Morrissey blasts Prince William for trophy hunting comments

Morrisey at an interview in Austin Texas in 2006. Photo: Charlie Llewellin (used under the Creative Commons Licence)

Former Smiths’ frontman Morrissey has hit out at Prince William, who is currently in Kenya for the wedding of his friend Jecca Craig, over his recent comments during an ITV News interview which appeared to support the hunting of “old, infirm animals”.

“CNN reports today that ‘Prince’ William endorses the shooting/killing of ‘old, infirm animals’ (termed wildlife because they are not in cages). He claims it is OK if the animal is infertile or past its best. Since all of these terms apply to ‘the Queen’, is William suggesting that she, too, should be shot?

“Indefatigable in their love of killing, the Boil Family above any other have driven many species to near extinction, yet they are exempt from charges of poaching or trafficking or murder because, well, because they are the family most feared by the UK press.

“Who made this family ‘royal’? You? No. Me? No. Themselves? Yes.

“There is no mention on today’s BBC news of William’s badge-of-the-brute thumbs-up for killing, and Kensington Palace refuses to comment, after all, what could they possibly say? Like us, they surely bear William like an ulcer.” – Morrissey speaking on fan site True to You.

In a separate statement, the NME report that Morrissey claimed that if Prince William was black “not only would the media blast him to oblivion [over the comments], but he would also be arrested”.

“What is it about you that cannot survive without killing? If any animal living freely can manage to survive to reach an ‘old age’, why shoot it? Should it not be cherished for its determination against born killers such as ‘Prince’ William?”

“William, please go away – to any of the many other islands owned by your grandmother. Go there. Stay there. Spare us of your children, and for your own sake, say not another word. You are an intellectual embarrassment.” – Morrissey

Morrissey has exhibited enduring anti-royalist views from his teenage years, fiercely criticising the British monarchy publicly stating his position as a monarchical abolitionist, stating: “I don’t think the so-called royal family speak for England now and I don’t think England needs them. I do seriously believe that they are benefit scroungers and nothing else. I don’t believe they serve any purpose whatsoever”.

He has also criticised journalists for not giving, in his opinion, a true assessment of Royalist support in the United Kingdom.


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