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Prince Harry Sex and Drug Jokes Gets Channel 4, BBC Into Trouble

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After Prince Harry's naked photo escapades in Las Vegas last year, it's not surprising U.K. TV shows continue to have fun at his expense.

But a sexually explicit joke Channel 4's college comedy, Fresh Meat, made about the royal definitely went too far for one British politician and now the broadcaster and the BBC are coming under fire, accused of "degrading" the royal family as the result.

The offending quip in question is spoken by a student named JP, played by comedian Jack Whitehall, who tells a friend: "I'll take you to a place on the King's Road where Prince Harry got a hand job off an assistant manager at Abercrombie & Fitch."

That randy remark didn't go over so well with Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell who, according to the Telegraph, called the remark "inappropriate."

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"The media should not involve the Royal family in this sort of thing," he said. "It's inappropriate and degrading and it demeans the broadcasters that engage in it. It's just wrong." 

Channel 4 however defended the Harry humor.

"Fresh Meat has established itself as a very irreverent comedy drama," the network said in a statement. "In the context of the episode this clearly tongue in cheek line is part of the character JP attempting to impress his fellow students by ironically boasting about his own privilege." 

The brouhaha comes just a few days after the BBC found itself in hot water after Jo Brand, the host of its panel show, Have I Got News For You, made a wisecrack last week suggesting the fourth in line to the throne takes cocaine while discussing Prince William and Kate Middleton's choice of godparents for Prince George.

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"George's godparents include Hugh van Cutsem…I presume that's a nickname as in Hugh van cuts 'em and Harry then snorts 'em," said Brand.

After an outcry from Kensington Palace, the network subsequently issued an apology (of sorts) to the royals, regretting a "factual inaccuracy" in the joke after Brand mixed up the name of the godfather, saying Hugh when it was supposed to be "Will" for godfather William van Cutsem.  But the broadcaster stood by the drug insinuation, citing the show's satirical mission.

"This was clearly a tongue-in-cheek comment," said the BBC.

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