Leeds Spice Girl Mel B says MBE is for ‘all other women’ facing domestic violence
The 46-year-old pop star was honored at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday morning after being named MBE for his services to charitable causes and vulnerable women.
Mel B, real name Melanie Brown, first rose to fame as Scary Spice in the Spice Girls, and became a patron of the charity Women’s Aid in 2018 after quitting what she described as an abusive relationship.
“I never thought I would be here to get this MBE for the work I did,” said Mel B.
“It’s amazing to have but it’s not just for me – it’s for all these other women.
“Especially because of Covid there has been such an epidemic of domestic violence, which has completely increased, and you know I have an army of women behind me who need help and who need to be heard .
“So I’m their voice because we’ve all been through the exact same story, so I don’t take it as my price because it’s our price because we survived.”
Asked about her conversation with William, she said: “He complimented me on all the work I’ve done and he said, ‘I’m so sorry you went through such a horrible time.’
“He said, ‘I can’t believe I’m giving you one – I’m thrilled’, and I said, ‘Aw thank you’ and we had a giggle.”
Asked about her career highlights, she said: “I’ve had a really amazing life so far and it’s turned into something horrible for 10 years and I’ve done something worthy. .”
She also hinted at other things to come from the Spice Girls, adding, “There’s so much but I don’t want to say anything until it actually happens and I don’t want to jinx it and I always let everything slip first, so I shut up this time, I relish this moment.
It was the first major investiture at the Queen’s residence in London since the start of the pandemic more than two years ago.
The palace underwent a 10-year, £369million renovation project to update essential services, but work was halted for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Investitures will continue to take place at Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace over the summer.
The change does not represent a permanent return to palace investitures as the construction project is not yet complete.