Journalist Ray Connolly claims George Harrison OBE refused from Queen Elizabeth II Because he was humiliated by receiving an inferior honor from his former teammate Paul McCartney. George did not refuse an honor for leadership from Her Majesty, but not out of jealousy.
The Beatles had some conflicting opinions about Queen Elizabeth II
In June 1965, The Beatles’ manager, Brian Epsteinthe Queen announced awarding them MBEs (Member of the Order of the British Empire).
The Beatles held a press conference after the announcement. George said in response to whether or not they feel they deserve MBEs (per The Beatles Bible), “It’s not up to us to say it. The Queen must have thought so, or she wouldn’t have given them to us, would she?”
However, according to Liverpool EchoGeorge was confused by Queen Elizabeth II The decision to award the band MBEs. “I don’t think you got that kind of thing, just to play rock and roll,” he told the press.
By 1965, the Beatles had done much more than just play rock ‘n’ roll. Even royalty cannot ignore the band’s impact on society. George said he would hang an MBE on his wall.
Over the years, George hasn’t talked much about the monarchy. However, during a 1968 interview on KPPC-FM (per Harrison Archive), George said he loves Queen Elizabeth II. However, her kindness “somehow made it worse.”
George said, ‘The Queen is fine though, actually. The Queen, you know, isn’t, it’s different like Prez here, Prez seems to be the heavy guy. Whereas the Queen is, like, walking around waving all the time.
“And, you know, it’s really karma, it’s, you know, the fickle finger of fate pointed at her and it happened, you know, she didn’t break up and she had to go around waving. But she’s a nice lady and that It somehow makes it worse. “
By 1965, George was already bored with meeting the world’s dignitaries, including the Queen. Just He liked the spiritual. George cared more about pleasing God than anyone who claimed to be the highest human being of his era.
Ray Connolly claims that George Harrison rejected OBE from Queen Elizabeth II because of Paul McCartney
George distanced himself from the monarchy even more when he refused an OBE from Queen Elizabeth II in 2000, a year before his death (per painting).
Connolly told the Mail on Sunday, “Whoever decided to offer an OBE and not a knighthood was extraordinarily insensitive. George would have been offended—and for very good reason.”
George has never revealed the real reason for declining the honor, but it is very clear.
George could have turned down OBE because he didn’t care too much about the awards
George became uncomfortable with his fame early in his career. In the early days of the Beatles, he loved the band Late night shows during their stay in Hamburg, Germany. Then the band became successful and it was great.
However, fame came at a price. Beatlemania began to impress George. He was often paranoid of being killed. Soon it became George Frustrated by fame and flattery. His temper and boredom were equally scarred. Thank God, George found spirituality, and his soul was cleansed.
Therefore, it was not surprising that he did not like that he received an award for his work. It was all fake to him. If he were to get any appreciation from anyone, it would be from God. He was playing music just to be closer to its maker. George did not like When fans treated him like a godHe gives him the offerings.
In Martin Scorsese’s 2011 documentary, George Harrison: Living in the Material WorldOlivia, George’s widow, explained that George giving awards and honors was little thought.
“George had the maximum deviation in life,” she said. “Towards the end of his life, I would say, ‘Oh, they want to give you this award. ‘ He said, ‘I don’t want it.’ Tell them to get another monkey. I’d say, ‘Yeah, but you know, it’s really nice.’ You must have this.
And he would say, ‘Well, if you really want it, go and get it. I will not go. I don’t do that anymore. Because it’s just such a big diversion… It really drew the line, and I really liked it.”
It is doubtful that George would be offended that he did not receive the same honor as Paul. It is more plausible that George would have rejected OBE from Queen Elizabeth II because he hated adulation. George wasn’t living in the physical world where trophies were important anyway. What he wanted most in life was that Go down to the next level of existence.