Prince William has been depicted as a Royal ‘villain’ in the controversial new TV movie following Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s fractured relationship with Buckingham Palace.
The Lifetime movie Escaping The Palace finally aired in the US last night, and has been hailed as a ‘camp classic’.
Re-enacting the pivotal moments in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s feud with the Royal family, the film included that bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, the Duchess of Sussex’s miscarriage but also threw in an imaginary car crash much like the one that killed Diana, which was a divisive move to say the least.
Among the storylines in the film where the writers took their creative license and ran with it full throttle, one scene shows Prince William dismissing suggestions of racism in the Royal family and Meghan’s claims one member of ‘the firm’ raised concerns over Archie’s skin colour.
In one moment, actor Jordan Whalen is shown as Prince William saying: ‘What causes problems isn’t color, it’s culture. Meghan’s an American. She acts more like a celebrity than a royal.’
‘You need to bloody well make a statement with me decrying racism,’ says Harry, played by Jordan Dean. ‘As future king, you need to push on this horrific bullying.’
William concedes: ‘For the last time I agree diversity in the family is a good thing.’
While Escaping The Palace is largely a work of fiction, many viewers across the pond took the scenes quite literally.
One wrote on Twitter: ‘After the Oprah interview, William and Kate deserve to be dragged just as much as the others. This movie is wild.’
‘William, you really want to say your brother isn’t loyal?’ asked another. ‘What about your daddy? He wasn’t loyal to your mama. But nooo Harry isn’t loyal because he doesn’t want to deal with the royal family bulls**t. #EscapingThePalace.’
While one critic noted the ‘creative liberty ‘being taken’, they added: ‘The British press and Royal Family obviously put Harry and Meghan through hell. I mean, for Harry to leave his family and the only life he’s ever known, is telling.’
Another Harry and Meghan fan, tweeted: ‘#EscapingThePalace also captures how William is committed to upholding tradition, resisting change and considers anyone pushing for change a threat. And Kate is a Royal Stepford wife completely absorbed into the institution. Thus complicit.’
And this audience member just got right to the point: ‘Man I do not like Prince William anymore. I used to think he was a good guy.’
In his Apple TV documentary, The Me You Can’t See, Harry accused his family of ‘total neglect’ when he turned to them for support when his wife’s mental health was suffering.
‘It went to a whole new depth with not just traditional media but also social media platforms as well. I felt completely helpless,’ he said.
‘I thought my family would help but every single ask, request, warning, whatever it is, got met with total silence or total neglect.
‘We spent four years trying to make it work. We did everything that we possibly could to stay there and carry on doing the role and doing the job, but Meghan was struggling.’
Escaping The Palace aired on Lifetime in the US. A UK release date is yet to be announced.
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