British rocker Ozzy Osbourne has leapt to the defence of his "mate" Prince CHARLES, following criticism of the future king's decision to wed CAMILLA PARKER BOWLES.

The British royal's five-day tour of Australia has been overshadowed by scrutiny of his wedding to Parker Bowles, which has fazed some observers because the couple's romance began before DIANA, Princess Of Wales died.

Osbourne, who is in Sydney to host the first MTV AUSTRALIA VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS, says of Prince Charles, "It's his business you know. His first wife got killed so what's he expected to do, be single for the rest of his life? If he likes her and she likes him or whatever, good luck on them."

The couple will wed on 8 April (05).

02/03/2005 21:12