Ed Sheeran and Prince Charles

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Royal protocol be damned:

Ed Sheeran became a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) on Thursday, but he made a royal faux pas during the Investiture ceremony: Sheeran touched Prince Charles' arm when he received the honor at Buckingham Palace in London. The singer was awarded his MBE for services to music and charity.

Sheeran said on "Today" that he "shook the prince's hand and talked to him for a little bit."

Then he confessed, "Apparently, I did a big faux pas, though. I shook his hand and then grabbed it and you're not meant to do that."

A photo shows Sheeran touching Charles' arm as he shakes the royal's hand. 

I used to think that the United States was a nitpicky country. We have nothing on the British. And, look, I don't think this is even a thing really because no one with a serious look on their face came up and manhandled poor Ed. It was his music that got him to this place, and everyone should be thankful that they didn't frog march him into the garden for a stern talking to.