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Queen in unusual admission to Linford Christie as she ‘put him at ease’ during ceremony

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British Olympian Linford Christie, 61, has revealed Queen Elizabeth II, 95, was quick to point out an “unusual” aspect to one of their meetings. It comes after the retired sprinter was appointed MBE in 1990 and OBE in 1998 by the Queen.

However, Linford’s MBE ceremony took place shortly after he met the monarch for the first time at the Commonwealth Games, which left the Queen taken aback.

Reflecting on the incredible moment in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, Linford said: “I got my MBE from the Queen and I’d already met her earlier on in the year at the Commonwealth Games and she gave us the medal.

“So it wasn’t as nerve-racking as it would have been if I had just met her for the first time.

“And she is sweet, she is a really, genuinely, nice person and if she wasn’t the Queen, she would be a person that I could hang out with because she’s down to earth.

“I’ve got a lot of respect for her, I really have.”

Linford went on to share details about what the Queen said to him when she presented him with his MBE at Buckingham Palace.

The athlete divulged: “She said it was unusual because when I met her she said, ‘Hello again Linford, it’s unusual for me to give a medal to a person twice in a short space of time’. 

“So she just puts you at ease and I think she’s a lovely person. 

“We’re good friends!” he added.

Linford earned the honour after becoming the World, Olympic, European and Commonwealth champion at once, before being awarded an OBE and the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

The star praised the Royal Family for how they’ve treated him over the years. 

He spoke out to defend the royals after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle aired their criticisms about “the firm” in recent bombshell interviews with Oprah Winfrey.

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Addressing Harry and Meghan’s comments about the royals, Linford said: “For me, I don’t live among them, and I’m not out there to judge.

“And sometimes, you have to go by how people treat you, so therefore if you’re my friend, and you fall out with someone else, it doesn’t mean that I can’t be their friend. 

“So until you walk a mile in someone’s shoes, you can’t judge and I would never judge.”

The star added: “I can only go by how I’ve been treated by members of the Royal Family, and it’s always been good.”

The Queen received some criticism after Harry and Meghan spoke out against the Royal Family back in March.

During her first interview with Oprah after moving to the US with Harry, Meghan described the Queen as being “really welcoming” in one part, however, she also discussed how she felt upset after Archie was not made a prince.

The Duchess of Sussex went on to claim that there were multiple conversations and concerns about “how dark” her son’s skin colour would be before he was born.

Harry and Meghan announced they had named their daughter Lilibet, which the Duke of Edinburgh used as a pet name for Her Majesty, after she was born in July.

It is understood the Duke and Duchess of Sussex spoke with members of the family, including the Queen, about their baby girl’s name.

 

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