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Brit Taliban pal condemns ‘anti Queen merch aimed at trolls and the Irish’

A Brit danger tourist who developed a relationship with the Taliban while in Afghanistan has shared his concerns about people selling "dark" merchandise about the Queen's death.

‘Lord’ Miles Routledge, who has built a name for himself touring areas of conflict and violence, said he knows of people who are attempting to flog t-shirts mocking the monarch's passing aged 96.

Speaking to the Daily Star, he said that the Queen's death marks "the end of an era", but he worries about the "nasty side" of the national mourning.

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"I personally think it's the end of an era. I also think there will be a nasty side that will rear its head from all of this," he said.

He explained that he thought people trying to make a quick buck from the Queen's death would attempt to flog unsavoury merch to Twitter trolls and anti-monarchy types.

Sensationally, he even suggested the tasteless merch would appeal to the Irish.

He said: "I've had several people express that they want to start selling tshirts that say something funny or dark on it regarding the Queen to make quick money from the Irish or other groups, whilst also selling tshirts with the opposite message."

It would also appeal to "all the Twitter people wishing her a painful death and saying the worst things possible," Miles added.

Miles is no stranger to "distasteful" items himself, recently attracting criticsm for a rug her aquired on one of his three trips to Afghanistan.

He boasted on Twitter on Tuesday, August 9: "I am officially Afghanistan's largest exporter to England. 150+ flags, patches and rugs."

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Attached to his post were a series of photos of the goods, which he intends to sell, including one of a small yellow rug depicting two airplanes smashing into the World Trade Centre.

The attacks, on September 11, 2001, were carried out by al-Qaeda, the multinational terrorist network set up by Osama Bin Laden, which is known to have a close relationship with the Taliban.

The co-ordinated attacks across four locations in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania claimed 2,977 victims.

Of the dead, 2,753 were killed in the World Trade Center and the surrounding area.

When asked by the Daily Star what he would say to those who call the rug insensitive, Mr Routledge said: "I'd simply ask them to reach out so I can help them get the visa to Afghanistan so they can complain to the Taliban in person."

The rug appears to have a dove flying between a US and Afghan flag, but also has the words 'the errors mere made in America' [sic] stitched in.

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