If the recent leak of emails between David Beckham and some of his management team are to be believed, it seems like the former footballer is pretty damn keen to nab himself a Knighthood.
The accolade, which has been given to the likes of Paul McCartney for his contributions to revolutionizing music and Lenny Henry for his services to drama and charity, is evidently a big deal, so we can see why Beckham is allegedly so keen to receive one following the work he's done with children's charity UNICEF.
But why hasn't he received one after all these years of donating time and energy to raising the profile of the important charity? Beckham has not only set up the "7 fund" within the charity to help protect children in danger, but has been on various trips to visit youngsters exposed to natural and man-caused disasters to the likes of Swaziland, the Philippines, Sierra Leone, and more.
There's no doubt he's done a lot, so it is kind of odd that he wouldn't have been honored by the Queen further than the OBE he received in 2003. But according to The Mirror, it's because Beckham has been given a "red flag" against his name thanks to the way he's approached some of his tax affairs.
It's been suggested that Beckham's decision to involve himself in the Ingenious Media investment scheme, which is completely legal but is used by various celebrities to channel their funds into more tax-friendly arts projects, back in 2013 is what may have caused the delay on his Knighthood.
Apparently, the red flag has come from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, who disapprove of the scheme. A source in Whitehall is reported to have said: "For anybody who is being considered for an honour, we got advice on the reputational risk on relation to their tax affairs. It is ranked red, amber and green. And if it is red, the general rule is you do not give them an honour."
So that may be what's happened in these circumstances, because despite having been recommended for a knighthood back in November 2013 by Olympics chief Lord Coe, no such honor has ever been received by Beckham.
In one of the apparently leaked emails, Beckham is reported to have slammed the Honours Committee who makes these decisions, allegedly calling them a "bunch of c***s" for failing to give him a knighthood.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.