship they are via a scathing lyric from a Green Day song, it’s safe to say we are now, universally, hooked.
The Crown did well to get audiences engaged with royal proceedings, highlighting the history of the Royal Family and how family squabbles are interconnected with the larger political and cultural issues of the time. But bringing these stories to Netflix didn’t come cheaply, with the critically-acclaimed series costing a reported 100 million pounds (approx. $132 million USD). It’s certainly a stark contrast to the recently announced animated satire on the royal family, titled The Prince.
Hailing from Family Guy writer and Will and Grace executive producer Gary Janetti, the satire was born from Janetti’s Instagram account where he came up with imaginary thoughts of six-year-old Prince George. Through hilarious quips and witty banter, Janetti found a loyal following for his account and got the idea that it might just work to turn it into a show.
Janetti will lend his voice to the titular role, while Orlando Bloom has joined the ranks as Prince Harry, with Game of Thrones star Iwan Rheon taking on the role of Prince William.
Given the exhaustive list of documentaries, feature specials, interview, and series that already exist on the British royal family, The Prince serves as a breath of fresh air, offering a new take on the monarchy and presenting the characters in a refreshingly humourous light. Speaking about the project to Variety, Janetti said: “I’m thrilled to be working at HBO Max and bringing them yet another series about a family ruthlessly fighting for the throne.”
HBO Max’s head of original content Sarah Aubrey said about the forthcoming series, “We’re so excited to bring the world Gary’s created on Instagram over to HBO Max, where our viewers can discover what his Instagram fans already know – that George can be hilarious, shocking, and surprisingly sweet.”
The show will make its debut on AT&T Inc’s HBO Max streaming video service. While Janetti is writing and executive producing The Prince, Walt Disney Co’s 20th Century Fox Television will produce the show. A release date is yet to be announced, but we’ll keep you update.