New cartoon about Royal family suspended over ‘mocking Prince Philip’

A new cartoon about the Royal family has been suspended for "mocking" the late Prince Philip.

The Duke of Edinburgh died on April 9 aged 99, but days before his death The Prince's writer-producer Gary Janetti had teased the forthcoming release of the series of US streaming service HBO Max.

It reportedly features an unflattering portrayal of Philip.

The satirical shows takes aim at the Royal family, also focusing on Prince George, the son of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

It had been expected to make its debut this spring.

The Hollywood Reporter writes that Philip was depicted in the tongue-in-cheek series as being in a "decrepit state", and that the portrayal of the Duke is generally unflattering.

HBO Max confirmed that The Prince's debut has been postponed.

It told the Hollywood Reporter in a statement: "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."

It is not yet known whether Philip's character will be re-designed in light of his death or if any edits will be made to the story.

Philip's character was due to be voiced by Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens.

It was also due to feature to voices of Orland Bloom as Prince Harry, Lucy Punch as Kate Middleton, Sophie Turner as Princess Charlotte and Iwan Rheon as Prince William.

The news comes after it was revealed the Queen would be heading to her holiday home Balmoral to mourn her late husband.

Her Majesty is thought to be relocating to her Scottish home later in May, staying at the private Craigowan Lodge – a seven-bedroom stone house that is used regularly by friends and family of the royal family while visiting.

She will be following in the footsteps of her great-grandmother Queen Victoria, who also retreated to Balmoral after the passing of her beloved husband Prince Albert.

Philip died after 74 years of marriage.

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