Former Smiths frontman Morrissey has accused the Royal Family of "staggering arrogance" over the death of the nurse duped by a prank call to the hospital treating the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge.
The singer told a New Zealand television show he regarded the royals as "a dictatorship".
He said: "There is no blame placed at Kate Middleton who was in that hospital, as far as I can see, for absolutely no reason.
"She feels no shame about the death of this woman, she is saying nothing about the death of this poor woman. The arrogance of the British royals is staggering, absolutely staggering."
He said: "Does she have a health condition?
"Is it anorexia or is it a pregnancy? We don't know, but what is the health condition? I mean, morning sickness already? So much hoo-ha and then suddenly as bright as a button - as soon as this poor woman dies she's out of hospital."
Morrissey has consistently courted controversy throughout his career, criticising fellow singers and including a track called Margaret On The Guillotine - in which he mused about the execution of Baroness Thatcher - on his solo debut album in 1988.