‘He boasted about being a tax exile!’ Jeremy Clarkson fumes over Mick Jagger’s knighthood

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Ex Top Gear star Jeremy Clarkson, 61, has raged over The Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, 78, receiving a knighthood, claiming that the singer had “actively boasted about being a tax exile”. The rock and roll legend was awarded a knighthood for services to music in 2003 by Prince Charles, 32 years after the band moved to the south of France and recorded their hit Exile on Main St.

And even to this day I can sometimes be found asking why the b***** hell Mick Jagger got a knighthood

Jeremy Clarkson

Addressing the death of the band’s drummer Charlie Watts, the Clarkson’s Farm star reflected on his taste in music.

Speaking about growing up, Jeremy told how he worshipped The Who, which meant that he automatically “had to actively hate all of the other bands”.

But the star revealed that it was the Wild Horses hitmakers that he hated the most.

He said: “It was the Rolling Stones that I loathed most of all.

“My mate Andy would try to argue that they were the heart and soul of rock music, to which I would retort that they weren’t even the gall bladder.

“And even to this day I can sometimes be found asking why the b***** hell Mick Jagger got a knighthood when he actively boasted about being a tax exile,” he added.

However, the car expert said that his views have “mellowed” throughout the years and went on to concede that “the Stones did produce the odd listenable moment”.

In 1971 the rock band moved to the south of France and they recorded the hit Exile on Main St. in Keith Richards’ rented house, Villa Nellcote in Villefranche-sur-mer.

Addressing the reasons for leaving the country, Mick said in 2010: “We had to leave England to acquire enough money to pay the taxes because in those days, in England, the high tax rate was 90 per cent, so that’s very hard.

“You made 100 pounds, they took 90. So it was very difficult to pay any debts back.”

He added: “So when we left the country, we would get more than the 10 pounds out of 100.

“You know, we might get 50 or something,” he told CNN’s Larry King.

Even now Mick Jagger and Keith Richards only spend a few months a year in the UK.

While the former travels between London, France and the West Indies, Keith calls Connecticut home.

He was knighted by Prince Charles after the Queen was undergoing surgery on the day of the ceremony.

Following the knighthood, the rockstar gained the title Sir.

After the ceremony, Mick said: “I’m fine, very relaxed. I don’t get nervous, it’s more exhilaration. I know the prince reasonably well. I’ve met him quite a few times and we’ve had some nice chats.”

The Clarkson’s Farm star went on to brand late drummer Charlie “a very selfless soul” after he told how the star was “never terribly happy with the cards he’d been dealt” but still continued to play drums in the rock and roll band.

The owner of Diddly Squat Farm admitted that the thought made him “sad”.

He ended his column for The Sunday Times: “For 60-odd years, Charlie earned a living by staring at Mick Jagger’s backside.”

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