Orlando Bloom hits back at fury over HBO’s The Prince for poking fun at Royal Family

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Orlando Bloom, 44, is starring in animated satire The Prince on HBO Max in the US. The actor is playing the role of Prince Harry, 36, in the show, which has been criticised by some.

The show’s 12 episodes are in cartoon form but have attracted negative publicity for their portrayal of the late Prince Philip, and his failing health before his death.

Meghan Markle and sister-in-law Kate Middleton’s alleged feud has also been depicted.

Orlando’s Prince Harry savagely mocked the real-life Duke in scenes centred on the lifestyle the dad of two left behind in the UK.

However, the Canterbury-born star has now insisted the controversial episodes are, in fact, “showing real adoration” for the Royals.

In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, the Brit said: “I hadn’t met [Prince Harry] when I signed up to do it, and I subsequently met him and he’s such a nice guy.

“This guy is so nice, and I think he’s got a great sense of humour.

“I hope he maintains that through this because they’re sort of on a pedestal.

“We’re showing real adoration to them in one form or another. I try to justify it, because quite frankly, if I’m honest, it’s not like me to poke fun at anyone but it is done with affection.

“When I was in my mid-20s, there were so many different people poking fun at me and, in a way, it’s a sign of appreciation.”

The Prince’s release date was originally delayed after Prince Philip’s passing.

At the time, creator Gary said: “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.”

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The series became available to stream from July 29 on HBO Max in the US after being delayed from May.

A UK channel and air date have not yet been announced.

However, it has already sent shockwaves over this side of the pond as royal fans took to social media to express their opinion on the programme.

One said: “I sat through many, many episodes of The Prince, HBO Max’s new cartoon spoofing the royal family. Not only was it super icky watching a real 8-year-old get roasted, but all of the jokes also felt super expected and unoriginal.”

A second replied: “While genuinely funny comedy can get away with tastelessness and causing offence, unamusing nonsense like The Prince struggles to justify its nastiness.”

However, a third commented: “Everyone say ‘thank you @hbomax’ cause The Prince is the gift that keeps giving.”

While a fourth remarked: “The Prince on HBO Max was hilarious. Watched it all in a day.”

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