Ed Sheeran has collected his MBE from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace this afternoon (December 7).
The singer-songwriter received the accolade in the 2017 Birthday Honours for services to music and charity.
Asked what he and Princes Charles chatted about, Sheeran told the BBC: “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.” Sheeran said.
He also said his late grandfather Bill was a “massive royalist”.
“He had all the commemorative plates and stuff, 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 told reporters.
Sheeran recently responded to being “snubbed” by the Grammys after picking up just two nominations – fewer than many critics had predicted given the success of his ‘÷’ album.
“My outlook on it is some years you have your year and some years you don’t have your year,” he said. “Maybe this year isn’t my year.”
He has also released a remix of ‘Perfect’ featuring Beyonce, which looks to be heading to Number One tomorrow (December 8).
His ‘÷’ world tour returns to the UK and Ireland next May and June for a run of huge stadium dates.