It’s bad enough that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have to worry about internal royal family drama and the less-than-ideal behavior of Markle’s own family. Now, they have another thing to worry about: creepy wax figures.
No, I’m not talking about some nightmare-scenario where they’re forced to watch Paris Hilton in her breakout role for House of Wax. I’m referring to this tourist trap who thought it’d be a good idea to slap some ginormous Meghan and Harry heads on actors.
Looking like something Bryan Cranston would rock at Comic Con, Berlin’s Madame Tussauds museum debuted their latest attraction: “living” wax figures of Prince Harry and a pregnant Meghan Markle. Audiences who witnessed the actors were generally unnerved.
After taking a few look at these photos, it’s easy to see why. Featuring a holiday-themed set and actors rocking ugly Christmas sweaters in a variety of intended-to-be-cute-but-are-actually-chilling poses, this life-sized diorama featuring the world’s hottest Royal couple excels in the freak-you-out department.
The best (?) part? To drum up some PR behind their unveiling (as if having actors wear the too-large heads and uploading them online wasn’t enough), they took them to the street.
Madame Tussauds Berlin thought it’d be a good idea to have them parade around a local shopping mall to get the word out about their latest scary creations. Although live reactions from shoppers weren’t captured, it isn’t crazy to assume that they’re pretty much on par with what people have been saying about them online.
Some people weren’t so quick to be mean, following the old-adage: “If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say it at all” but merely commenting that they hope the royal family will release official Christmas photos soon.
I would have to agree — anything to rid my mind of the awfulness I’ve just seen here. It’s not that the dolls’ faces were poorly done. You can tell that a lot of work and effort went into these things.
I think that the main problem is the overall vacancy of their expressions, plus the fact that they’re just that much bigger than the average head. Put that lifeless, near-perfectly recreated visage of a famous person’s head on a live human’s body and the whole thing is just a recipe for absolute horror.
It’s not the first time businesses and companies have had a rough go at capitalizing on the likenesses of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
You’ve got these Royal Wedding dolls, which, for the most part, are actually not that bad. Well, if you forget the fact that Meghan looks a little bit like a random early 2000s local TV news broadcaster.
However, not all commemorative figurines of the event came out so good. There was this set of Cabbage-Patch-looking Harry and Meghan dolls that, even for caricatures, don’t do that good a job depicting the couple.
Harry looks more like Beatles-era John Lennon and Markle’s got more of a Chucky from Child’s Play aesthetic going on.
The doll maker then updated them to try and get their likenesses closer to the real thing, presumably after the deluge of criticism they faced online.
While it seems they got closer to Harry’s actual hair color, and it’s clear that they improved the overall quality, they still didn’t really look much like them. Yikes.
However, the wax figures of the couple that debuted previously, were right on the money, yet creepy for a different reason.
The chill factor from these bad boys come from just how on-the-nose they were. In fact, if you were to see a photo of them, you’d probably just think that someone snapped a candid pic of the Royal couple — that’s how good they are.
Of course you’d expect Madame Tussauds from London to go hard — if they’re not going to come correct when it’s time to rep British royals, then who will? Still, I don’t get why people would want to take photos with these things.
Yes, they are incredible examples of human artistry and dedicated to a craft, no matter how weird, but I still can’t wrap my head around why you’d be so fascinated with a lifeless husk created to replicate the image of another human being.
Then again, if I had to choose between these and those actors wearing the oversized wax heads, I’d pick the actor-less figures all day.