U.S. rock singer Pink has called Prince William of Wales, second in line to the throne of the U.K. and the Commonwealth Realms, a "Redneck" after he responded to the letter she had written to him protesting about fox hunting.
According to Bangshowbiz Pink, real name Alecia Beth Moore and a member of the animal rights group PETA ((People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), told the U.K. music magazine Q that she was shocked by the manner in which Prince William, eldest son of the late Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince Charles, and grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, responded to her letter regarding fox hunting, saying:I wrote to him to protest about fox hunting and I figured he would be this stuffy, privileged a**hole. But he's like a redneck from the south. If you're brought up shooting and hunting animals, if you really think it's second nature and you're blasting away then it's hard to see the other point of view. You need educating
When touring the U.K. in 2006 the 30-year-old singer, whose international hits include "Get the Party Started" and "So What", also wrote to Prince William's grandmother, the Queen, in connection with an animal rights issue.
As Contactmusic reported at the time Pink penned a letter to the Queen asking for an end to the use of bear skin for the Busbies that are worn by the guards at Buckingham Palace.
Pink explained in 2006:I have written to the Queen and told her that I want to her to stop the use of real fur on the hats worn by the Brigade of Guards at the Palace. One or two Canadian bears are killed for each hat and that's totally unnecessary when they could be wearing faux instead. I think the Queen will listen to me because there is no reason for the guards to continue to wear these when animals are being killed just so they look good. It's a work in progress
Speaking about her letter to the Queen, Pink has expressed surprise that she did not receive a reply, confirming that she had not been seeking publicity and had suggested that guards wear hats made from fake fur, designed by Stella McCartney, daughter of former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney.
However a spokesman for the Brigade of Guards did apparently respond to Pink's letter, stating that the use of fake fur was a possibility, before adding that the alternatives put forward by PETA had not matched the "wear, durability and practicality of real fur".
It is not clear from the Bangshowbiz report how recently it was that Pink wrote to Prince William and when she received a reply.
But in October 2008 Contactmusic quoted the singer as saying that the Prince was "a bit rude" for not responding to a letter she had sent to him in 2003, declining the invitation to perform at a concert celebrating his 21st birthday and asking him to tell her why it is he hunts.
The contents of the reply from the Prince, to which Pink is now referring, have not been revealed.