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Grime legend Wiley collects MBE from Prince William

Prince William handed Wiley his MBE. Credit: PA

Wiley was surprised to find out the royal family had even heard of the grime artist as he collected his MBE.

The Grime music legend whose real name is Richard Cowie was given his MBE by Prince William at Buckingham Palace on Friday.

Speaking afterwards, he sad: "I did think in the music industry you could do work that people would recognise, I always knew that part."

Wiley was a touch cold afterwards. Credit: PA

Laughing, he added: "But I didnt know if, like, the royals would. I don't know why I felt like they would never know us."

He said: "You don't know where it's going to end you up, but if you do the work it can end you up in a place that was much better than before.

"Growing up people quit and I'm glad I could've been an inspiration to those who felt like giving up."

Reflecting on his MBE, he added: "This could open up doors for me in terms of going back to teach, to help, because I dont care about myself anymore, I care about others.

"I feel like that's the way I get on in my life, its about everyone else, and that's why I'm here."