Mel B has thanked her ‘Spice sister’ Victoria Beckham for her ‘enormous generosity’ after the fashion designer dressed her to receive her royal honours.
Scary Spice, 46, was part of the first major investiture at Buckingham Palace since the start of the pandemic on Wednesday and she took to Instagram on Friday to thank Posh, 48, for their 25 years of friendship.
Sharing a picture of the pair cuddling-up together in front of a celebratory cake after the event, Spice Girl Mel wrote: ‘My Spice sister Vic, I can’t thank you enough for your enormous generosity.
Pals: Mel B has thanked her ‘Spice sister’ Victoria Beckham for her ‘enormous generosity’ after the fashion designer dressed Mel and her mother Andrea for Mel to receive her royal honours
Grateful: Scary, 46, was part of the first major investiture at Buckingham Palace since the start of the pandemic and she took to Instagram on Friday to thank Posh, 48, for being there
‘Not only did you dress me and my mum but you surprised me by actually being there to fit us…….it was just soooooooo special thanks to YOU and your fabulousness.
‘Honestly what a perfect ending to a magical day, you booked a lovely dinner together with both our families, wowza 25 years of friendship and we still like each other haha I love you lots.’
Melanie was named in the New Year Honours for services to charitable causes and vulnerable women.
Decorated: Melanie was named in the New Year Honours for services to charitable causes and vulnerable women
Girl power: Victoria took to Instagram on Thursday to share a snap of her and Mel celebrating her honour alongside their mothers Andrea and Jackie [L-R Mel, Jackie, Andrea, Victoria]
On her special day at the Queen’s London residence, where she was appointed an MBE by Prince William, the singer looked stunning in a red dress – designed by Victoria – and an accompanying headpiece and white heels.
Mel, who was also wearing jewellery by Robinson Pelham, could not keep the smile from her face as she proudly received the reputable accolade from the Duke Of Cambridge, after doing her best curtesy.
The Woman’s Aid patron dedicated her MBE to other people who suffered in abusive relationships.
Speaking to The Sun about learning she had received the honour, she said: ‘I thought about all the women I’ve met over the past few years who have been through terrible situations, women who have died, women who are still suffering.
Well-deserved: Mel B received her MBE for services to domestic violence victims from Prince William in the first major investiture at Buckingham Palace since the start of the pandemic
Happy moment: The Spice Girl who was accompanied by proud mum Andrea, was named in the New Year Honours for services to charitable causes and vulnerable women
Moment to remember: Mel could not keep the smile from her face as proudly as she received the reputable accolade from Prince William
Proud: Wednesday marked the first major investiture at Buckingham Palace since the start of the pandemic
Congratulations: On her special day at the Queen’s London residence, the singer looked stunning in a red dress – designed by fellow Spice Girl Victoria Beckham – an accompanying headpiece and white heels
An honour: Mel presented her best curtesy at Buckingham Palace before receiving the coveted award
Brave: The Woman’s Aid patron dedicated her MBE to other people who suffered in abusive relationships
‘This, for me, was all about them. It still is.’
She continued: ‘Receiving that letter telling me about the MBE… it was the first time I thought that I’d done something.
‘Not as a Spice Girl, but as Melanie Brown – this working-class, mixed-race kid from Leeds who has always done her own thing, regardless.
‘A true role model’: Victoria Beckham shared a heartfelt tribute to her close pal, saying, ‘I am so proud of @officialmelb receiving her well-deserved MBE’
‘That made me feel incredibly proud of myself, of all women who’ve been through similar experiences and of all the people who have helped me along this path.’
Melanie split from her film producer ex-husband Stephen Belafonte in 2017 after a decade.
She claimed in her 2018 memoir Brutally Honest that she had suffered abuse – allegations Belafonte has repeatedly denied.
Mel’s father Martin died from cancer following an eight-year illness in 2017.
Raising awareness: Last year, the singer starred in a short film exploring domestic violence through dance, recreating a woman’s escape from an abusive relationship
Ex: Mel split from Stephen Belafonte, 46, in 2017 and claimed he emotionally and physically abused her during their 10-year marriage – something he vehemently denies (pictured in 2015)
The singer said that after telling her mother the news of her MBE, she had driven to his graveside to share the news with him.
Pop star Mel said that, apart from the women who have suffered, she wanted to dedicate her award to her father.
She said he ‘started the journey I will be on for the rest of my life’, working as much as possible to raise awareness for domestic abuse.
In 2017, Mel ended the near decade long rift with her mum Andrea.
The mother-and-daughter had been estranged since 2008, following the star’s marriage to Stephen.
In a 2008 interview, Andrea made no secret of her feelings about Belafonte, who became Mel’s husband in 2007 after a secret Las Vegas wedding before renewing their vows the following year.
It was the second ceremony in Egypt that led to the family feud reaching its peak, with Mel also falling out with her sister Danielle, and her father Martin – at the time it was rumoured that her husband was the one banning Mel’s relatives from getting in contact with her and the children.
After Mel’s youngest’s birth in 2011, Andrea revealed in an interview with The Sun that she only learned of the pregnancy and birth via the internet.
Repaired relationship: The mother-and-daughter had been estranged since 2008, following the star’s marriage to Stephen, before Mel ended the near decade long rift in 2017
At the end of 2014, when Mel was hospitalised on the final weekend of The X Factor, Andrea went on a Twitter rant accusing film producer Belafonte of being physically violent towards the singer.
When the news of her daughter’s divorce went public in March 2017, Andrea tweeted: ‘4 the 1st time in almost 10yrs I can go 2 bed knowing my daughter and the kids r safe no more abuse 4 any of us.’
Mel had filed for divorce on March 20 of that year and had said in court papers that she was the victim of ‘multiple physical beatings’ at the hands of her husband.
Protective mum: At the end of 2014, when Mel was hospitalised on the final weekend of The X Factor, Andrea went on a Twitter rant accusing film producer Belafonte of being physically violent towards the singer