The Prince WAS coming soon to HBO Max, but its timing was a bit off…
Writer-producer, series creator Gary Janetti (Will & Grace) teased the series on April 4. It’s a satirical take on the Royal Family, with Prince William and Duchess Kate’s son George as the title character. The series was expected to premiere in late spring but five days after Janetti’s post, Prince Philip died at age 99.
Apparently the series does not portray the husband of Queen Elizabeth in the most flattering of ways. (See animated still from the series above, showing Philip in a near-death state.)
The show is clearly a parody, but HBO isn’t taking any chances. (ie, it looks bad to make fun of the Queen’s dead husband so soon…)
HBO Max confirmed to THR that it has delayed The Prince,
“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.”
The cast includes Janetti voicing Prince George, Orlando Bloom as Prince Harry, Lucy Punch as Duchess Kate, Condola Rashad as Meghan Markle, Iwan Rheon as Prince William and Sophie Turner as Princess Charlotte.
Journalist Robert Jobson, a Royals expert and New York Times best-selling author says,
“[Prince Philip] had a sense of humor about his time and he obviously would’ve taken this with a pinch of salt. He might’ve even made a joke about it — he was very funny.”
Jannetti’s show preview is of Prince George doing an Instagram demo,
“This is a new low for me… coloring eggs for 67 viewers.”
(Image, HBOMax; via THR)