One of Prince Harry’s friendships set to be tested as controversial trailer for The Prince is released

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One of Prince Harry's friendships is set to be tested as controversial trailer for The Prince is revealed.

One of Prince Harry's real-life friendships is set to be put to the test after HBO Max released its full trailer for the upcoming controversial animation The Prince.

Some fans claim the royal family will 'have a heart attack' over the way they are depicted in the show, but the Duke of Sussex's friendship with Orlando Bloom will face the ultimate test as he has been revealed as the actor who plays the voice-over of Prince Harry in the animation which streams on 29th July.

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Both Harry and Orlando are said to have struck up a 'bromance' after Prince Harry opened up about his newfound friendship during a podcast with Dax Shepard. Harry said, "Two days ago, Orlando Bloom sent me a message because he is just down the road and we sort of keep in contact because of the paparazzi."

And it comes after news Prince Harry is to release four books (opens in new tab) as part of a £29m deal.

You can watch the hilarious trailer below, to see how the royals fair in the 'Family Guy' style animation - as Prince George (opens in new tab) (Gary Janetti) – youngest heir to the British throne – spills all the royal “tea” on Buckingham Palace’s residents and staff.

But the clip has received mixed reviews from fans. One fan wrote, 'I must admit, this show has really good background designs.' Another warned, 'The royal family are going to have a heart attack when they watch this' and a third fan added, 'This is awesome!! Can't wait for tomorrow.'

Orlando Bloom is named as part of the cast lineup on the trailer - taking up the part of Prince Harry - but according to show producers the Duke is amused by this move (opens in new tab).

Alam Cumming stars as George's butler Owen, Frances de la Tour as Queen Elizabeth, Lucy Punch as Kate Middleton, and Condola Rashad as Meghan Markle.

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Iwan Rheon plays the role of Prince William, while Dan Stevens plays Prince Charles and Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner stars as Princess Charlotte.

The whole 12 episodes are expected to be available to stream from tonight. But if Harry didn't know that his friend was playing him, then one might not be amused!

The cartoon was previously branded 'cruel' and 'unfair' (opens in new tab) on the young Prince George. But other royals could take offence.

HBO tweeted the teaser, 'The royal tea is piping hot. Prince George spills all about life inside Buckingham Palace in #ThePrince, streaming tomorrow on HBO Max'.

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The Sussexes, who have set up home in Santa Barbara, LA, for themselves and their son Archie (opens in new tab), two and daughter Lilibet Diana (opens in new tab), aged one month, have bonded with their neighbour.

Aside from paparazzi warnings, they share another thing in common - they're both have two kids - with Orlando having become a dad to Daisy Dove, 11-months, with his fiancée Katy Perry and also has a son Flynn, 10, from a previous marriage.

Selina Maycock
Senior Entertainment Writer

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 14 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for, Woman&Home, and My Imperfect Life. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.