Royle Family star Ralf Little reveals the Queen and Prince were Harry fans

The late Queen and Prince Harry were huge fans of The Royle Family and watched it together “all the time,” according to star Ralf Little.

Ralf, 42, played Antony in the ’90s sitcom, which ran in three series on the BBC from 1998 to 2000, followed by a series of specials from 2006 to 2012.

But now the Death In Paradise star is recalling a time when one of Prince Harry’s friends told him the royal couple were enjoying the show.

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Special times: The late Queen and Prince Harry were huge fans of The Royle Family and, according to star Ralf Little, watched it together “all the time” (the couple is pictured in 2019)

He said: “Years ago I happened to be at a party Prince Harry was at. I struck up a conversation with a lot of Harry’s buddies and one of them said, “We all love The Royle Family.” I said, “Even the big man?”

“He said, ‘Love it. He and his grandma watch it all the time.”

Ralf continued: “Maybe it’s not true, but I like to think so. It assumed that maybe this was a Northern thing, maybe a working-class thing, until apparently the Queen was watching.

The show starred Ricky Tomlinson as Antony’s father, Jim, and Sue Johnston as mother, Barbara.

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’90s hit: Ralf, 42, played Antony in the ’90s sitcom, which ran in three series from 1998 to 2000 and specials from 2006 to 2012 on the BBC

It centered on the life of a television-obsessed Manchester family and presented a comical portrayal of working-class family life at the turn of the millennium.

Speaking on the White Wine Question Time podcast, Ralf said: “We really believed that we had something special, we felt that it worked and that people should love it.

“It’s always a difficult thing, I’ve also been on shows where you think, ‘This is great,’ because we all make the crew laugh, we make each other laugh so much and you think this is going to be great ’cause if we love it that much, everyone else will, and then nobody looks at it, nobody cares.

“But sometimes you just feel a little bit of magic happening. We were cautiously hopeful.

Fun fact: Now the Death In Paradise star recalls a time when one of Prince Harry's friends told him the royal couple enjoyed the show

Fun fact: Now the Death In Paradise star recalls a time when one of Prince Harry's friends told him the royal couple enjoyed the show

Fun fact: Now the Death In Paradise star recalls a time when one of Prince Harry’s friends told him the royal couple enjoyed the show

“We kind of hoped and thought it could be a hit up north because it was going to be so familiar. Then we were surprised that it was also a success in the south.

“And then we thought, ‘Well, maybe it’s just a working-class connection?’ Then we were surprised that it was a hit with middle class people, I mean we’re obsessed with class in Britain anyway.

The actor continued, “I think what’s connected [the show] for all is that family dynamics tend to be very similar and it’s interesting that it transcends class, age, everything.

“Also, I felt like there was only one other show people watched on TV back then, and that was The Simpsons. I can’t think of any other show.’

Now and then: The BBC show focused on the life of a TV-fixated Manchester family and presented a comical portrayal of working-class family life at the turn of the millennium (pictured in 2022)

Now and then: The BBC show focused on the life of a TV-fixated Manchester family and presented a comical portrayal of working-class family life at the turn of the millennium (pictured in 2022)

Speaking on the White Wine Question Time podcast, Ralf said:

Speaking on the White Wine Question Time podcast, Ralf said:

Now and then: The BBC show focused on the life of a TV-fixated Manchester family and presented a comical portrayal of working-class family life at the turn of the millennium. (Picture left in 2022 and right in 2000)

Meanwhile, over 20 years since it aired, the series was issued a warning about discriminatory language in an episode in which Jim Royle used a “Nancy Boy” slur.

In the third episode of the second series, which first aired October 7, 1999, Ricky Tomlinson’s awkward character watches an episode of Dressing Rooms in which he calls Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen a “Nancy Boy.”

Following similar warnings on shows like Fawlty Towers and Dad’s Army, the particular episode, which already had an “adult humor” warning, is also tagged: “Contains discriminatory language that some viewers may find offensive.”

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A BBC representative told MailOnline: “Some older programs occasionally contain language which some viewers may find offensive or inappropriate or which is now in disuse and for this reason we are making this clear on iPlayer and elsewhere.”

Despite the show being hugely popular, the warning has now been added to that specific episode – in the latest warnings classified as too ‘awake’.

Around the same time, the network warned the 1971 film Dad’s Army about “discriminatory language,” which was met with outrage.

The BBC aired the film with a warning that some viewers might find it “obnoxious”, leading outraged fans to urge the company to “stop making problems when there aren’t any”.

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The broadcaster said the warning was “unrelated to the general content of #DadsArmy, a classic British TV show” but said the film “contains a specific racially derogatory phrase”.

The warning refers to the archaic term “fuzzy-wuzzies” used by British soldiers to describe people from Sudan.

In the film, Clive Dunn’s character, Lance Corporal Jones Jones, uses the term “Fuzzy-Wuzzies” to describe enemies he fought in Sudan under General Kitchener.

The BBC issued a warning ahead of broadcast as parts of the classic “could be scandalous”.

Viewers watching the film on the BBC’s iPlayer were shown a message stating: “Contains discriminatory language which some may find offensive.”

Oh man! The Royle Family is the latest BBC show to be warned of discriminatory language over Jim Royle's'Nancy Boy' slur (clockwise from bottom). Jim (RICKY TOMLINSON), Barbara (SUE JOHNSTON), Anthony (RALPH LITTLE), Denise (CAROLINE AHERNE), Dave (CRAIG CASH) and Nana (LIZ SMITH)

Oh man! The Royle Family is the latest BBC show to be warned of discriminatory language over Jim Royle's'Nancy Boy' slur (clockwise from bottom). Jim (RICKY TOMLINSON), Barbara (SUE JOHNSTON), Anthony (RALPH LITTLE), Denise (CAROLINE AHERNE), Dave (CRAIG CASH) and Nana (LIZ SMITH)

Oh man! The Royle Family is the latest BBC show to be warned of discriminatory language over Jim Royle’s ‘Nancy Boy’ slur (clockwise from bottom). Jim (RICKY TOMLINSON), Barbara (SUE JOHNSTON), Anthony (RALPH LITTLE), Denise (CAROLINE AHERNE), Dave (CRAIG CASH) and Nana (LIZ SMITH)

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