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Monday, 30 September, 2002, 08:12 GMT 09:12 UK
Prince William movie airs in US
Fictional Prince William, Prince Charles and Prince Harry
Buckingham Palace is said to have a copy of the script
A "coming of age" TV movie about Prince William was screened by American network ABC on Sunday.

The film was billed as uncovering the "complicated yet loving relationship" with his father, Prince Charles.

The role of the prince was played by Jordan Frieda, the son of singer Lulu and hair stylist John Frieda.

Prince William
William is a popular figure in the US
It focuses on the prince "dealing with" adolescence and becoming an adult and "covers the years from the death of his mother, Princess Diana, to his arrival at St Andrew's College".

In the film, William is shown urging the Royal Family to abandon protocol and recognise the mood of the nation in the wake of his mother's death.

His character tells the Queen: "Please Granny, the whole country thinks we don't care, please do something."

The film's executive producer Bonnie Raskin said she believed the palace had a copy of a script.

Aides for Prince Charles at St James's Palace have not commented on the film but earlier this year royal aides said they were "disappointed" at the "insensitivity" of the film.

In the film William is seen drinking with friends Tom and Laura Parker-Bowles, the children of Charles' partner, Camilla.

In one nightclub scene, socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson exposes herself to the prince.

William is also shown bumping into tables and throwing up after getting drunk in a pub on his 16th birthday.

Prince's regrets

Another drunken episode sees his character raiding the wine cellars at Buckingham Palace after a group of his Eton schoolfriends are invited to meet the Queen.

And Charles's relationship with his son is also explored, with the Prince of Wales sympathetic to William's worries about becoming king and revealing his own regrets about not marrying Camilla.

"There are some great opportunities about being in his position," said Frieda, who had a small role in the series Band of Brothers, and was cast just a few days before production began.

"There are some ridiculously hard things - it's got to be an enormous amount of pressure."

Filming took place in Ireland, where castles doubled for Royal homes such as Buckingham Palace and Balmoral.

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