Fight against domestic violence: Spice Girl Mel B receives a royal honor

Fight against domestic violence
Spice Girl Mel B receives royal honors

Spice Girl Mel B has been supporting women since 2018 as a patron of the charity Women’s Aid. Now the pop singer receives the Royal Order of Merit from Queen’s grandson Prince William. Your commitment also has a personal background.

British pop singer Mel B has received a royal honor for her work against domestic violence. Queen’s grandson Prince William presented Melanie Brown, as the member of the girl band Spice Girls is called, with the medal “Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire” (MBE) in Buckingham Palace. This is one of the lower ranks in the British Orders of Merit system.

Brown has been a patron of the Women’s Aid charity since 2018. It was great to receive the honor, said the singer known as “Scary Spice”. “But it’s not just for me, it’s for all these other women,” she said. “Especially because of the pandemic, there has been such an epidemic of domestic violence that has increased tremendously and I have behind me an army of women who need help and need to be heard.” She sees herself as the voice of these women, “because we’ve all been through the same thing.” Mel B was married for ten years to her abusive ex-husband Stephen Belafonte, who abused her both mentally and physically.

The national football coach also receives an award

It was the first royal investiture at Buckingham Palace since the pandemic began more than two years ago. Queen Elizabeth II’s London residence has been renovated for a total of £369 million (€437 million) for years. Work has been suspended due to the forthcoming celebrations of the Queen’s 70th jubilee.

The Queen herself resides almost continuously at Windsor Castle west of London. The honor for Mel B had already been announced at the turn of the year in the “New Year Honours”, in which hundreds of people are traditionally given medals and awards.

On Wednesday, former England national soccer coach Roy Hodgson also received an award for his services – the 74-year-old may henceforth call himself “Commander of the Order of the British Empire” (CBE). This is the third highest level in the order system.