A controversial game featuring offensive cards about the late Queen and Prince Philip can be seen in one of Prince Harry’s rooms in the grounds of Kensington Palace.
Cards Against Humanity – which describes itself as a “party game of horrible people” – has been spotted in an image used in the Netflix docuseries of Harry and Meghan.
It has previously generated controversy over its “sick” content, which includes references to the Princess of Wales, the Madeleine McCann affair and the Hillsborough disaster.
The game, which also contains “jokes” about the Holocaust and Michael Jackson, appears in the fourth episode of the Netflix series, where Harry and Meghan lash out at things they consider offensive.
There is no indication that it was their game or that they played it.
But Majesty magazine editor Ingrid Seward said: “This game is sick. It’s ridiculous and absolutely tasteless whether you’re a royal or not.”
One eagle-eyed viewer added: “I couldn’t believe it when I saw it so I redid the scene. It’s amazing because the game makes fun of the Queen and other members of the royal family.”
“I appreciate it may not be their game but it’s an amazing irony when you consider that it’s on a show where they talk about being humiliated.
“I know the game and it’s very offensive to a lot of people and events.
“It also contains shocking content. I was disgusted to see it included on their Netflix show.”
The game’s black box is shown on the floor while Harry stands in uniform in a room at Nottingham Cottage.
In the episode, the Sussexes groan over their wedding in 2018 and the cramped living conditions at Grace’s and favourite’s estate, which is in the grounds of Kensington Palace in west London.
Players are encouraged to be as offensive as possible in Cards Against Humanity, which has come under fire again and again since its launch in 2011.
A blurb on the box reads: “Unlike most party games you’ve played before, Cards Against Humanity is just as despicable and awkward as you and your friends.”
It was conceived by a group of friends in Chicago who admitted that one of their goals was to “mutilate” the royal family.
The game makes offensive references to the late Queen twice and to Kate and Prince Philip.
It sparked outrage in Merseyside over the reference to the 1989 Hillsborough disaster which killed 97 people.
The family support group in Hillsborough said the makers had “warped minds”.
Clarence Mitchell – former spokesperson for Madeleine McCann’s parents Kate and Jerry – also called the game “extremely offensive” as one of the cards refers to the disappearance of their daughter in 2007.
Each round the player reads from one of 90 cards, containing either a question or a blank phrase. The other players holding a number of response cards have to fill in the blank.
The player who gives the most offensive answer wins a point.
Its creators have previously defended its controversial content.
Ellie Halpern, UK version project lead, said of the cards satirizing the royal family: “This was our mission statement – to take the most sacred thing in the UK and distort it.”
Fellow inventor Bin Hantoot said, “We had no idea how it would get off the ground. This was a game we made on New Year’s Eve to entertain ourselves.”
It is the latest controversy surrounding the Harry and Meghan Netflix series. Yesterday, representatives for the couple did not respond to a request for comment.
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