In perhaps one of the stranger stories of the week, it has been reported that Princess Beatrice has allegedly cut the face of singer Ed Sheeran while trying to "knight" fellow songwriter, James Blunt as the pair attended a party thrown by the royal.

Ed SheeranHas Ed Sheeran been the victim of a royal prank gone too far?

Few questions have been really asked about the bizarre incident which apparently saw the Princess pick up a readily available sword before trying to enact her grandmother’s famous New Year’s reward.

The Sun on Sunday reported that at a party held at the Royal Lodge in Windsor, James Blunt joked that he wanted to be "knighted" and Princess Beatrice obliged.

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However, after she performed the "knighting", it is claimed she inadvertently swung the sword back and caught Sheeran on the cheek as he was standing behind her.

He is then believed to have gone to the hospital to have some stitches before later returning to the party.

One source said: "The blade cut into his face and it was just a few inches from his right eye.

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"A couple of the guests said it could have been worse and he could have been blinded in the eye but Ed really played it down.

"Everyone was totally shocked and apparently Beatrice was very upset. But Ed was the perfect gentleman and told her it was just an accident."