Princes William and Harry have been personally invited to the Spice Girls’ London shows.

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The royal brothers – who have been big fans of the Spice Girls since they first shot to fame with their hit Wannabe in 1996 – will be guests of honour at one of the reunited band’s concerts at the O2 arena later this month.

William and Harry’s father Prince Charles – who famously had his bottom pinched by Ginger Spice Geri Halliwell at a Manchester charity show in 1997 – is also expected to be in the audience.

Speaking backstage at the Spice Girls’ first concert of their reunion tour in Vancouver, Canada, Mel C told Britain’s Daily Mirror newspaper: “Who is coming? Everyone! We’ve got some exciting guests in London but I don’t know if I’m allowed to say. Some might be royalty, you never know!”

William, 25, has previously confessed to having a poster of Emma Bunton – also known as Baby Spice – on his bedroom wall as a teenager. Harry – now 23-years-old – met the group when he was just 13 at a charity concert in South Africa.

The young prince was famously pictured beaming with his arms round the group and blushed as Emma held his hand and kissed him on the cheek. The band were such a hit with the brothers they were invited for high tea at the princes’ Gloucestershire home, Highgrove.