How Meghan Markle Backlash Did Not Stop HBO's 'The Prince' Targeting Royals

Prince George is ridiculed in HBO satire The Prince—two years after its creator acknowledged Instagram posts about the young royal risked kicking Meghan Markle while she was down.

Gary Janetti's new series began streaming days ago and has already been labelled "disturbing and twisted" in the British media.

The show depicts Prince George as an acid-tongued brat, shows Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, slapping Prince Charles, and jokes about Prince Philip's ill health in old age.

Queen Elizabeth II's husband of 73 years died in April after spending a month in hospital, during which he had an operation on his heart.

Ingrid Seward, author of Prince Philip Revealed, told Newsweek she believed the Cambridge family would be upset about the series.

She said: "Lampooning kids is kind of a bit low. I think they probably would be upset about it. Imagine if it was your kids and someone made a really nasty cartoon that your kid was nasty and spoilt."

However, Janetti is no stranger to controversy after he drew criticism from Meghan's Sussex Squad online fan base for his Instagram posts.

The Family Guy writer had a similar joke running on social media in which he posted photos of Prince George and of Meghan alongside each other with parody quotes from the future king.

One caption read: "There is ONE star in this family, b****."

Another post showed Meghan holding a bunch of flowers and carried the caption: "Those flowers look cheap. Just like you."

Another included a headline suggesting Prince Harry felt it was important to introduce Meghan to Prince George.

The caption read: "And I feel just sick about having to cancel last minute. Perhaps we could reschedule it for in your f***ing dreams."

Fan blog Meghanpedia suggested he might win the "2019 Most Self-Serving Hypocrite award," in an article which published screenshots of the Instagram posts.

However, Janetti changed the tone of his posts after a 2019 ITV documentary, Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, in which Meghan described struggling with life in the spotlight.

At the time, he told People: "I haven't really watched [the ITV documentary], so I don't really know that much about it, but I do know it feels like they're having a rough go of it—I think that's the gist. The way I see it, in my world, she is family, they are family, and George rallies around family.

"Now he sees that people and the press have piled on her, he doesn't like it, and he's rallying around the family. As of now, Meghan—he wants to take her under his wing. Now we're seeing George might secretly like her. You know, he does not like to kick somebody when they're down."

Days after the documentary aired, Janetti posted an image with a more friendly caption suggesting George wanted to go on a spa day with Meghan, People reported.

However, the comedy writer does not appear to have toned down his treatment of the rest of the family.

Most controversial for the British media has been the targeting of Prince George at the age of eight.

In one segment, the young royal is depicted asking a butler: "Excuse me, do you have any tea that doesn't taste like p***."

And when Princess Charlotte is seen asking him whether he is eating French toast, the animated character replies: "Why? Do I look fat? I mean, yes."

However, Prince Philip's ill health is also mocked just months after his death plunged the royals into two weeks of mourning.

Regular Meghan and Harry critic Dan Wootton was among those to speak out against the show in his column for The Daily Mail.

He wrote: "It's a genuinely disturbing and twisted watch that I believe could have implications for the mental health of our future king, given he is coming close to an age where his schoolmates and friends will soon be exposed to this nonsense on the internet."

Seward told Newsweek: "If you want to make a show mocking the royal family there's plenty of other targets. George does seem to be the central character.

"I think if they had one shot that might have been funny but to have a whole show, that is not funny at all and I think they [the Cambridges] would be quite upset.

"I know its a joke, I know its lampooning, I know its all those things but its actually quite unkind. Lampoon adults as much as you like but not children."

Prince George and Meghan Markle
Prince George watches mother Kate Middleton competing on behalf of The Royal Foundation in the inaugural King's Cup regatta on August 08, 2019 in Cowes, England. Meghan Markle attends a Creative Industries and Business Reception on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Chris Jackson/Getty Images