Robbie Williams was allegedly not named in the 2019 Queen’s birthday honours list because of his previous use of a controversial tax relief scheme.
The former Take That singer was reportedly set to get a nomination for an OBE thanks to his charity work and contributions to the music industry.
But insiders have now claimed that he is the first to fall foul of a new ‘honours blacklist’ for those who have question marks over their finances.
Robbie – along with other names such as Gary Lineker, David and Victoria Beckham, and Ant and Dec – secured tax relief through the scheme ran by finance firm Ingenious.
Reports at the time suggested the combined sum avoided may have been as high as £420m.
It is reported more than 1,000 people invested in the film financing scheme but many of them apparently felt they were wrongly advised.
The scheme was not illegal.
Robbie however challenged Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs over the request to pay back tax and speaking to the Daily Mail, the source alleged ‘they did not like the fact that he had contested the matter’.
‘It came up in discussions about whether to give him an award.’
Robbie’s former Take That bandmate Gary Barlow kept his OBE after he was also hit by similar tax controversy.
He later said it was the ‘stupidest thing I have ever done’.
On Friday 14 June, Robbie admitted he was surprised not to have been named in this year’s honours.
‘Soccer Aid has raised over 30 million – if that hasn’t done it then I don’t know,’ he said on Heart FM.
‘But I won Rear of the Year in 1998 and I’m good for honours after that. After you’ve won Rear of the Year it’s just all downhill.
‘I’m sat on the Rear of the Year from 1998. How good is that?’
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