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John Lydon spits chips over Megxit £20million-a-year bill

John Lydon has lashed out at Prince Harry’s ‘selfishness’ at abandoning England then having the English taxpayer foot his over-inflated personal security bill.

The controversy of Megxit started when Prince Harry and his new wife, American actress Meghan Markle, decided to step down from royal duties for a future of financial independence in the USA.

They would achieve this through lucrative media deals including a Netflix series. According to a Feb 2020 article in the Mirror UK, this has put a major strain on their security detail with the estimated bill to reach over £20 million per year, funded by British taxpayers.

This has rightly pissed off many people in the UK, including Lydon, singer for the Sex Pistols.

Meghan And Harry
Duke and Duchess of Sussex – Harry and Meghan

The Mirror also reports that in Lydon’s latest book, I Could Be Wrong, I Could Be Right, published in October 2020, he gives his views on this public injustice:

“That Prince Harry, he’s making no effort to try and improve the situation — he’s just thinking of himself here.”

“Well, hello. Give the money back. “

“It’s a terrible thing to say because of course he can’t, he never asked for it in the first place but he’s making people resent him when he should have chosen a better route.”

God Save The Queen
‘God Save the Queen’ – Sex Pistols 1977 artwork

The 1977 genre defining song ‘God Save the Queen’ by the Sex Pistols pegged Johnny Rotten as a staunch anti-monarchist.  However, in a Prefix interview in 2010 he sets the record straight for us:

“People think I hate the Royal Family, but that’s not true. My animosity is towards the institution, not the people themselves.”

He goes on to praise the changes he’s seen in the royal family over the years since the doldrums that led to ‘God Save the Queen’:

‘Di firmly started laying the pathway out of all that. She was fantastic. Di introduced a different element to it all. She refused to turn up and just be a cartoon character in someone else’s charade.’

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Lydon in Country Life butter ad 2008 – He’s mellowed over the years

In 2010, he even wrote a letter to the Sun, congratulating Will and Kate on their upcoming wedding. He goes on to condemn the public’s classist view of their union:

“(Prince William) is marrying someone different to himself and that’s wonderful – some mix and match. I can’t stand it when people have a jealous reaction to this, saying (Kate Middleton) is a gold-digger and he is marrying beneath him. That horrible class thing always comes out in Britain and it’s got to stop.”

If a rejection of the royal institution is held highly by Lydon, then by rights Harry should be his favourite. Surely he can throw him a few bob to stop gun toting Americans from messing with him?

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