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Morrissey Pays Tribute to Prince, 'The Royal That People Love'

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Prince headlines the main stage on the last day of Hop Farm Festival on July 3, 2011 in Paddock Wood, United Kingdom. 

Morrissey is no fan of the British Monarchy, but there’s a member of “royalty” he always had a soft spot for: Prince

The former Smiths frontman has paid tribute to the late music superstar -- who like himself was a vegan and animals rights activist -- while delivering a verbal kicking to Queen Elizabeth and her family. 

“Prince has influenced the world more than is suspected, and somehow the life of his music is just beginning, and he would be thanked not only by humans but also animals for living his lyrical life as he did. Humans, you see, are not the world,” wrote Morrissey on the True to You blog, the veteran artist's virtual mouthpiece.

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And then things get dark (and just a little bizarre). Prince died as the Queen celebrated a milestone birthday, a coincidence Moz can't help but draw attention to. "Meanwhile, on the same day that Prince melts away in physical form, London and England remain two very different countries, and in London the news media (under tyrannized instructions from Buckingham Palace) are informing the world that Her Royal Slyness is celebrating her 90th birthday," he writes, "and we are assured that all of the United Kingdom is celebrating a monarch who has "served" (that is, served herself, not the people) for over 60 years. There is no evidence of celebrations, and in fact there are hushed reports of national indifference."

Prince, explains Moz, "made something of his life as opposed to having fortune handed to him," and is "far more 'royal' than Elizabeth 2, and he will be mourned far more than she, for she could never make herself loveable, no matter how many paid and promoted non-stories flood the newspapers of the world.”

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Prince died April 21 at age 57, and remains “the royal that people love,” concludes Morrissey, ”whereas Elizabeth 2 was thrust on the people who have never been asked whether or not they want her.”

The British singer’s respect for Prince is neatly summed up in the meme which accompanies his post: a photo of Prince with the caption, “We need an Animal Rights Day when all slaughterhouses shut down.” 

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