James Blunt has boldly alleged that he and Ed Sheeran fabricated claims that Princess Beatrice sliced the Thinking Out Loud singer’s face.
The 43-year-old You’re Beautiful hitmaker spoke to Shortlist magazine about the story, which stunned the nation in November, as he claimed he colluded with Ed to fabricate the tale after the latter innocently cut himself in a drunken stupor.
Stories suggested that Ed was hospitalised when Beatrice sliced his face with a sword when attempting to ‘knight’ James as a prank at a party – yet James insists it was a figment of their imaginations.
In November, reports surfaced stating that Ed was rushed to hospital after Princess Beatrice sliced his face and caused a cut to his right cheek when the princess, 28, swung the blade without noticing he was standing behind her.
Guests at the bash at the Royal Lodge in Windsor, Berkshire – Prince Andrew’s home – were stunned when Beatrice accidentally struck Sheeran with the sword, reports The Sun on Sunday.
During the do, James reportedly quipped that he wanted to be knighted and she decided to pick up the blade, yet she was unaware that Ed – who was at the function with his girlfriend Cherry Seaborn – was standing directly behind her.
He was then taken to Epsom Hospital in Surrey to receive treatment for the injury just underneath his right eye before returning to the party.
A source revealed: ‘As the night wore on they started talking about honours and apparently James Blunt joked that he would love a knighthood.’
James claims Ed’s ruse was a bid to trick fans so he could sell record – claims which may seem laughable this week after Ed broke records with his new album ÷ after selling 232,000 physical and digital copies in its first day of release.
As the story continues to stun fans, James is readily prepared to burst bubbles as he said in the newly-released interview: ‘Ed was drunk, messing around, and he cut himself. We made a fancy story up; people fell for it. It was very embarrassing.
‘All of (the story was invented). Apart from the actual scar. It’s bizarre that people fell for it. I blame Ed.
‘He must be desperate – he’s trying to sell records. He cut himself and I just patched him up. It’s made him look prettier.’
His latest discussion was not the first time he has touched on the tale, as he revealed on The Graham Norton Show: ‘If he (Ed Sheeran) said his face got cut while she was ‘knighting’ me then dashed to A&E before returning to the party, then he is a liar.
‘For a start, she is a princess and would be rehearsed and practiced in these matters, and given the NHS waiting lists it would have been impossible to get to hospital and back so quickly.’