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The former Sex Pistols star is no stranger to courting controversy when it comes to the Royal Family. In the hit God Save The Queen, he branded the monarchy “a fascist regime” and said Her Majesty “ain’t a human being”. But in recent years, Lydon has admitted he had “no problems” with the 95-year-old head of state and even “felt sorry” for her.
This week, Lydon weighed in on the debate about Meghan and Harry as he called for the couple to get a job at McDonald’s.
He claimed to have “a sense of empathy” towards the Sussexes and the rest of the Royal Family because they were “trapped”.
The former punk singer believed they were stuck “in gilded cages not of their own design” and felt that was unfair.
Lydon argued: “That’s not a way to be treating a human being at all.”
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His remarks came after the furore over Meghan and Harry’s alleged treatment while serving the Royal Family.
During their March interview with Oprah Winfrey, which was watched by 49.1 million people worldwide, they appeared to lift the lid on royal life.
Among the most shocking claims was one that Prince Charles and Prince William are “trapped” and there were “conversations” about baby Archie’s skin colour.
In response, the Queen noted “recollections may vary” but their allegations would be “taken very seriously”.
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Following the fallout from Megxit – Harry and Meghan’s decision to leave senior roles – the couple have attracted praise and scrutiny.
According to The Sunday Times’ Nick Rufford, Lydon felt the Sussexes carried out their departure “the wrong way”.
The Anarchy In The UK singer said he didn’t “blame” them for pursuing lives outside of the royal fold and even pitied them.
Lydon urged the Sussexes to “mind their own business” and disregard “spiteful” comments about them.
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John Lydon admitted he ‘felt sorry’ for the Queen and the monarchy as they were ‘trapped’
He believed they “seriously” were “prisoners” in the Royal Family – like all members of the Firm.
However, Lydon’s “advice” to the couple was simple: “If you want out of the public awareness then don’t go on the Oprah show.”
The singer felt it could “only end badly” for them if they continued to remain in the media and public spotlight.
He said: “You don’t put your head in the guillotine or the chopping block, dears.”
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Lydon quipped that “someone” would “quite happily press that button” if they put themselves in a vulnerable position.
Mr Rufford reported the singer thought “the best example they could set” would be to try to live a normal and ordinary life.
He claimed getting “proper jobs” would absolve them of public scrutiny as they were not using their celebrity and royal status.
In a swipe, Lydon argued there were “many a McDonald’s” in both the US and the UK.
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He continued: “[They] are more than willing to take on either one or both of them.”
Lydon sniped that taking a ‘normal job’ like that could allow them to “be truly independent” and “earn their own money”.
Many have questioned the Sussexes revenue streams since their stopping working as senior royals.
Harry told Oprah that Charles no longer gave the couple money and “financially” they “literally cut me off”.
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The Duke said he relied on the £13million left to him by Princess Diana.
The BBC reported that Meghan was paid £38,300 ($50,000) for each episode of the US law drama Suits.
They claimed she could have earned additional money from her lifestyle blog and a fashion line she created for a Canadian brand.
The Sussexes were not paid for their interview with Oprah but have bartered other deals to ensure their financial independence.
They include a Netflix series and Spotify podcast, Archewell Audio, which are collectively reported to be worth up to £133million ($185million).