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‘The Prince’ star Alan Cumming says the controversial cartoon about the royal family is ‘not as mean as people think’

Summary List PlacementAlan Cumming, one of the stars of HBO Max's new show "The Prince," is insisting that the cartoon — which spoofs the royal family — isn't "as mean as people think."  The controversial show, which was inspired by Gary Janetti's Instagram account and also features voice acting by Orlando Bloom and Sophie Turner, doesn't hold back — taking jabs at everything from Kate Middleton and Prince William's marriage to Prince Harry's relationship with his son, whose name he can't even remember. But the main character of the series is Prince George, inspired by Middleton and Prince William's 8-year-old son. And...

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Alan Cumming, one of the stars of HBO Max’s new show “The Prince,” is insisting that the cartoon — which spoofs the royal family — isn’t “as mean as people think.” 

The controversial show, which was inspired by Gary Janetti’s Instagram account and also features voice acting by Orlando Bloom and Sophie Turner, doesn’t hold back — taking jabs at everything from Kate Middleton and Prince William’s marriage to Prince Harry’s relationship with his son, whose name he can’t even remember.

But the main character of the series is Prince George, inspired by Middleton and Prince William’s 8-year-old son. And he’s portrayed as a spoiled brat who endlessly tortures his butler Owen. 

Cumming, who does the voice for Owen, said he believes the royal family might see the humor in the show “if they appreciate satire.” 

“It’s quite tender, actually,” he told The Telegraph. “My character with George, it’s a really lovely relationship. It’s not as mean as people think.”

Cumming said there’s always a “knee-jerk reaction” when the royal family is involved, and encouraged those who were upset by the premise of “The Prince” to watch it first. 

Many critics and royal commentators took issue with the fact that “The Prince” takes aim at real children.

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Others were angered that the show repeatedly mocks Prince Philip’s health just months after his death. 

“Get the defibrillator paddles ready,” Prince George quips in the first episode as Prince Philip struggles at the dinner table.

The show also portrays Prince Harry as being so out of touch with the real world that he doesn’t know how to buy milk or use a fridge, while Middleton is an alcoholic who hates her sister-in-law.

“I thought everyone in LA was just a vapid alcoholic,” she tells her husband in one episode. 

“No, that’s just you,” Prince William replies. 

“There’s not enough liquor in the world to make you tolerable,” she shoots back. 

While the show pokes fun at Markle and Prince Harry’s struggles to make it on their own in Los Angeles, Cumming said he admires the real Duke and Duchess of Sussex for “removing themselves from a situation which they found abusive” after “being bullied” within the royal family. 

“I absolutely have sympathy for them,” he added.

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