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An Animated Comedy About The Royal Family Starring Orlando Bloom Is In The Works

Yes, this is real.

The programme is inspired by Gary Janetti's satirical Instagram account

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's plan to extract themselves from the royal family and public eye just got a little more complicated. Deadline reports that HBO Max has given a series order to The Prince, an animated comedy series from Gary Janetti (Family GuyWill & Grace), the mind behind a famous Prince George parody Instagram account.

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Janetti's wildly popular Instagram account mocks the British royals, with a particular focus on the Duchess of Sussex, through the lens of Prince George. The account, which has nearly a million followers will serve as source material for the project, with Janetti filling in the blanks as he is set to write and executive produce the series, which is described as follows, per TVLine.

"Before George rules Britannia, he’ll be laying down his own laws in Janetti’s comedic take on the future King of England’s childhood as seen from the prince’s own point of view. Because his succession isn’t coming any time soon, in each episode George will find his path in life as a young prince in modern times — from the 775 rooms of Buckingham Palace to his family’s sea of corgis to primary school with commoners. The Prince also features notable characters in George’s life such as his parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, his fourth-in-line-for-the-throne little sister Charlotte, his modern Aunt Meghan and Uncle Harry, his great-granddad Philip, and—who can forget—his "Gan Gan" Elizabeth."

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There is already a star-studded cast on board to voice the main characters with Orlando Bloom signed on as the Duke of Sussex, Condola Rashad as Meghan, Lucy Punch as the Duchess of Cambridge, Tom Hollander as Prince Philip and Prince Charles, Alan Cumming as George’s butler Owen, Frances De La Tour as Queen Elizabeth and Iwan Rheon as the Duke of Cambridge.

 It's unclear what role the former Duke and Duchess of Sussex's characters will play in the show as the project was developed before their exit from the royal fold and according to Deadline "will likely be adjusted" to reflect the news.

(No word on whether Markle would be available to voice a character, given her recent voiceover deal with Disney.)

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