Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are the latest celebrities in South Park's crosshairs, with the satirical animated series taking aim at the couple in its new season.
Although the show refrained from naming the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, its latest episode, titled The Worldwide Privacy Tour, was filled with clear allusions to the couple and appeared to make reference to their reputation for seeking privacy from the press while promoting a podcast, book and Netflix show.
The episode focuses on the Prince of Canada and his wife, who visit the town of South Park and appear on a talk show while holding placards that read, "We want our privacy", and "Stop looking at us", before telling the host they're thrilled to be on TV.
The red-headed prince goes on to promote his book, titled Waaagh, with a cover strikingly similar to Harry's memoir, Spare, and is criticised for complaining despite being born into a life of privilege and luxury.
The princess wears a dusty pink outfit and tilted hat reminiscent of Meghan's attire during the Trooping the Colour event in 2018, and is referred to in the episode as a "sorority girl, actress, influencer and victim".
The royals are shown around South Park, with the princess stating, "If we moved here, people would think we're really serious about wanting to be normal."
The pair's arrival in South Park annoys the show's main characters, with Kyle Broflovski complaining: "They have this huge jet parked in front of my house and they keep on wanting me to buy their book."
Elsewhere in the episode, Kyle says, "I'm sick of hearing about them. I can't get away from them. They're everywhere, in my f***ing face," and another character, Eric Cartman, adds, "We don't care about some dumb prince and his stupid wife."
The show leaves no joke unmade and appears to mercilessly rip into the couple from all sides, even going so far as to accuse them of not caring much about the death of Harry's grandmother Queen Elizabeth II.
The talk show scene concludes with the couple dramatically storming off the set, claiming they want to find a quiet place to live just like any normal person, only to immediately board a private jet.
Harry and Meghan's critics have reacted with glee on social media, reposting clips on Twitter and praising South Park for the apparent takedown of the couple.
Even Piers Morgan, who has a famous dislike for Meghan Markle, weighed in, reposting a clip from the episode with the caption, "The South Park rinsing of Meghan & Harry is lethally brilliant... suspect this is how most Americans now feel about them."
On the other hand, Harry and Meghan fans responded by posting a clip of another South Park skit, which satirises Prince William and Princess Kate's 2011 wedding, accompanied by the hashtag, #PrinceofPegging in reference to a certain sexual act, which immediately began trending on Twitter.
Harry and Meghan 'never cited privacy' as reason for move
The South Park episode's veiled attacks on Harry and Meghan's pleas for privacy are at odds with a statement released by the couple's global press secretary, Ashley Hansen, following the release of their Netflix documentary series last December.
"The Duke and Duchess have never cited privacy as the reason for stepping back," the statement reads, according to the BBC. "In fact, their statement announcing their decision to step back mentions nothing of privacy and reiterates their desire to continue their roles and public duties. Any suggestion otherwise speaks to a key point of this series."
Ms Hansen went on to blame Britain's press for the misconception, saying Harry and Meghan "are choosing to share their story, on their terms, and yet the tabloid media has created an entirely untrue narrative that permeates press coverage and public opinion."
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