George Harrison Refused Royal Honor Before His Death

George Harrison turned down an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) from Britain's royal family before his death, according to the Daily Mail.

Harrison was to be honored for being "a member of a band that many people would say is the best thing that Britain has ever produced, and possibly the best in the world, the Beatles," according to the Mail's report.

Fellow Beatle Paul McCartney was awarded a knighthood in 1997, and the paper's sources suggest Harrison saw the less prestigious OBE as an insult.

"Whoever it was who decided to offer him the OBE and not the knighthood was extraordinarily insensitive," journalist Ray Connolly told the Mail. "George would have felt insulted - and with very good reason."

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