George Harrison reportedly rejected Queen Elizabeth II’s Medal for Excellence in Business due to Paul McCartney’s knighthood, but there may be another reason


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 hold their MBEs in 1965.
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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).


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