Snoop Dogg is hip hop royalty who has friends in high places, including Buckingham Palace, and the Queen even once bailed him out so he could perform in Britain.
The early years of Snoop’s career were marred by controversy following the shooting of a man in Los Angeles in 1993. The rapper and his bodyguard were charged with first-degree murder, but the case was eventually dropped three years later.
Snoop was touring the UK in 1994, and newspapers were furious at the idea of somebody who was on trial for murder coming to these shores to play shows. One particular headline which read “kick this evil bastard out” has stuck with Snoop Dogg. He later opened up to DJ Whoo Kid about the ordeal and revealed the pain it caused him.
“It’s a headline…That shit is documented,” Snoop commented. “They had a picture of me on the front…there was like, ‘Kick this evil bastard out.’ This was while I was fighting a murder case, over there [in the UK] doing shows. But guess who came to my defence? Just take a guess.
“The Queen. The Queen said, ‘This man has done nothing in our country. He can come.’ The Queen…bow down…When the Queen speak, bow down. That’s Harry and William’s grandmother, you dig?”
He added: “You think they weren’t there, saying, ‘Grandma, please let him in, grandma. He’s OK. We love his music.’ ‘You know Harry, I’ll let him in for you. He’s not so bad after all and he’s quite cute.’…The Queen, that’s my gal.”
Nobody has more authority over British affairs than the Queen, and Snoop was allowed to continue touring across the United Kingdom. Although Her Majesty has never commented on the rapper’s claims, it’s not the first time that he’s made this admission.
Back in 2015, he told The Guardian: “When they tried to kick me out of England, the Queen made a comment that her grandbabies loved Snoop Doggy Dogg, and he had done no wrong in the UK, so she gave me permission to be here.”
Snoop has also claimed he’s been “cool” with Prince Harry and Prince William since discovering they were fans of his work. Additionally, he praised Harry for not inviting President Trump to his wedding and making the move to America.