Devon footballer David James' delight after collecting MBE from 'charming gentleman'
Former England goalkeeper David James has been awarded an MBE by the Prince of Wales.
Mr James, who has a home in Devon, received the award for his services to football and charity at the ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Mr James, who is currently playing for AFC Bournemouth, said the Prince asked him about the foundation he has set up in Malawi to help local farmers.
"He was asking me about the foundation and wished me well," said the much-travelled star.
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"It is an agricultural foundation set up in Malawi to educate farmers on better farming techniques, in a bid to solve the problem of starvation issues."
James, who has also played for Bristol City, Watford, Liverpool, Aston Villa, West Ham, Manchester City and Portsmouth, added: "I haven't met the Prince before, he was a charming gentleman."
The football star was joined at Buckingham Palace by actress Amanda Redman, who was also awarded an MBE.
After the ceremony, Miss Redman described herself as "a bit wobbly with the first curtsey, the second one better".
The New Tricks star said that though she knows Charles is a fan of the hit TV crime drama, he was more interested in talking about her charity work.
After the ceremony she said he had asked about the Artists' Theatre School she set up, which has trained dozens of young actors.
She said: "He was surprised about how long it's been since it was set up, and said what great talent we have produced."