Princess Beatrice has sliced open Ed Sheeran's face after pretending to knight James Blunt, a report suggests.
Beatrice, 28, the eldest daughter of Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew, swung the sword over her shoulder to jokingly knight Blunt, 42, without realising that Sheeran, 25, was standing behind her, The Sun reports.
A source told the publication that the royal was "inconsolable" as the "Thinking Out Loud" singer, who was in attendance with his girlfriend Cherry Seaborn, could have been blinded.
"As the night wore on they started talking about honours and apparently James Blunt joked that he would love a knighthood. Beatrice jokingly said she could arrange it and fetched a ceremonial sword," the source said.
"Everyone was having a great laugh and the joke was very much in keeping with the tone of the whole party. James played along with the prank and got down on one knee as he would if he were at Buckingham Palace being honoured by The Queen," the source continued.
“Beatrice, who was in great form, held the sword above him and said ‘arise Sir James’, just like her nan would at the Palace. But she must have misjudged the weight or something and, instead of lightly tapping him on the shoulder, she swung it back, not knowing Ed was standing right behind her."
The Sun reports that Sheeran was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was given stitches for the cut below his eye, before heading back to the party at the Royal Lodge in Windsor.