Action against domestic violence: Mel B honored by Prince William

Melanie “Mel B” Brown (46) was honored at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday. She received the MBE (The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) from Prince William (39) for her services to charity and women at risk. She was made a patron of the charity Women’s Aid in 2018 after ending what she said was an abusive relationship.

After curtseying in greeting, the Spice Girls member turned to the Queen’s grandson, 96, to accept the award. “He complimented me on all the work I’ve done and said, ‘I’m so sorry you’ve been through such a horrible time'” she told the Huffington Post“. The artist added, “He said, ‘I can’t believe I’m giving you something like this – I’m thrilled’ and I said, ‘Oh thank you,’ and we giggled.”

She dedicates the prize to women with the same experiences

She dedicated her order to all women who are struggling with domestic violence. “I never thought I would get this MBE for the work I’ve done,” she said. “It’s amazing, but it’s not just for me – it’s for all these other women.”

“Particularly because of Covid there is such an epidemic of domestic violence that is on the rise and you know I have behind me an army of women who need help and need to be heard,” she continued. “I am her voice because we all went through the exact same story, so I don’t see it as my price, but our price for surviving.”

Ex-bandmate’s dress

Mel B wore a bright red dress designed by former bandmate Victoria Beckham, 48, for the special occasion.

The royal family and the Spice Girls are no strangers to each other. There have been several meetings over the years. Among other things, Prince Charles (73) attended the premiere of the girl group’s film “Spice World” with his sons Prince William and Prince Harry (37) in 1997. In addition, Victoria (aka “Posh Spice”) and her husband David Beckham (47) attended the royal weddings of Prince William and then Kate Middleton (40) and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (40).

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