As he collected the honor at Buckingham Palace, the “Shape of You” singer-songwriter said previous generations of Sheerans would be proud. “My grandfather was a massive royalist,” he said. “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.”
Ultimately, Ed credits “persistence” with his sustained success. “I don’t have a vast amount of talent compared to other people, 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.”
Sheeran also told reporters that while he hasn’t been invited, he would love to perform at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding.
However, Sheeran violated the rules governing commoners and royalty while accepting his honor by laying his hand on the Prince of Wales’ forearm while the heir to the throne shook his hand. Touching the special family is highly regulated, with the only contact expected to be initiated by the royal and never vice versa.