Princess Beatrice 'sliced open' Ed Sheeran's face with a sword when trying to 'knight' James Blunt as a prank
Princess Beatrice "sliced open" Ed Sheeran's face with a sword while attempting to "knight" James Blunt as a prank, according to reports.
The Thinking Out Loud singer was rushed to hospital after Beatrice "swung" the blade behind her when attempting to "knight" Blunt, not realising Sheeran was standing there, The Sun reports.
The princess was hosting a dinner in Windsor and Blunt joked that he would "love to become a Sir" when the incident happened.
Sheeran (25) suffered a gash to his right cheek and was taken to hospital to receive treatment for the injury.
“He could’ve been blinded," one source told the paper.
Beatrice (28) is said to have "misjudged the weight of the blade" and "had no idea Ed Sheeran was standing right behind her."
She was said to be "inconsolable" after the events.
A source told the publication: "Ed had been invited to dinner as a guest of Princess Beatrice. They all sat down and there were 20 or so guests, including Sarah Ferguson, James Blunt and his wife Sofia Wellesley."
“As the night wore on they started talking about honours and apparently James Blunt joked that he would love a knighthood."
“Beatrice jokingly said she could arrange it and fetched a ceremonial sword."
“Everyone was having a great laugh and the joke was very much in keeping with the tone of the whole party."
"James played along with the prank and got down on one knee as he would if he were at Buckingham Palace being honoured by The Queen.
“Beatrice, who was in great form, held the sword above him and said ‘arise Sir James’, just like her nan would at the Palace.
“But she must have misjudged the weight or something and, instead of lightly tapping him on the shoulder, she swung it back, not knowing Ed was standing right behind her."
Sheeran reportedly "played it down" and "was the perfect gentleman," before going to hospital to have stitches put in.
The singer songwriter posed for photos with fans the following night, leaving his followers wondering how the wound had occured.