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The Best Moments Between The Spice Girls & The Royals

Here’s what happens when pop royalty & actual royalty meet.

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When it comes to British culture, the Spice Girls and the royal family are probably two of the first things that spring to mind. Over the years, these two entities have crossed paths on many occasions, with some very hilarious results...

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While attending a charity gala for the Prince’s Trust in 1997, Geri Halliwell reportedly broke royal protocol when she gave Prince Charles a cheeky pinch on the bum. Geri later denied the reports, however, claiming the legendary pinch was actually more of a “pat.”

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In September 1997, the Spice Girls dedicated an award to the late Diana, Princess of Wales, during that year’s MTV VMAs ceremony in New York City. Speaking on stage, Mel C told the audience: “We’d like to dedicate this award to Princess Diana, who is a great loss for our country.”

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In his first public appearance following the death of his mother, a young Prince Harry ran into the Spice Girls during a half-term trip to Johannesburg with his father the Prince of Wales.

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The Prince of Wales bumped into the “Wannabe” hitmakers for the second time in South Africa following a charity concert and posed for photos with the iconic girl band alongside the country’s then president, Nelson Mandela.

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Following an appearance at the Royal Variety Performance back in December 1997, the Spice Girls came face to face with her majesty the Queen. With the girls on their very best behaviour, there was no bum pinching this time around.

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At the premiere of the band’s 1997 film Spice World, Princes Charles surprised the girls by showing up on the red carpet with both Harry and William. And, during the event, the Spice Girls reportedly joked that the Prince of Wales should become their new manager.

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In 1998, Prince Charles penned a personal message to Geri Halliwell following her decision to quit the Spice Girls. “The group will not be the same without you,” Charles wrote in the letter to Halliwell, who he bumped into just a few months later at that year’s Prince’s Trust Comedy Gala.

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Being part of the royal family comes with its perks, and this was certainly the case for Princess Eugenie and Beatrice back in 1999 when they got the chance to meet the iconic girl band along with their mother, the Duchess of York.

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During a 2007 appearance on The Graham Norton Show, Mel C revealed that the Spice Girls once had tea with Prince Charles, William, and Harry at the Highgrove royal residence. When the cucumber sandwiches on offer weren’t to the girls’ taste, they were quickly replaced with peanut butter on toast.

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In 2011, a pregnant Victoria Beckham and her husband David made the guest list for the biggest royal event of that year, the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Posh Spice attended the nuptials wearing a design from her very own collection complete with a Philip Treacy hat.

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In 2018, Victoria bagged another royal wedding invitation for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s big day in Windsor. With David by her side, the Spice Girl wore a dress from her spring/summer 2019 collection with a match Stephen Jones tulle pillbox hat.