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England and Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford received an MBE from Prince William this week, however many athletes in the past have refused honors from the Royal Family.

Rashford was honored at Windsor Castle for services to vulnerable children after his campaign to ensure no children starved in the UK resulted in the Government changing its policy on free school lunch vouchers due to lock-in.

The 24-year-old said he would give his MBE to his mother Melanie Maynard, who raised him and his four siblings working full-time on a minimum wage.

While Rashford is one of a number of athletes to have accepted an honor from the Company, many disliked an award for its links with the UK’s imperial past, while others felt they were simply not worthy.

European Cup winning footballer Howard Gayle, who was the first black footballer to represent Liverpool, suspended MBE in 2016.

Former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw, who won two World Cups and took part in 148 Tests for New Zealand allegedly suspended a cavalry while he continued to play.

Several other athletes also rejected honors from the royal family.

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