Prince Harry and Meghan Markle respond to claims they're suing South Park for episode mocking them
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have responded to rumours suggesting they could take legal action against South Park over an episode which appeared to mock the former royals.
Harry and Meghan might have stepped back from their royal roles, but that definitely doesn't mean they're out of the spotlight.
South Park looked to make that clear with the episode Worldwide Privacy Tour, which aired last week.
Over the last few months, Harry and Meghan have opened up about their experiences in a Netflix documentary, and Prince Harry has revealed all sorts of surprising tales in his autobiography, Spare.
The couple weren't explicitly named in South Park's latest episode, but it's not hard to spot the similarities between them and the two new characters in the animated show, with the man's ginger hair and beard and the woman's pink outfit and hat, which closely resembled Meghan's Trooping the Colour look in 2018.
In the episode, the two characters carried signs reading 'we want our privacy' and 'stop looking at us' as they travelled to different locations around the world and advertised the man's book, titled Waaagh.
Following the episode's release, a commentary published by Fox News claimed Harry and Meghan's legal team were 'casting an eye over the episode to see what is wrong'.
Citing sources close to the couple, Harry and Meghan were said to be 'very unhappy' with the episode.
The report said the creators of South Park hadn't yet received any news of legal action, but were 'aware' that the episode may have ramifications.
In the wake of the claims, a spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex responded to dismiss the idea that the pair were planning on filing a lawsuit.
"It's all frankly nonsense. Totally baseless, boring reports," the spokesperson told People.
Meghan has previously opened up about her and Harry's expectations of privacy as she spoke to Oprah Winfrey in their 2021 interview, when she commented: "I think everyone has a basic right to privacy. Basic. We're not talking about anything that anybody else wouldn't expect."
She continued: "If you're at work and you have a photograph of your child on your desk, and your co-worker says, 'Oh, my gosh, your kid's so cute. That's fantastic! Can I see your phone so I can see all the pictures of your child?' You go, 'No. This is the picture I'm comfortable sharing with you."
Harry and Meghan's global press secretary has made clear that the couple's announcement to step back from their royal duties mentioned 'nothing of privacy'.
UNILAD has attempted to contact a representative for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for comment.
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