Kim Kardashian slammed for using Megxit storyline for 'Royal Runaways' game featuring prince and princess
The game's 'uncanny resemblance to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's exit from the royal family and their recent 'explosive' interview with Oprah Winfrey gave way to a lot of criticism
Kim Kardashian was forced to take down a new level of her smartphone app's game 'Royal Runaways', which featured a prince and a princess that want to escape an 'unwelcoming' royal family. The reality star was not fully aware of the game's storyline's similarity to the real-life events of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry leaving the British royal family, until Tuesday, May 25 and when the issue was brought to her notice, she "immediately took steps to ensure it was taken down, " a source close to Kim told DailyMail.com.
"She is disappointed that this happened and has requested an internal investigation to ensure that this misstep doesn’t happen again, " the source further added. Kim, 40, launched the app titled 'Kim Kardashian: Hollywood' in 2014, encouraging fans to play the game and progress through different levels. The fans could 'ease' their journey by purchasing K Coins. The app is free, but the cheapest way of purchasing K Coins is buying 1,250 for $99.99.
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The latest addition to the app was a game 'Royal Runaways', featuring a character called Princess Bianca and her husband Prince Aston having a conversation about quitting royal life and confronting the queen. Fans were quick to note that the comparison between the characters and the real-life British royal drama with Prince Harry and Meghan. Kim received severe backlash for cashing in on Megxit.
Game makers Glu Mobile stated they'd removed the game. "We heard a lot of valuable feedback around our recent Prince Aston and Princess Bianca quest. It’s clear we missed the mark with this, and we sincerely apologize. We did not intend to direct any negativity towards any particular person or groups of people. The content is no longer live in the game, " a spokesman told DailyMail.com.
What is 'Royal Runaways' game?
In the game, a couple is seen giving an interview, where Bianca says, "Prince Aston has done everything in his power to welcome me into the Royal Family. Unfortunately, I can't say the same about everyone in his family. The Queen is a symbol of tradition, but as times change, perhaps some traditions become outdated."
The player has to hold an auction in the game, which will help the prince and princess after quitting royal life. Bianca sets an interview with the player to discuss their exit from the royal family afterward. The game also shows the couple having dinner with the queen who says to the player, "I suppose you're quite proud of yourself digging into my family's business on television."
Bianca then says, "After much contemplation and deliberation my husband and I have decided to . . . LEAVE the Royal Family." Prince Aston chips in, "There is nothing I wouldn't do to ensure my wife's happiness." Then a message appears on the screen which says, "I fully support my friends @Prince_Aston and @Princess_Bianca in their decision and wish them all the best from the very bottom of my heart. #FriendsForever."
The game's 'uncanny resemblance to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's exit from the royal family and their recent 'explosive' interview with Oprah Winfrey gave way to a lot of criticism. Users posted tweets like, "Kim moving in on megnuts paycheck, " and "What do expect from American so called celebs. I think all the Kardashians are one big joke. Nothing real about them, all fake."
Kim moving in on megnuts paycheck 😂😂— Naomie Just passing thru (@Justpas26296498) May 26, 2021
What do expect from American so called celebs. I think all the Kardashians are one big joke. Nothing real about them , all fake..— Eric Black (@EricBla64174645) May 26, 2021
Glu Mobile, the maker of Kardashian's app was bought by Electronic Arts for $2.1 billion in February. Glu posted revenue of $540.5 million last year. Although, it is unclear how much Kim makes from the app.