Orlando Bloom hits back at blistering complaints about HBO's The Prince 'maliciously' mocking Royal Family

ORLANDO Bloom has hit back at scathing criticism of his new TV series The Prince, which has been branded "shameful" for its portrayal of the Royal Family.

The satire hit HBO Max last month, with the Pirates Of The Caribbean actor, 44, playing the role of Prince Harry.


The show's 12 episodes are in cartoon form but already attracted hugely 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.

Canterbury-born 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, but Orlando insists 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 was so many different people poking fun at me and, in a way, it’s a sign of appreciation."

PERRY'S ROLE

Orlando added popstar partner Katy Perry, who is herself American, encouraged him to take the adult cartoon role.

He added to the publication: "Initially, I was like, ‘Hmm, how do I feel about this,’ because I’m a British boy who’s very proud of my roots.

"I understand how the royal family is loved by some and loathed by others, and I’ve always understood it as part of my heritage and background.

"I’m not someone who wants to poke fun at anyone normally, but this was so clever, witty, and affectionately done.

"Actually, Katy saw one bit of it and was like, ‘You’ve got to do this. This is genius.’

"And the animation is done by some of the guys who did Family Guy, so it’s going to be very amusing. And who doesn’t love the royal family?”

SERIES DELAY

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.”

The 12-episode series was then available to stream from July 29 on HBO Max in the US after being delayed from May following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.

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



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