Prince William honors singer MIA at Buckingham Palace

Prince William Honours Singer M.I.A. At Buckingham Palace

Following a week of royal drama, Prince William put the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle news behind him as he handed out honours at Buckingham Palace.

MIA received an MBE (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) from Prince William at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday.

"Congratulations Alex", a wonderful and heartwarming gesture from the Duke of Cambridge as he awarded an MBE to Alex Duguid, who works here at ITV Tyne Tees with the SignPost team.

Alex was awarded for services to deaf people and British Sign Language education. "This so lovely and shows the respect William has for Sign Language".

"He is an example of how profoundly deaf people can have an impact on their community, their peers and their country. How thoughtful", read one of the many comments on the post.

He is perhaps best known for a viral video clip in which he popped up on screen at the start of an episode at the exact time Liz mcDonald (Beverley Callard) was left startled - making it look like it was Alex who had given her the fright.

This isn't the first time Prince William surprised guests at a royal palace by showcasing an unexpected talent.

Following the news, which they shared on social media, a royal summit was called at Sandringham with the Queen, Prince Charles, William and Harry in attendance.

The full statement read: "Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family".

Following the meeting, the Queen released a statement where she expressed her sadness over seeing Meghan and Harry leaving their position as full-time working royals.

It's been a turbulent week for the royal family following Meghan and Harry's announcement.

The Queen noted that she wanted the matter resolved in "the coming days", despite the complexity of the issues the royal family is tackling.

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