John Lydon has slammed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle 's decision to move to Los Angeles and step down from royal duties, stating he doesn't "get it at all".
The Sex Pistols frontman, 64, wasn't shy to air his opinions on the Duke and Duchess' "motives" after they moved to California with son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor earlier this year.
John, also known by his stage name Johnny Rotten, has laid into Meghan, 39, and Harry, 36, as he shared his opinions on their decisions to encourage Americans to vote and the Duchess making an appearance on America's Got Talent.
The singer also lives in California with his family, and wrote in his new book: “I don’t get it at all.
“If they don’t want to be part of that [royal] institution, then why don’t they completely give up their titles and get a council flat and a job?
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“Making guest appearances on trashy TV shows and expounding their virtuous opinions — there’s nothing virtuous in it at all.
“They’ve decided not to do something, so why don’t they move on and leave it alone?”
John went on to say: “It’s a shame about Harry. He didn’t have to go that way.
“He had the promise of being quite a hardy fella, but I’ve seen a few interviews and he seems really depressed.
“Not at all happy in whatever it is he’s got himself into.”
In an extract from his new book I Could Be Wrong, I Could Be Right, obtained by the Mail Online, the musician went on to say he doesn’t believe Meghan is the “right person for anyone”.
The royal pair announced they were stepping back from their royal duties back in January.
They said in a statement: “After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution.
“We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen.
“It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment.”
“We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to the Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages.”
They added the geographical balance would give their son “an appreciation for the royal tradition” as well as space to focus on their “next chapter”.
The pair have since began working on their new Archwell Foundation, alongside other organisers and activists, to address the negative side of social media.
Meghan discussed how she deals with criticism in a candid interview with Fortune editor Ellen McGirt.
The former Suits actress said she doesn’t pay attention to anything written about her as she referenced a quote from artist Georgia O'Keeffe.
She said: “I have already settled it for myself so flattery and criticism go down the same drain and I am quite free."
Meghan went on to say she feels “liberated” from opinions about her
“And the moment you are able to be liberated from all these other opinions of what you know to be true, then I think it’s just very easy to just live with peace and live with authenticity,” she added.
“And that is how I choose to move through the world.”
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