James Blunt says story about Princess Beatrice slicing Ed Sheeran's face with a sword was made up 

Ed Sheeran and James Blunt, pictured at an awards ceremony in Germany earlier this month
Ed Sheeran and James Blunt, pictured at an awards ceremony in Germany earlier this month Credit: Daniel Reinhardt/dpa via AP

Last year, it was widely reported that Princess Beatrice had accidentally cut the face of singer Ed Sheeran with a ceremonial sword, during an accident that took place at a party at the Royal Lodge in Windsor, home of the Princess's father Prince Andrew.

At the party, it was claimed, singer James Blunt had joked that he wanted a knighthood, and persuaded the royal to "knight" him with a sword. While swinging it back, the Princess was said to have caught Sheeran on the face, leaving him with a wound that needed stitches.

Princess Beatrice Credit: Eddie Mulholland

Now, however, Blunt has claimed that the knighting part of the story, and the involvement of Princess Beatrice, were both a complete fabrication.

"Ed was drunk, messing around, and he cut himself. We made a fancy story up; people fell for it. It was very embarrassing," the singer told Shortlist.

Asked how much of the story was invented, he said: "All of it. Apart from the actual scar. It’s bizarre that people fell for it."

"I blame him [Sheeran]," Blunt jokingly added. "He must be desperate – he’s trying to sell records.

"He cut himself and I just patched him up. It’s made him look prettier."

Blunt previously suggested the knighting story was less than true during an appearance on the Graham Norton Show last month.

‘If he [Ed Sheeran] said his face got cut while she was ‘knighting’ me then dashed to A&E before returning to the party, then he is a liar," he told Norton.

"For a start, she is a princess and would be rehearsed and practiced in these matters, and given the NHS waiting lists it would have been impossible to get to hospital and back so quickly."