Ed Sheeran says he is available for wedding as he collects MBE at palace

Global superstar Ed Sheeran has said he would be happy to play the first song at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding reception.

After receiving an MBE for a glittering music career and his charity work, the singer-songwriter said he had not been asked by the prince and his fiancee to perform at the special one-off gig in May.

Singer Ed Sheeran with his MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) medal that was presented to him  by the Prince of Wales during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London

Singer Ed Sheeran with his MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) medal that was presented to him by the Prince of Wales during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London

But when quizzed if he would like to do it, he replied with a grin “yeah, why not”.

Sheeran’s MBE was awarded by the Prince of Wales during a Buckingham Palace investiture ceremony.

The singer-songwriter who has enjoyed phenomenal worldwide success, spoke about his grandfather Bill Sheeran after the ceremony.

He said: “Do you know what I love, my grandfather was a massive royalist, he had all the commemorative plates and stuff, and he died on this day four years ago, so it’s actually quite a nice full circle thing, I guess he’d be pretty proud.”

Ed Sheeran from London is made an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) by the Prince of Wales at an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London

Ed Sheeran from London is made an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) by the Prince of Wales at an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London

As a young boy Sheeran set his sights on becoming a performer and in his teenage years he pursued his dream, endlessly gigging and later releasing songs as he tried to gain a foothold in the music business.

His efforts caught the attention of Sir Elton John and Jamie Foxx who both supported the fledgling musician.

After signing for a major label his debut album, + or Plus, sold six million copies and featured the hit single The A Team, which earned the musician the 2012 Ivor Novello Award for best song musically and lyrically.

Other accolades followed the release of his second album, X or Multiply, which won the 2015 Brit Award for album of the year, and Sheeran was also presented with an Ivor Novello award for songwriter of the year.

He won two Grammy Awards at the 2016 ceremony for song of the year, Thinking Out Loud, and best pop solo performance.

Sheeran’s latest single Perfect, newly re-worked as a duet with Beyonce, is expected to top the charts this week.

Speaking about the prospect of his fourth number one the musician said: “Do you know what, it’s mad.

“Starting the year with a number one single and ending it with a number one single I’ve never done that before.

“I’m very excited but I think it might have something to do with putting Beyonce on the song, I won’t take full credit.”

Sheeran was also enthusiastic about his time working with Eminem on the American’s latest album, describing the experience as “really amazing”.

The singer-songwriter added: “He was someone I obviously grew up listening to and have a huge amount of respect for.

“But he’s such a sweet nice guy, really friendly, proper family man, very musical, I really enjoyed my time with him.”

The 26-year-old’s MBE also recognised his charity work and he has supported a range of organisations including East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, acting as an ambassador.

The singer-songwriter said he was dashing off to have a celebratory curry with his parents John and Imogen Sheeran in central London, before catching his flight to New York.