A controversial song mocking Prince Andrew has awkwardly landed in the top 20 of the UK Singles Chart as the Queen celebrates her platinum jubilee.
Essex punk band The K**ts have released their version of the children’s nursery rhyme The Grand Old Duke of York, in which they poke fun at the prince’s financial settlement with Virginia Giuffre, who has brought a civil action against him for sexual assault in the United States.
The Duke of York has strongly denied any wrongdoing but stepped down from his royal duties when the case came to an end in March this year.
The controversially titled song, “Prince Andrew Is A Sweaty N***e,” was second only to Lady Gaga’s “Hold My Hand,” which featured on Top Gun: The Maverick earlier this week.
Talk to NMEthe frontman said: “For me, having grown up with the folklore around the Sex Pistols’ ‘God Save The Queen’ being robbed of the top spot in 1977, a Jubilee celebration has always felt like a good opportunity to express any grievances one may have with our unelected head of state and his irresponsible offspring.”
Meanwhile, Liam Gallagher secured his fourth UK number one solo album with his latest release C’Mon You Know.
Gallagher, 49, previously reached No. 1 as a solo artist with As You Were in 2017’s Why Me? Why Not in 2019 and MTV Unplugged in 2020.
The former Oasis star’s recent success on the Official Charts Company album charts puts him level with his brother Noel as all seven of Oasis’ studio albums reached number one, while Noel has three more. chart-topping studio albums under Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, as well as a number one greatest hits album.
The Gallagher brothers have been embroiled in a feud since the band split up in 2009, sparked by a fight backstage at the Rock en Seine festival in Paris.
Fans had long hoped for a reunion, but in 2020 Liam said Noel had turned down £100m to reform the band for a tour.
Liam is set to perform two sold-out shows at Knebworth Park over the bank holiday weekend, nearly 26 years after Oasis played there.
The Manchester-born singer also boasts a second new concurrent entry into the official albums top five, with his live album Down By The River Thames sitting at number four.
Speaking to OfficialCharts.com, Gallagher said: “What do we have here? Another number one sibling record. Thank you to everyone who purchased C’mon You Know and Down By The River.
“I’m buzzing, you’re very nice. Thank you all and I will see you again.”