BFTA nominee for “Queen”, British actor Michael Sheen has finally revealed why he was awarded the British Empire (OBE) honor by the Queen in 2009.
The decision to return OBE began with a deep understanding of the relationship between Shane and Wales in the British state before he spoke in 2013, the actor told journalist Owen Jones in a video interview released on Tuesday.
In 2017, Shane delivered the lecture by Raymond Williams, named after the late Welsh theorist, addressing the themes of Welsh culture and identity. In the speech, Shin mentioned how King Edward I gave the title of Prince of Wales to his son, inherited from the British throne, as part of his Welsh rebellion.
“I learned a lot about Welsh history in my research on this lecture,” he told Shin Jones. I have to return my OBE. “
Shin stressed that he has been incredibly honored for taking the OBE and that it has helped him in every way possible.
“I didn’t mean any disrespect, but I just realized that I would be a hypocrite if I were going to say things in the discourse about the nature of the relationship between Wales and the British state,” Shin said. The actor said that he did not want to promote his return this time.
Charles, the current Prince of Wales, will lose the title after ascending the throne. Shin said it would be a “truly meaningful and powerful gesture that would no longer be done for the title as before. I think it would happen an incredibly meaningful thing.”
The relationship between Wales and the monarchy was described in detail in three episodes in a season of “Crown,” where 20-year-old Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor) was sent to Wales to learn Welsh before receiving his title, and met with a cold reception by locals.