Now that would be Perfect. Ed Sheeran, the proclaimed king of 2017 first dance songs, revealed on Thursday, December 7, that he would perform at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s upcoming wedding—if the royal couple requests his presence.
Sheeran made the comments to reporters while receiving his MBE (the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire)—as one casually does in the presence of royalty. “Yeah,” he replied with a smile, according to BBC News. “Why not?”
Sheeran is no stranger to the royal family. In November 2014, the “Thinking Out Loud” singer met Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton in London for a Royal Variety Performance. Prior to that, the “Shape of You” singer met the queen at her Diamond Jubilee concert held at Buckingham Palace in June 2012.
On Thursday, he was honored by Prince Charles on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II for his contributions to charity and the music industry as a whole. “Do you know what I love?” the “Perfect” singer noted. “My grandfather was a massive royalist, he had all the commemorative plates and stuff, and he died on this day four years ago, so it’s actually quite a nice full circle thing, I guess he’d be pretty proud.”
The artist also revealed the formula behind his success—surprisingly, he didn’t count his voice as one of the main reasons for his standout career. “I think it’s persistence,” Sheeran replied. “I don’t have a vast amount of talent compared to other people, I think talent is like 30% of it and persistence, drive and self belief are the other ones, which I guess are all the same thing.”
Prince Harry, currently fifth in line to the British Royal throne, is set to marry Markle next May at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, which is the part-time home of the queen. On Wednesday, a royal steward revealed that in preparation for the occasion, church staffers have been advised to watch Markle’s legal drama Suits.