HBO Max has added The Prince, created by multiple Emmy-nominated producer and writer Gary Janetti (Family Guy, Will & Grace) to its line of animated comedy series on order. Inspired by Janetti’s lampooning Instagram account with nearly a million followers, the series satirizes the life of the British Royal family through the eyes of young heir to the throne Prince George, the eldest child of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Janetti will voice star as Prince George, alongside Orlando Bloom as Prince Harry, Condola Rashad as Meghan Markle (who have recently cut official ties with Buckingham Palace in search of a more normal life), Lucy Punch as Kate Middleton, Tom Hollander as both Prince Philip and Prince Charles, Alan Cumming as George’s butler Owen, Frances De La Tour as Queen Elizabeth, and Iwan Rheon as Prince William.
“We’re so excited to bring the world Gary’s created on Instagram over to HBO Max, where our viewers can discover what his Instagram fans already know – that George can be hilarious, shocking, and surprisingly sweet,” said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content, HBO Max. “We can’t wait to see what Gary does with a bigger canvas to paint on than just a 1:1 square.”
“I’m thrilled to be working at HBO Max and bringing them yet another series about a family ruthlessly fighting for the throne,” said Janetti. The cartoon marks his second project announced with HBO Max, following Brad and Gary Go To… (working title), a travel doc featuring Janetti and his celebrity stylist husband Brad Goreski.
Synopsis: The Prince is a biting, satirical look at the life of Prince George of Cambridge, the youngest heir to the British throne, as he navigates the trials and tribulations of being a royal child. Before George rules Britannia, he’ll be laying down his laws in Janetti’s comedic take on the future King of England’s childhood as seen from the prince’s 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-grandad Philip, and – who can forget – his Gan Gan Elizabeth.
The series is written and exec produced by Jannetti, author of NYT bestseller Do You Mind If I Cancel, and produced by 20th Century Fox Television.