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As celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee continue following a service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s cathedral today, a certain song’s charts success may be a fly in the ointment for the Royals.
Yep, The Kunts – responsible for such classics as ‘Boris Johnson is a F**king C**t’ and ‘Boris Johnson is STILL a F**king C**t’ – have scored another unlikely hit with ‘Prince Andrew is a Sweaty N*nce’.
The song has landed at Number 20 in the official UK charts, but we don’t imagine it’s getting all that much airplay on the radio.
The title, of course, makes reference to the Duke of York’s car crash 2019 Newsnight interview, in which he defended himself against Virginia Giuffre’s allegations of sexual assault.
Probed by Emily Maitlis over one of the his alleged encounters with Giuffre, in which Giuffre claimed he sweated heavily, Prince Andrew responded: “There’s a slight problem with the sweating because I have a peculiar medical condition which is that I don’t sweat or I didn’t sweat at the time and that was…was it…yes, I didn’t sweat at the time because I had suffered what I would describe as an overdose of adrenaline in the Falkland’s War when I was shot at and I simply…it was almost impossible for me to sweat.”
You’ll be pleased to hear sweating is now apparently no longer an issue for the duke.
Earlier this year, he settled out of court with Giuffre to the tune of £12 million.
The Kunts' song opens with the lyrics: “The Grand old Duke of York / he said he didn't sweat / so why'd he pay 12 million quid / to a girl he'd never met.”
The band also make reference to Prince Andrew’s comment in the same Newsnight interview in which he claimed he was dining at a Pizza Express in Woking on a night Giuffre said he assaulted her.
The lyrics read: “Pizza Express in Woking? / Mate you gotta be joking.”
Speaking about the song in an interview with NME, the band’s frontman, Kunt, said: “The timing this year felt perfect, given Prince Andrew’s bizarre, shameful, and cowardly behaviour as he attempted to dodge any sort of accountability for the alleged sexual assault on Virginia Giuffre, followed by the attempt to sweep it all under the carpet with an out of court settlement.”
The musician also took aim not just at Prince Andrew, but the entire Royal family.
He said: “I can’t help thinking that in a day and age where there are families reliant on foodbanks to feed their children and old ladies riding around on buses because they can’t afford to heat their homes, the idea that there is this family who live in castles and palaces, and whose crowns gilded with gold and jewels get ferried around in specially-built Rolls Royces does feel a bit like something that we as a society should have risen up and put a stop to by now.”
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