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13/05/2021 15:04 BST

BBC Censors RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under Joke About Prince Andrew

Another remark about Prince Philip was also cut from the UK broadcast.

The BBC has confirmed that jokes about the Royal Family were cut from the UK version of RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under.

In last week’s episode of the reality show, which sees drag queens from Australia and New Zealand competing in the usual Drag Race format, the queens took part in the celebrity impersonation Snatch Game challenge.

New Zealand queen Anita Wigl’it played Queen Elizabeth II and made a number of comments about the royals over the course of the episode.

However, it’s now been revealed that not all of them made it into the final cut, including one referencing Prince Andrew.

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Anita Wig'lit in character as Queen Elizabeth II

According to The Guardian, Anita told RuPaul during the challenge: “I wish a dingo would have taken my baby, then I wouldn’t have anything to do with Prince Andrew any more.”

The Guardian has reported that this, and an additional joke about Prince Philip were cut from the UK version of the episode, which began streaming on BBC Three on Sunday.

Drag Race Down Under was recorded in January 2021, prior to the Duke Of Edinburgh’s death.

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Anita Wigl'it at the Drag Race Down Under premiere

A BBC spokesperson said: “The BBC occasionally makes edits to acquired programmes in accordance with UK audience expectations.”

Interestingly, another joke about Prince Andrew was included in the broadcast, which saw Anita stating: “When somebody turns 100 I write them a letter – and when somebody turns 16 Prince Andrew writes them a text.”

Later in the episode, Anita – as Queen Elizabeth II – claimed she’d told Meghan Markle the secret to a long life was to “not to piss me off, and wear a seatbelt”.

New episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under are available to watch on BBC Three every Sunday.