A senior Conservative MP has accused the BBC of libelling Prince Harry after comedian Jo Brand told a joke about the Royal snorting cocaine during Friday's edition of Have I Got News for You.
Referring to Prince George's recent christening, the show's host Brand said: "George's godparents include Hugh van Cutsem – I presume that's a nickname, as in Hugh van cuts 'em and Harry then snorts 'em."
In fact, the baby's godfather is William van Custem, rather than Cutsem, and not his father Hugh, who died recently.
Defence Minister Anna Soubry suggested the comments were libellous and called for apologies from both Brand and the BBC.
"Jo Brand should not have stooped to that level and both she and the BBC should apologise," Soubry told the Sunday Telegraph. "It is a really cheap shot at somebody who has no right of reply and they know will not sue for libel."
Brand said she had not written the line she had read out but admitted she thought it was "funny" and refused to apologised.
"I thought it was funny. I don't really understand what the fuss is about," said Brand. "I am not going to apologise. I didn't write it but I did say it so I am culpable in some way."
The BBC defended the joke as "clearly tongue-in-cheek", and suggested it was par for the course in the long-running comedy panel show.
"Have I Got News For You is a satirical news quiz and the audience is used to the often irreverent humour," said a statement. "This was clearly a tongue-in-cheek comment."