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Meat Loaf claimed he once fought Prince Andrew during filming for It’s a Royal Knockout in 1987

The late American singer Meat Loaf claimed he once grabbed Prince Andrew and screamed ‘I don’t give a s*** who you are’ after the two were reportedly involved in a brawl over Sarah Ferguson.

The Bat Out Of Hell star said the Duke of York tried pushing him into a moat while they were filming for the one-off charity event It’s a Royal Knockout in Staffordshire in 1987.

He told the Guardian he grabbed the royal, who allegedly warned the singer about flirting with his then-wife Sarah Ferguson and told him: ‘You can’t touch me. I’m royal’. 

Meat Loaf is reported to have bluntly informed a ‘jealous’ Prince Andrew: ‘I don’t give a s*** who you are’, before pushing him back.

It’s among the more memorable tales of the American’s colourful life, alongside previous claims that he once gave serial killer Charles Manson a lift and that his car was used by the American secret service during JFK’s assassination in 1963.    

The singer, whose real name was Marvin Lee Aday, died at the age of 74 after selling more than 100million albums worldwide and starring in 65 movies, his family announced today.

Among those paying tribute to Meat Loaf today were singer Cher, who said she had ‘so much fun’ when she worked with him, and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber who said the ‘vaults of heaven will be ringing with rock’. 

The late American singer Meat Loaf claimed he once grabbed Prince Andrew and screamed ‘I don’t give a s*** who you are’ while filming for the one-off charity event It’s a Royal Knockout in Staffordshire in 1987 (pictured above)

The Duke of York is pictured taking part in the one-off charity special It's a Royal Knockout in 1987

The Duke of York is pictured taking part in the one-off charity special It’s a Royal Knockout in 1987

Meat Loaf would later claim that shove sparked the ire of The Queen, who ‘hated him’ after his confrontation with her son Prince Andrew in 1987.

Meat insisted he ‘had a great time’ filming with members of The Firm for It’s a Royal Knockout in a 2003 interview with the Guardian.

He added: ‘Fergie wasn’t exactly flirting with me, but she was paying attention to me, and I think Andrew got a little – I could be wrong, I’m just reading into this – I think he got a little jealous.

‘Anyway, he tried to push me in the water. He tried to push me in the moat.

‘So I turned around and I grabbed him and he goes, “You can’t touch me. I’m royal”.

‘I said: “Well you tried to push me in the moat, Jack, I don’t give a s*** who you are, you’re going in the moat”.’ 

The tale remerged today as news of the power ballard icon’s passing sparked thousands of tributes across the globe.

Meat Loaf had an extraordinary career over six decades with the Bat Out Of Hell trilogy among his most popular musical offerings.

His hits included the near ten-minute title track from Bat Out Of Hell, Paradise By The Dashboard Light from the same album, and I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That) from 1993 album Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell. 

The single I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That) reached number one in 28 countries and earned him a Grammy award. The rocker also played the role of Eddie in the 1975 musical film The Rocky Horror Picture Show. 

In 2016 he was honoured with the Hero Award at the annual Q Awards music ceremony, which he dedicated to everyday heroes and called on people to ‘bring love back into this world’. 

His career spanned more than just music, with the musician also featured in a string of films including 1999’s Fight Club and 1992’s Wayne’s World. 

Meat Loaf performs in Las Vegas in October 2013. The American singer has died at the age of 74, his family said today

Meat Loaf performs in Las Vegas in October 2013. The American singer has died at the age of 74, his family said today

American singer Meat Loaf sold more than 100million albums worldwide and starred in 65 movies. He is pictured in 1993

American singer Meat Loaf sold more than 100million albums worldwide and starred in 65 movies. He is pictured in 1993

Meat Loaf and his wife Deborah at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in February 2008. She was by her husband's side when he died

Meat Loaf and his wife Deborah at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in February 2008. She was by her husband’s side when he died

Meat Loaf had spoken openly about health issues that had plagued him, notably asthma, which caused him to collapse on stage during a concert in Pittsburgh in 2011, and in 2003 he collapsed at Wembley Arena in London and was admitted to hospital. 

He later held a press conference in Kensington to reassure fans about his health. Then, following an on-stage collapse in Canada in 2016, a statement said it was due to ‘severe dehydration’.

Born in Dallas in 1947, Meat Loaf found early success on the stage in the 1970s, performing in the Broadway musicals Hair and The Rocky Horror Show – before he switched focus to rock music around 1972.

Meat Loaf started collaborating with Mr Steinman – who died last April – on a debut album that year which showcased his powerful voice and established his leather-clad, motorcycle-riding rock persona. 

The singer will be best remembered for famously singing in Bat Out Of Hell: ‘Like a bat out of hell I’ll be gone when the morning comes; When the night is over, like a bat out of hell, I’ll be gone, gone, gone.’

He is survived by his wife Deborah Gillespie – who is from Canada and married him in 2007 – and by daughters Pearl Aday, a singer who went on tour with him; and Amanda Aday, an actress from the HBO series Carnivale. 

He had both children with his first wife Leslie Edmonds, whom he met when she was working as a secretary at Bearsville Studios – and they were married from 1978 to 2001. Pearl is married to Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian.

Prince Charles meets singers including Meat Loaf and Beyonce following 'Party in the Park' at Hyde Park in London in 2003

Prince Charles meets singers including Meat Loaf and Beyonce following ‘Party in the Park’ at Hyde Park in London in 2003

Meat Loaf and Cher pose with Des Lynam (centre) after they joined him on The Des Lynam Show on BBC Radio 2 in 1998

Meat Loaf and Cher pose with Des Lynam (centre) after they joined him on The Des Lynam Show on BBC Radio 2 in 1998

Meat Loaf (right) with long-time collaborator Jim Steinman (left) in March 1978. Mr Steinman died in April last year

Meat Loaf (right) with long-time collaborator Jim Steinman (left) in March 1978. Mr Steinman died in April last year

The alleged origins of his stage name range from his weight to a favourite recipe of his mother’s – and he renamed himself Michael Lee Aday in 1984 after a Levi’s TV advert referred to how ‘Poor fat Marvin can’t wear Levi’s.’ 

The singer also went by the name ‘Meat Loaf’ off stage – and this was even printed on his passport, but he decided to switch it back to Michael after running into trouble in Germany where he was kept in immigration for six hours. 

A statement by Meat Loaf’s family posted on the star’s Facebook page this morning said: ‘Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight with his wife Deborah by his side. 

‘Daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends have been with him throughout the last 24 hours.

‘His amazing career spanned six decades that saw him sell over 100million albums worldwide and star in over 65 movies, including Fight Club, Focus, Rocky Horror Picture Show and Wayne’s World. Bat Out of Hell remains one of the top ten selling albums of all time.’

The post added: ‘We know how much he meant to so many of you and we truly appreciate all of the love and support as we move through this time of grief in losing such an inspiring artist and beautiful man. 

‘We thank you for your understanding of our need for privacy at this time. From his heart to your souls… don’t ever stop rocking!’


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