Channel 4’s royal parody did not shy away from recent headlines about the Duke of York’s friendship with Jeffrey Epstein. “This whole Epstein thing has put quite a dent in my, er, other income streams,” complained the Prince Andrew character, played by Tim Wallers.
“Ah yes,” said Prince Charles (Harry Enfield). “Your nonce chum who hanged himself.”
“Hey,” protested Andrew. “I used to go to his parties, fly on his jets and stay in his house but I was never his friend.”
The first episode of the new series also mocked Markle (Kathryn Drysdale), depicting her as making earnest speeches about mindfulness, avocados and “the power of yes”. “Like a TED talk, only longer and more boring,” as Prince William (Hugh Skinner) put it.
And there was a joke about how Brexit has divided the country, with the government in the show asking the royals to try to cheer up Britain.
While the writers managed to write in the Epstein scandal, it was too late to add Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to step down as senior royals into the script.