Queen should speak our English, says Sex Pistol's Johnny Rotten

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John Lydon on 'Good Morning Britain' TV show, London, UK - 07 Sep 2021 (Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock)
John Lydon is fed up of being expected to use the Queen's English. (ITV/Shutterstock)

John Lydon has said he is fed up of being expected to use the Queen's English, adding that it is time for the monarch to talk like everyone else.

The 65-year-old punk rocker – famous for hits such as Anarchy In The UK with the Sex Pistols – was discussing his battle to find a publisher for his new book I Could Be Wrong, I Could Be Right.

Lydon told Good Morning Britain: "Publishers...they are always trying to reiterate your sentences into what they call the Queen's English.

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"Well, there is less of the Queen than there is of us. So I think she should speak our English!"

The new book features drawings, thoughts and anecdotes from Lydon, including an insight into his 40-year marriage to wife Nora Forster, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 23:  John Lydon and Nora Forster share a joke at their table at the NME Awards 2011 at Brixton Academy on February 23, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Jon Furniss/WireImage)
John Lydon is a fulltime carer for his wife Nora Forster who has Alzheimer's Disease. (Getty Images)

Lydon said of her condition: "It came on really strong and really quick.

"And you're asked questions, of course, by the doctors, 'When did the symptoms first start?'

"Well, I really don't know – as I told the last doctor, she's always been able to lose her keys. Are these indicators? It’s a symptom of bigger holes in your brain to come.

“They lose the connections and they can’t verbalise what it is they feel sometimes, sometimes they can.

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“Sometimes her memory is lethal. She can go back 20 years and remember in the greatest detail with complete accuracy. Now that’s fascinating.

“For me it’s a journey I have to travel and I’m not going to abandon her.”

And the singer claimed the secret to a long and successful marriage was arguing.

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Lydon said: "It's about letting off steam. Don't hold anything back, just say it how it is how you feel it. And you suddenly realise, 'Oops I'm wrong!' Because the woman is always right.

"Don't be shy about these things, because this is what a relationship is."

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