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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle "should be flattered" to feature in South Park, an expert has said.
Characters seeming to poke fun at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex appeared on an episode of the controversial cartoon last week (February 15), prompting long-time fans and newcomers alike to tune in.
The episode, entitled The Worldwide Privacy Tour, starred the "Prince and Princess of Canada" who bore a striking resemblance to the couple, holding up placards saying "we want our privacy" and "stop looking at us".
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The Prince even had his own memoir, "Waaagh", which looked eerily similar to Harry's own recent release.
But despite the less-than-complimentary depiction of the royal pair, PR expert and Go Up founder Edward Coram-James says they should be happy to have joined the roster of celebs to have been featured on the show – even if they are the "butt of the joke".
"On the one hand, to a degree they should be flattered," Coram-James told the Daily Star.
"They join a long list of esteemed and distinguished figures to be made fun of on one of the world’s most famous animated programs.
"It shows how topically relevant they are to the international public discourse.
"And, although they are the butt of the joke, no famous cameo makes their way onto South Park unless that is the case."
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South Park may be known for its tongue-in-cheek celeb depictions, but it is understood the Sussexes may not have seen the funny side and the damning skit could reportedly see Harry and Meghan get their legal team involved.
Lawyers are reportedly "casting an eye" over the beloved animated show after creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker poked fun at the couple's public image.
Speaking to Fox News, royal commentator Neil Sean said: "According to sources close to the ex-Royals, it appears that, like so many things with Meghan and Harry, this may have legal ramifications attached.
"Their legal team are casting an eye over the episode to see what is wrong, and what could be turned into something more sinister."
But Coram-James hinted the pair shouldn't be quick to cry wolf over the episode – but added that the show could still spell bad news for the Sussexes.
"Although it might be tempting to draw the conclusion that Harry and Meghan’s ridicule on South Park marks a new low for them, that so many respected people have faced similar fates of South Park shows that, on its own, reputationally this is not a problem and would be easily recoverable," he said.
"What, however, is not so easy to recover from is the growing sense that even the Sussexes' most naturally-aligned base are seeming to question their storylines and alleged double standards, to the extent that shows such as South Park feel able to make fun of a couple that have recently made serious allegations concerning highly charged themes.
"Were those allegations being taken at face value, they would have impunity from ridicule.
"In that sense, I think that The Sussexes have a lot to worry about. Because when your own base starts to question your integrity, honesty, and viability, it is very hard to recover your reputation."
The Daily Star has contacted Harry and Meghan's representatives for comment.
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