Former EastEnders star Goldie has revealed the bizarre souvenir he “stole” on his visit to Buckingham Palace when he collected his MBE for services to music and young people – handfuls of gravel smuggled in his trousers.
Not for the musician the usual visitor behaviour of searching for royal-stamped objects or even simple toilet paper – the ex-James Bond film actor played out the role of one of his other films, Snatch, by grabbing a load of gravel from the courtyard to take home.
The star said he did it like a prisoner-of-war covertly disposing of earth dug from an escape tunnel – by pretending to tie his shoelaces.
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But he said he scooped up his keepsake and filled his trousers and socks rather than releasing it from them.
The former Strictly and Celebrity Big Brother star, 57, said: “I got a massive scoop of gravel.
"I did the faking of the shoe thing like I was on one of those escape things, I put it in my pocket and I filled my socks.”
Asked if he felt guilty as the gravel may have been newly bought and spread, he said he even took that into consideration.
The star – real name Clifford Price – added: “It was just this thing about having this gravel.
"I did think about that – I thought ‘Go to one of the corners because it will be older gravel’.”
He received his gong in the 2016 New Years Honours on his second visit to the Palace, having played in front of an audience including Prince Harry five years earlier for a reality TV project.
Called ‘Goldie’s Band – By Royal Appointment’, it saw musical experts help select 12 gifted young musicians to play at the royal household.
This however isn't the only thing Goldie has announced rather unexpectedly.
In the past, the star appeared to accidentally confirm the first name of the famous street artist, Banksy, in a candid admission.
During an appearance on Scroobius Pip's podcast, Distraction Pieces, the pair were discussing the rise in street art which had taken over the country.
In 2017, he said: "Give me a bubble letter and put it on a T-shirt and write Banksy on it and we're sorted.
"We can sell it now… No disrespect to Rob, I think he is a brilliant artist."
He went on to add: "I think he has flipped the world of art over."
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