Animated comedy royal family series from Family Guy producer Gary Janetti gets big stars for voices

A promotional image for the show.
A promotional image for the show. Photo credit: HBO Max.

HBO's upcoming streaming service has ordered an animated comedy series centred on the British royal family, with several big stars to lend their voices.

Currently titled The Prince, the television show - which will air on HBO Max - comes from Gary Janetti, best known for producing Family Guy and Will & Grace. It will look at the royal family through the eyes of Prince William and Kate's son Prince George - who Janetti will also voice.

Other characters are set to include the Queen (Frances De La Tour), Prince Philip and Prince Charles (both voiced by Tom Hollander) and George's butler Owen (Alan Cumming). The young prince's parents will be played by Iwan Rheon and Lucy Punch, while soon to be ex-royals, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, will be voiced by Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad.

"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 - likely a reference to HBO's Game of Thrones.

Janetti's project will be based on his Instagram account, where the producer posts pictures of the royal family and current affairs with captions from Prince George's perspective. 

"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, HBO Max's head of original content.

Janetti already has a travel documentary show in the works for the streaming service. HBO Max will launch in the United States in May.

The announcement comes as the royal family continues to be embroiled in drama following Harry and Meghan's decision to step back from their duties, become financially independent and split their time between the United Kingdom and North America.