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Monday, 7 October, 2002, 13:09 GMT 14:09 UK
Prince William movie: Your views
Fictional Prince William, Prince Charles and Prince Harry
The film starts after the death of Diana
A "coming of age" TV movie about Prince William has been screened by American network ABC.

The film promised to uncover the "complicated yet loving relationship" with his father, Prince Charles.

It focused 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".

Was the film an accurate depiction of royal life? Did Jordan Frieda give a good performance as the young prince?

This debate is now closed. Please see below for a selection of your views. Have your say

What a complete waste of time. Very boring and completely fictional.
Lily, USA

When I initially heard that there was going to be a movie made about Prince William, I was adament that I would boycott it out of principle and sympathy for Prince William. However, I buckled and watched the movie, and I found it to be quite entertaining and very respectful towards all members of the Royal Family. I was very pleased with Jordan Frieda's portrayal of Will; he made him sensitive, intelligent and headstrong, which are traits that I believe most people state him as possessing. I enjoyed it and saw little harm in it, but of course, the Prince will probably feel quite different.
Katrina, Canada

The film was pure fictional drivel. They couldn't even get facts straight and tossed in certain items just for the target audience instead of keeping within the limits of what really happened (i.e. the press call was not the way it was shown... the driving press call was wrong too). Pure inaccuracies like that bug me. Oh, and I couldn't stop thinking that Jordan Frieda looks like a young Rob Lowe and the actor playing Harry could have been a Ron Weasley contender in Harry Potter.
Jerri Keele, USA


The acting was pretty wooden but Charles's accent was spot on

Paddy, Canada
I thought the movie was okay, it wasnt really anything we, the public, didn't already know, kinda old news. With the exception that they "guessed" on what was said in private conversations. I have to say I've seen better from Disney and if they were going to do a movie on Prince William they could have done a better job. I find the biography on A&E more entertaining than the movie. At least Biography has the facts and you see the truth and not just part of it. On top of that, I don't know why they decided to make a movie, I mean he really hasn't done a lot, it's not like he's getting married or anything.
Jamie, USA

No doubt Princess William and Harry are lovely young men, however I'm finding it hard to buy the fact that Charles is so "sweet" 24/7. Camilla was in the movie for like two seconds, and it still made me barf!
Ally, U.S.

I just saw the made for TV movie and thought it covered the publicised events of William's life to a tee. The acting was pretty wooden but Charles's accent was spot on. Tara Palmer T was portrayed as a party girl which was pretty amusing wearing her trade mark swimming mask and snorkel to a party, and Tom "Charlie" Parker Bowles was portrayed as a hanger-on and a wide boy. I think the director was getting most of his info from the Sun rag although this film caters for the US market and their tabloid hunger for royal gossip. But a pig with a silk hat on is still a pig!
Paddy, Canada


Abolute tosh, factually incorrect and panders to the American market

Sally, UK/USA
I'm sorry that an American movie production company made this bad movie for the world to see, especially England! The "William" in the movie doesn't even look like Prince Wills. What an embarrassment!
Mike, USA

I saw a few minutes of this on Breakfast TV in the UK. It looked hilarious. Any plans to show it here?
Paul, UK

Awful rubbish.
Lemon, United States of America

Abolute tosh, factually incorrect and panders to the American market and their morbid fascination with William, Harry and anything that can be construed as anti-Prince Charles.
Sally, UK/USA

Sorry, was this about my Royal Family? I simply saw no resemblance at all, either in the choice of actors, their performances or the accuracy of the script. Surely the American public isn't interested in pure fiction of this sort? Ahhh, sorry, I just rememberered, Saving Private Ryan and U571! Maybe this fairytale will do well in the States, after all, the others did!
David, United Kingdom


I doubt that it got much attention over here. The royal family is mainly considered a boring oddity in the US

Jane, USA
Charles declaring his love for Diana to William....yes folks, we all know how much Charles loved Diana. The entire movie was pure Disney fiction!
Kathy, USA

For what it was - pure entertainment, I thought it was interesting. Nobody expected "the whole truth and nothing but the truth". I thought the guy playing Charles didn't look like him but had the voice exactly and the boy playing William was excellent in appearance and mannerisms.
Marilyn, Canada

Saw this on a trip to the US recently. What a complete insult to the Royal family. This treacherous filth does nothing but complicate the life of this already over-publicised youth. A total waste of viewing time.
Steve, BE

"St Andrews College" - ugh. It's the University of St Andrews, and is composed of two colleges. A simple trip to the website would have got this fact right.
James Harvey, UK

Typical made-for-TV fare. Mediocre casting, bland script, uninteresting subject matter. I doubt that it got much attention over here. The royal family is mainly considered a boring oddity in the US.
Jane, USA


Strange that the Royal Family would not want folks to see this remarkable piece of infotainment

David Ireton, Canada
I thought it depicted everyone with respect. It showed William to be an ordinary teenager going through extrodinary experiences. I thought the way the producers chose to portray Charles in such a good light was a pleasant surprise - I have always thought of him as a good egg. On the down side - it was quite silly and left in the stereotype that Americans have of us Brits saying "bloody" every other bloody word! All in all it's just a harmless TV movie so who really cares anyway?
Lee, USA, ex-UK

We thought the film was OK, it could have been a lot worse. So many films have portrayed the Royal Family in a bad light so it was good to see something different. It showed the Royals to be real people with emotions like the rest of us.
James and Melanie, British residing in US

I watched this effort with very low expectations. No review seemed to have anything positive to say.

However, it was an engaging and well-constructed piece of work.

There was little maudlin sentimentality about Diana's death. The portrayal of the Royals was both sensitive and sympathetic.

William looked like a young version of David Bowie. Charles was superbly played, demonstrating nicely both the complexity and straightforwardness of the man.

It was almost spooky to watch the portayal of Her Majesty, so close in voice and appearance was the actress.

All told, an outstanding job! Strange that the Royal Family would not want folks to see this remarkable piece of infotainment.
David Ireton, Canada

It was totally lame. Will, Harry, don't watch it - you'll die of embarrassment.
Stephanie, USA

Like passing a disaster scene, one could not help but stare at this movie. In May, 1961 the then Chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission, Newton Minnow, called television "a vast wasteland." Last night's TV movie "Prince William" proved that Mr Minnow's words still hold true.
Chet Cutick, Staten Island, NY USA


I was living in England when much of this was happening and I thought this movie was pure fantasy

Nate, Brit in US
I was running on the treadmill when I turned this programme on my television. I had to stop running from laughing so hard. What garbage we are fed.
Patrick, USA

Very, very amusing. A delightful mix of hilarious dialogue and eye-scrunching gringiness. Marvellous! No wonder the US think of us the way they do.
Paul Palmer, USA/UK

This programme should be up for an Emmy award next year, "Best Comedy" category or if there was one, "The Most Cringe Making".
Mark Benson, New York, USA

I watched about two minutes of it, but had to turn it off when they referred to a "holiday" as a "vacation" and then one of Will's Eton school friends said "it sucks". I'm sorry, but no self-respecting British citizen, and definitely not one from the poshest public school in the UK, would utter those words!
Louise, Brit in the US

I saw parts of it. Thought the part of William was played fairly true-to-life. Liked the likeness of actor playing the Queen. Thought they could have done a better job of casting Charles. Harry character was ok - probably fairly on the money.
Larry Hermann, U.S.

Awful...better yet, offal!
Andy, Canada

I was living in England when much of this was happening and I thought this movie was pure fantasy... it must've been written by the Brit tabloids because most of it was inaccurate and made-up.
Nate, Brit in USA


Wretched and execrable

Robert del Valle
I adore William but this movie was in its entirety a fictional fantasy, based solely on rumoured and tabloid enthralled events. What really got me was the whole "I loved Diana so much" bit that "Charles" said. Right then and there should have been proof enough just how much "Disney" magic was strewn through the film.

Only positive thing to say is, Camilla was in it for a whole two seconds. Come on bive the poor boys a rest, hasn't their mother been exploited enough for the both of them?
Vicki, USA

I found the movie refreshing...no one has a perfect family and this was reassuring in a way. I enjoyed it. I found it realistic - truth or fiction, it was realistic...no new emotions though...no new sympathy that wasn't already there formed for the family.

It was entertaining...and I do not think it was an invasion of privacy. I think it was stuff people already knew and/or think they know to make a realistic depiction into entertainment for those of us who are fascinated with the family.
Rebecca, USA

This was a hilarious movie! The movie was mildly entertaining for Sunday-night fare. I still have a lot of respect for Princes William, Harry, and Charles after seeing this. William is way more gorgeous than Mr. Frieda, however.
Mia Bennett, USA

Wretched and execrable. Please forgive us.
Robert del Valle, USA


The only good part was the end with the press conference!

Margarette, USA
If I were Prince William, I would invite a bunch of friends over, have a couple of pints, and pop this absurd film into the VCR and have an incredibly good laugh. Typical, mindless garbage, but harmless nonetheless. I don't think that this film was any more disrespectful of the Royal Family than Spitting Image or any other royal dramatisations. I would hope that William has enough of a sense of humor and is secure enough as an individual to get a laugh out of stuff like this. I sure did.
John, USA

With all the Jerry Springer, Celebrity Boxing and "real TV" at least many Americans spent the night watching a somewhat wholesome show. Though it may have been a fictional portrayal of this story, with bad acting ,at least no one was getting beat up, finding out their dog was sleeping with their brother or taking their boyfriend on an island to be cheated on.
Michelle, USA

I love the Royal Family, and I thought this drama was unrelenting drivel!! It didn't reflect reality in any way. And what on earth was that scene with the custard about? T
Philip Chandler, born in UK but living in New York, USA

I didn't want to watch this movie but like a car-wreck one can't help but stare. The parts I saw were so saccherine I thought I was getting a tooth ache. It was plain horrible and if Disney wants something this annoyningly sweet they should make it an animated film.
Vanessa, USA


Will and Harry appear like such fine men but to be associated with a dump movie like this is disappointing

Pauline Njuno Williams, USA
I felt the film was in bad taste. It made Prince William appear unhappy, a drinker, and a partier. It was all based on tabloid gossip! I feel as a Prince William fan they could have put more emphasis on some of the good things he's done. The only good part was the end with the press conference!
Margarette, USA

Fiction is a great literary art, but not when it purports to be a biography of a living person. I do not think that anyone - especially a young person - deserves to be trashily portrayed in this way.
William, Canada

Utter tripe - another ghastly and ill-informed look at the private lives of Great Britain's Monarchy. Do these people really think we will watch this drivel - I would love to get the names of the fact-checkers on this show.
Ommanney, US

Rubbish! Nonsense! Madness. Will and Harry appear like such fine men but to be associated with a dump movie like this is disappointing. It should be left for likes of Camilla and Charles. I think for Diana's sake, leave the boys out.
Pauline Njuno Owens, Kenya

I am very fond of the British royal family especially William and Diana. After all the fuss that seemed to take place out of the palace I thought that the movie was going to portray Wiilam as a roayl, spoilt brat but it didn't. I don't know if all the events were accurate or if the people were portrayed correctly but the movie had William and the rest of the royal family down as very nice, loving, and down to earth people. I know that I'm an "outsider" since I am not from the UK but the movie truly made me adore the British royal family even more than I did before.
Tiki, U.S.A.


I was pleasantly surprised to find the story sensitive to Prince William and Prince Harry

Julie Ann Gergotz, USA
As we say here in California - it sucked. The acting was awful and the writing was nauseating. If I were William I'd be completely mortified.
Finn, CA, USA

Classic stuff. Truly terrible - I have no idea for whom this film was made. People either don't care about Prince William or know more than is healthy. Nonetheless, as a Brit in New York, this stuff is priceless.
F Wonkham-Strong, Brit in USA

Can only say that this film is completely derogotatory and that the US channel which produced this rubbish should be ashamed. To all Americans out there, please don't view this as what all Brits are like! We're really nice people!
Adam, England

For some reason, everyone seems to think that an American wrote the script and produced the movie when it was actually an English director and screen writer.
Daniel, USA

I think the funniest part of the movie was when William had to explain "snogging" to Charles, just so the American viewers would know what they were talking about. Somehow it didn't dawn on the makers to see that this might be out of place. I'm sure if there is a sequal we'll hear Harry explain to the Queen where to find England on the map!
Bob, Canada

I watched the movie expecting to hate it, since I have a deep love and respect for the Royal Family and Princess Diana. But I was pleasantly surprised to find the story sensitive to Prince William and Prince Harry. And I was most delighted to see the character of The Prince of Wales to be a very loving and devoted father of his sons. I believe this part to be factual, based on actual clips of the boys with HRH Prince Charles. You can tell their is a great love between them. And I am also glad this was depicted in the film.

But enough of these films. Can we just leave the Royals to their duty and respect their private lives? But I believe that the Brits could have done a better job with authenticity. I only view British made films for this reason. The Americans seem to place too much fantasy into their films. Therefore, I do not find them entertaining in the least.
Julie Ann Gergotz, USA


Not only did the actors look nothing like the people they were portraying, the script was obviously put together through tabloid articles

Collin Kelley, USA
I caught the last 30 minutes of it only because my mother didn't want to see the rest of The Matrix, and in that 30 minutes, I can definitely say: What a waste of millions of dollars that could be used to help children in Africa or someonewhere.
Nikd, USA

Pathetic proof that Cinderella fantasies still exist in our young women and how quickly Michael Eisner is to capitalise and exploit a never ending fairy tale that shall never ring true.
Miranda Peach, USA

I think it's ironic that the movie focuses on how William hates the press and their fixation on him, yet the movie is exactly what Prince William would probably hate.
Julie, USA

This is a movie that depicts the problems that Prince William faces and we learn what he wants and how he expects his others to respect his decisions. Here is a young man that went through a lot of hurt and pain but he very sensitively confront his father and the Queen about his oponions. I also like the way these adult folks listen to his point of view. I think the movie brings out what Prince William wants for his life and how he intends to deal with those distracting him.
Marcelle Jagdeo, USA

I saw half an hour of this, and could not stand it... the actors were awful, and the movie itself was rubbish! If anything it was degrading to Britain!
Neil, Brit in USA


I absolutely can not understand how whoever came up with this idea focused so heavily on how much William longed for a private life and then barged ahead and made a movie about him

Cari Lynn, USA
Against my better judgement, I watched about an hour of this awful made for television bit of rubbish. Not only did the actors look nothing like the people they were portraying, the script was obviously put together through tabloid articles. I'm sure there are some tiny, miniscule truths portrayed, but the rest is tosh. Although Camilla should be thrilled because the actress playing her was at least 20 years younger than the real Ms. Parker-Bowles.
Collin Kelley, USA

I decided to watch the movie because for quite some time, I had a crush on Prince William (I'll admit it!). The actor who played William, Jordan Frieda, looked nothing like him. And did anyone else notice that him and Prince Harry (Eddie Cooper) were way too close in height? Yes, I know that William and Harry are close in height now - but 5 years ago?? I think not!

Also, the very last scene (William doing his first public interview with the press) made me angry. Anyone who knows about that event knows that Harry WAS NOT with Charles and William!

Also, originally the interview with the press was supposed to be about William's gap year. One of the interviewers just happened to have asked him about that book. All in all, I'm very disappointed and expected more from Disney. I still can't believe this movie was ever made - let alone shown to the public.
Kim, USA

Saw most of the movie. Somewhat boring. Thought it strange that a 25-year old actor was portraying a 16-year old. Nevertheless, thought the movie portrayed Prince William respectfully.
Sue, USA


I thought the whole movie was there to try and make Prince Charles look good

Heather, Canada
I absolutely can not understand how whoever came up with this idea focused so heavily on how much William longed for a private life and then barged ahead and made a movie about him that would chronicle things that MAY or MAY NOT have happened in his life. I found it really hypocritical and I wish the world would give Wills the private life he seems to long for. I understand that his royalty makes him famous... but I see him as a pretty ordinary guy caught in some extraordinary circumstances. I wish others would do the same.
Cari Lynn, USA

This wasn't all bad. It didn't seem to be too concerned about the truth and the research could have been more thorough. The drama and subject were nevetheless entertaining. It was disappointing to see Prince William depicted by someone much less good looking and charismatic than he is.
Bill, US

I can't believe they made Prince Charles look so nice and loving. What is that garbage about him loving Diana? And how did they know the private conversations?

I thought the whole movie was there to try and make Prince Charles look good. Not impressed with that. Not to mention Camilla.
Heather, Canada

It is one thing to watch historic movies about long dead, great Kings and Queens, such as Henry VIII, or Queen Victoria, because it brings them back to life for us, but quite another to fantasise on the private life of an existing, young royal whose life, so far, isn't worth speculating about. If Prince William doesn't care to watch this drivel, then that makes the insult of putting out this trash, expecting the general public to watch it like some sort of sycophantic imbecils, even worse.
Wendy, USA


I am so pleased that the UK boycotted the film. It annoys me that many people watched that film and believe the situations depicted in it

Keri_Lynn Power, Canada
The movie was obviously aimed at the teen market. It was like a music video with acting sequences.

Casting was perfect for every role except for Prince William's. In bio pics, actors are generally better looking than the person they're portraying. Not the case in this movie. Prince William is far more handsome than the actor who portrayed him.

The Palace had nothing to worry about. The movie was as fluffy as cotton candy.
Shaunda, USA

I watched the Prince William movie last night - what utter garbage. I'd love to know exactly what basis of fact it was supposedly based upon. I can't imagine for a second that it is a faithful portrayal of anything other than a TV director's vivid imagination, and if so it's no more than another vehicle for portraying mythology as fact. I am very surprised that ABC would makes a movie of this type, it was poorly acted, unsubtantiated, junk TV.
Mike Timmer, Brit in the USA

I only watched the last half of the film. First of all it is impossible for anyone to give an accurate depiction of Royal life unless you live as a Royal.Secondly, Jordan Freida's performance was unmemorable. His acting was solid but he lacked the charisma,the strength, and sensitivity that is present in Prince William. I was constantly reminded that he was not the Prince.

I am so pleased that the UK boycotted the film. It annoys me that many people watched that film and believe the situations depicted in it. What they fail to realise is how can one know what is said in private conversations between memebers of the Royal family?

To say it is not disrespectful to the Royals is a fallacy. The film ends with the three Princes tackling the press to protect Diana, such caring, noble men with accolades of integrity. I have no doubt they possess all of these characteristics. Prince Charles having an intimate conversation with his son about relationships and true loves...it melts my heart.

The film is a wolf in sheep's clothing, and poorly done at that. Safe to say there will be no Oscars for this film. I would file it under R for Rubbish.
Keri-Lynn Power, Canada/UK


Shameless fictional drivel

Pat Carson, USA
Ghastly! Thank goodness UK viewers will be spared such rubbish.
Ronald Clinton, Canada

What rubbish, come on, give the Brits a break! This isn't even close to the truth. The American people are not stupid so why do the media broadcasters insist on broadcasting this fictional tat?
Andy A, Brit in NYC

I decided to watch only to confirm my gut feeling that it would be a another US-made no-brainer. Well suited for the ABC audience (read as Disney's audience). It was absoBLOODYlutely tosh. To top it all it was amusing to read the disclaimer at the end with the usual "characters are fictional blah blah blah...." after they had just been giving us information about what prince William was doing now. Just out of curiousity, is there no rule disallowing the making of movies about people alive?
S Chakrabarty, Canada

Shameless fictional drivel ( dribble?), capitalising on the pain of these vulnerable young men.
Pat Carson, USA

This movie did not show the true Prince William, and he already has enough people trying to be like him!
Callie, United States

Well, I have a huge amount of respect for the Princes. They've been through so much, and when they were so young. The movie depicted Willam as "the party boy" of the family, which I had perceived Harry as being. I've read articles and so on about who Harry is the flirtatious and firey one while William is the studious, shy, quiet type. Jordan Freida isn't the best of actors, but I find it interesting that he attended Eaton with William...they weren't friends, but it would be akward.

The movie didn't really capture the essence of the William that really exists (from my perception at least, which isn't always the greatest one) but something called the "suspension of disbelief" is in play. This was a fictional story about an unfictional young man, and that's that.
Carrie Adams, USA

Enjoyed the movie but find it hard to believe the "boys" accept Camilla. Certainly Charles could do better than her, or maybe he's not so bright. Wish there would be more movies about them and Diana. What a shame she had to die at such a young age. The world needs young people to look up to and they all seem to die young, i.e Diana, John K. etc
W. Mayton, USA

I only watched about 45 minutes of the movie, before I shut the sound off to talk to someone that kept my interest, but in all I guess it was okay. What I really didn't like was the way they portrayed William as a drama queen. I really don't think William is that cheesy. He seems like an intelligent well-rounded guy. Well, that's about it. Just wanna say that I do respect William, Harry, Charles, etc. and I really don't think this movie did any of them justice.
Cherish Griggs-17, NY, USA

Liked it enormously. would like to believe that's the way it really happened/happens. I hope the Princes have a wonderful relationship with their Father and both sides of their families.
Kim, USA

I absolutely thought it was a great movie. The characters were amazing and mostly the reason why people didn't like this movie, was the fact that they probably know nothing about the Royal Family at all. But anyway, it was an awesome film, when is it going to air again?
Lisa C., Colorado, USA

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