A GIDDY Mel B beamed as she was made an MBE by Prince William today.
The former Spice Girl was joined by her proud mum Andrea to receive the royal honour at Buckingham Palace in the first major investiture at the Queen’s London residence since the start of the pandemic.
Mel B curtsying to Prince William before receiving her MBECredit: PA
The singer and TV personality grinned throughout the ceremonyCredit: PA
She was joined by her proud mum Andrea BrownCredit: PA
British pop star and TV personality Mel, real name Melanie Brown, rose to prominence as Scary Spice during the 1990s.
She featured on chart-topping hits Wannabee and Spice Up Your Life and later became a patron of the charity Women’s Aid.
She was made an MBE in the 2022 New Year Honours list for services to charitable causes and vulnerable women.
But Mel said the honour was not for her but for the women killed by their partners instead.
In an interview with The Sun last year, she said: “I went through a horrendous abusive marriage which nearly killed me.
“I got out of it and ever since I’ve tried to help other women — and men — who have been through or are going through abuse in whatever shape or form.
“And there was this letter saying the Prime Minister had spoken to the Queen about giving me an MBE.
“I thought about all the women I’ve met over the past few years who have been through terrible situations, women who have died, women who are still suffering. This, for me, was all about them. It still is.”
Mel, dressed in red, curtsied to the Duke of Cambridge as she received her gong.
Watford Football Club manager Roy Hodgson, 74, who was England boss during a four-year stint from 2012 to 2016, also received his honour.
Hodgson was made a CBE in the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to football.
Others collecting awards include radio presenter Simon Mayo and actress Ruth Wilson.
Paralympians Chris Ryan and Thomas Young will also be honoured at the ceremony.
The former Spice Girl was made an MBE at Buckingham PalaceCredit: PA