A singer for the Prince of Wales died after a bird song he had performed was mistaken for a real attack, the Metropolitan Police said.

The 32-year-old singer was attacked by a black and white band in south London’s Docklands in August and was left with severe injuries.

The band was accused of playing a live song with lyrics about the murder of Prince Charles in the 1960s.

The Metropolitan Police has now issued a statement saying that after extensive inquiries it is understood that a “significant number of the birds” singing on the night in question were not the ones who had originally attacked the Prince.

Police said they have spoken to the victims and their families and the singer’s family and friends have been notified.

The Met said it was treating the incident as suspicious.

The song had been performed at the Royal Shakespeare Company, but the Metropolitan police said it did not believe the singer had been the victim.