George Harrison was insulted when he was offered one of the highest honors bestowed on civilians in England. The Order of the British Empire was offered to Harrison the year before he died of cancer and he refused.
This information was just released under the British Freedom of Information act, according to News Max on Dec. 24. Harrison turned this honor down and was highly insulted because he wasn’t offered the knighthood, as fellow Beatles member, Paul McCartney was honored with.
Harrison contributed quite a bit of song writing to the Beatles, writing hits like “Something” and “Here Comes the Sun.” He always felt he was overshadowed by McCartney and John Lennon when it came to song writing recognition.
Harrison died in 2001 and was offered the Knighthood in 2000. Journalist Ray Connolly, who knew the Beatles, said:
"Whoever it was who decided to offer him the OBE and not the knighthood was extraordinarily insensitive."George would have felt insulted – and with very good reason."
It is sad that he went to his death feeling snubbed by not being offered the Knighthood like his band-mate McCarthy.