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Former Smiths frontman labels the Duke Of Cambridge 'William The Terrible'

Morrissey has hit out at Prince William over his recent comments that appeared to support the hunting of “old, infirm animals”.

The Duke Of Cambridge recently told ITV News: “When (an animal) is infertile, he’s at the end of his life, if somebody out there wants to pay that money [for a hunting licence] – and it wouldn’t be me – but if somebody did, then as long as that money goes back into protection of the species then it is a justifiable means of conserving species that are under serious threat”.

The former Smiths frontman and well-known animal rights activist responded to the remarks by issuing a statement to fan site True To You titled “William The Terrible: idiot eternal”.

“[William] claims it is OK if the animal is infertile or past its best,” Morrissey writes. “Since all of these terms apply to ‘the Queen’, is William suggesting that she, too, should be shot?”

He added: “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.”

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In a separate statement, 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”.

“William, why endorse the killing of anything?” Morrissey continues. “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 recently made headlines following suggestions that he might run to be London Mayor.

There is also a Morrissey biopic in the works, titled Steven. The singer will be portrayed by War and Peace actor Jack Lowden.