Rod Stewart in ‘big family’ quip to Prince William on being asked if he’s ‘still singing’

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Sir Rod Stewart, 75, has spoken out on a funny incident that occurred when he received his MBE back in 2016 at Buckingham Palace. The Maggie May hitmaker revealed that Prince William had questioned whether he was “still singing” after his nearly 70-year showbiz career.

Sir Rod was asked about his Knighthood experience while appearing on Harry Redknapp’s podcast that he hosts with his friend Dodge.

Dodge asked the rockstar: “What did Prince William say when he put the sword on your shoulders?”

Struggling to recall if it was Prince William or Prince Charles who knighted him, the 75-year-old responded: “I think it was either him or Charles when I got the MBE. He said, ‘Are you still singing?’ 

“I said, ‘I’ve got to mate, I’ve got a big family. I’ve got to.'”

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However, the one regret that Sir Rod has about the occasion, is that his father, Robert Stewart, who died in 1990, was not around to witness him receive the honour.

He continued: “I wish my dad had seen. It was an amazing day because I went to the Palace, got p**sed at lunchtime then went to the Royal Academy Of Arts where the Queen was. 

“So I had to line up, I was a little wobbly,” he added.

Sir Rod admitted that at heart, he is a huge fan of the royal family.

He divulged: “I am a royalist, I don’t know about you Harry but I am. Love the royal family.”

Elsewhere on the podcast,  Sir Rod shared he was once left baffled by a solitary pair of “horrible” men’s briefs that were thrown at him on stage while he sang in Las Vegas.

He later discovered that is was his wife Penny Lancaster, 49, who had chucked the underwear at him as part of a long tradition at concerts. 

However, thankfully Sir Rod was able to see the funny side.

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Speaking on his desirability to fans as he gets older, he said: “I’ll still have thousands of women ­throwing their knickers up. 

“The last time that ­happened I was singing away in Las Vegas and a pair of men’s grey underpants came up. 

“They were really horrible. It was my wife who threw ’em up,” he added.

The tradition of throwing underwear on stage began in the ’60s with the likes of Sir Tom Jones and ­Engelbert Humperdinck, who are both now in their 80s.

Penny had hidden in the audience before launching the pair of ugly briefs onto the stage.

“She hid in the audience and threw a pair of men’s undies up,” said Sir Rod.

The star made the revelation after being asked if he would rather perform a concert for 100,000 women throwing their knickers, or score a goal for Celtic in the champions league final.

He replied: “Oh, give me the goal, yeah.”

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