The last person I ever expected to congratulate Prince William and Kate Middleton on their royal engagement was John Lydon. The outspoken punk legend has famously channeled his disgust for the British Monarchy in the press for decades and the message behind The Sex Pistols song "God Save the Queen" still says it all.
But over the years, Lydon has come off quite charming and not so much the nasty twenty-something we first met in the late '70s. His unapologetic approach is one of the many reasons why Lydon rules, and his sincere congratulations to the lovely couple via The Sun only adds to that. He's still a snarky one, but the guy has a heart.
"When I heard William had popped the question to Kate, I had a nice cup of tea for them. Later on, I might even put some bucks fizz in my veins in their honor," Lydon wrote. "This is a beautiful love story and I like that. He's done very well for himself – she's bang on the money! He got the No.1 contender."
Lydon goes on to rebuke the notion that he still loathes the Royal Family. He maintains he doesn't. Fighting against the establishment is what it's always been about.
"People think I hate the Royal Family, but that's not true. My animosity is towards the institution, not the people themselves," he explained. "What I've always resented with the Royals was the austere nonsense that was being propagated. But Willy and Katy look like they are genuinely in love and that's all I look for. That's what being a human being is all about. That is what is important in life."
Nicely put, Mr. Lydon. Still a charming man, you are!