"The British royals are not royal to me."

Morrissey has turned his barbed wit on Paul McCartney after the former Beatle accepted a knighthood.

Morrissey isn't one to hold back. The singer's wit is legendary, with the indie icon capable of wrapping his tongue around the most obtuse of subjects.

Recently chatting to ZulaMusik (via Music Rooms) the indie icon was asked about Paul McCartney's acceptance of a knighthood. Launching into a typically erudite rant, Morrissey took issue with the former Beatle's declaration that being honoured by the Queen was "fabulous".

“I think it's silly because she isn't fabulous, and it was Paul McCartney who once sang 'Give Ireland Back To The Irish', directed at the Queen. She didn't give the six counties back to Ireland and she never will because she wants the ports" he argued. "That isn't fabulous to me".

"Obviously, when anyone is made 'Sir' or given a royal gong, it quietens them down and they trot into line. I am proud of David Bowie for refusing a knighthood. Albert Finney also refused. The British royals are not royal to me. They are cunning parasites, and it's quite breathtaking that the Queen has gotten away with it for so long."

Continuing to tour and work on new material, Morrissey recently announced a lengthy series of North American dates. Struggling to find a label who will house his proposed album, the singer recently batted away reports of his retirement.

A statement from True To You recently read simply: "Morrissey would like to stress that reports of his 'retirement', as excitably earmarked by several newspapers and websites are "wishful thinking" on behalf of the writers."

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