Sheeran needed stitches after being sliced by princess... but still came back to party
Singer Ed Sheeran needed stitches for a cut on his cheek after being sliced by Britain's Princess Beatrice with a ceremonial sword as she pretended to knight James Blunt.
But Sheeran laughed off the incident and even came back to the dinner party where it happened after leaving hospital.
The bizarre story, and Sheeran's injury, came to light after he posed for pictures with fans after the incident.
The singer had a two-inch vertical gash underneath his right eye.
Buckingham Palace yesterday refused to comment on the incident, which occurred earlier this month at a dinner party given by the Princess at her family's residence.
Sheeran (25) and fellow singer Blunt (42) were among the 20 guests at the party at Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park in Berkshire, England, three miles south of Windsor Castle.
When Blunt, a former British Army officer, joked that he would like to become Sir James Blunt, the Princess enthusiastically obliged by fetching a ceremonial sword to "dub" him.
As she said "Arise Sir James", she swung the blade over her shoulder, unaware that Sheeran was standing behind her.
Sheeran, who was at the party with his girfriend Cherry Seaborn, went to the local hospital where accident and emergency staff patched him up.
The 28-year-old Princess was said to be "inconsolable", though Sheeran felt well enough to return to the party after having the wound stitched.
The Duke of York was in Mexico on a trade mission, but his ex-wife the Duchess of York, who is also known to have staged mock knighting ceremonies in the past, was at the party.
Dickie Arbiter, the Queen's former press secretary, said: "I hate to say it, but it's a case of like mother like daughter."
A source said:"The Princess must have misjudged the weight of the sword or something and, instead of lightly tapping him on the shoulder, she swung it back, not knowing Ed was standing right behind her.
"A couple of the guests said Ed could have been seriously injured but he really played it down. He was the perfect gentleman and told her it was just an accident."