William would have ‘smiled’ at South Park’s Harry and Meghan spoof, expert says
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After seeing South Park’s wicked parody of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Prince William won’t have been able to resist a quiet smile to himself, a royal expert has suggested.
After Ed Balls and Ranvir Singh brought up the “hard to watch” satire, on this morning's GMB, Ed asked Newsweek’s royal correspondent Jack Royston: "Do you think William and Kate will be looking forward to watching this?”
Jack replied that even if William wasn’t a South Park fan, he’d surely have been sent a clip of the show by one of his friends.
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"I think he's probably seen it and will have had a wry smile on his face,” Jack added.
Jack, Ed and Ranvir were joined by Iain Dale and Jacqui Smith for the discussion.
Former MP Jacqui said "Listen, I'm Team Meghan, but I still think that was funny,” referring to the signs held up by the “Prince and Princess of Canada” that read “Stop looking at us”.
Ranvir asked Jack whether being parodied on the infamous animated show was good publicity or bad for Harry and Meghan, saying: "This is a big deal that they've had the mickey taken out of them on a massive show like that. It's like when you're in The Simpsons, it's an accolade but when you're in South Park… I'm not sure so much.”
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Jack said that not only South Park, but several other high-profile US shows had started seeing the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as figures of fun
"There's a big thing happening in America right now, they've transitioned from being Obama 2.0 – these really serious celebrities – to being these figures of ridicule," he said.
“It’s not just South Park, it's been Saturday Night Live and Jimmy Fallon and other big, big, big mainstream comedy shows. So it's a big transition”.
He added: ”We actually had some polling before Harry's book came out and then again afterwards and they have crashed in the US opinion polls. So public opinion in America has swung significantly in the US. Harry has dropped 45 points."
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Royal commentator and expert Richard Fitzwilliams says the Duke and Duchess should be “very concerned” at the way they are now seen by the South Park audience – and many others besides.
“Harry and Meghan are obsessed with being in control of the narrative,” Fitzwilliams told the Daily Mail, “and we've recently seen them attack the Royal Family over a period of weeks when they knew the response would be silence.
“They should, however, be very concerned that their standing in America seems to be changing, a Newsweek poll showed it to be seismically affected after Harry rubbished his family in his memoir”.
Not all viewers were in agreement with the GMB verdict. Several Sussex fans got in touch via social media to point out that Kate and William, and even the late Queen herself, has also been lampooned by the no-holds-barred show.
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