Ed Sheeran managed to breach royal protocol while picking up his MBE at Buckingham Palace.
The pop star made an embarrassing gaffe by touching Prince Charles on the arm instead of simply shaking his hand, breaking royal rules.
Despite being on his best behaviour, the Shape of You singer reached out and grabbed the future King’s arm during the Investiture ceremony on Thursday.
But the 26-year-old seemed unfazed by his error, insisting that he had had a good conversation with the Prince of Wales.
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“He was asking me if I was still selling lots of records and I told him I’ve got a concert in New York tomorrow, and he was quite surprised I was flying after this,” he said.
“My grandfather was a massive royalist. He had all the commemorative plates and stiff, and he died on this day four years ago, so it’s actually quite a nice full circle thing. I guess he’d be pretty proud.”
Sheeran also claimed that his global success was all due to “persistence” rather than talent.
“I think it’s persistence. I don’t have a vast amount of talent compared to other people,” he said.
“I think talent is like 30% of it and persistence, drive and self-belief are the other ones, which I guess are all the same thing.”
The singer-songwriter also revealed that he would be keen to sing at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s forthcoming wedding.