Spice Girls want ‘royal wedding gig’
GINGER Spice Geri Horner wants the Spice Girls to launch their comeback by performing at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Horner, 45, who met with her former band mates last week for the first time since 2012, believes their reunion should have a firmly British theme, reports The Sun.
A source close to the group reportedly told The Sun how she believes the royal gig in May would be perfect for them, as Markle is said to be a huge fan.
The former Suits actress, 36, is understood to have related to "Scary Spice" Mel B as a young mixed race girl growing up in Hollywood.
The source told The Sun on Sunday: "Geri suggested the Royal Wedding is a fantastic opportunity, and that they should offer to perform at the reception.
"She has been told that Meghan was a big fan of the Spice Girls.
"But at the moment the girls are not all decided on the topic of performing.
"And surprisingly it is Mel C, not Victoria Beckham, who is refusing to get on stage.
"Despite reports to the contrary, Victoria is now quite proud of the Spice Girls and their achievements. She feels strongly that if they reunite, they will have to perform.
"Mel is not so sure she wants to go down that path and will need some persuasion if they are to sing together again."
Last week's secret get-together, reportedly saw Geri Horner, Mel B, 42, Victoria Beckham, 43, Mel C, 44, and Emma Bunton, 42, swap ideas about their reunion.
Projects discussed during the brainstorm, masterminded by music manager Simon Fuller, included TV shows in Asia, endorsement deals and an album.
It is understood that the girls are also keen to launch a TV format which they can sell worldwide. But they have agreed they will not be going on a world tour.
The source went on: "Simon is really keen for the girls to get involved with these global projects as they carry huge earning potential. The market for the Spice Girls in Asia is massive, and TV projects out there would enable them to make a lot of money out of related merchandise.
"So it looks like it is all systems go for those plans, and there are several other projects still under discussion, and to be considered further.
"But others seem to have been strongly ruled out - for example, a Spice Girls world tour. They have agreed among themselves that probably isn't possible."
The reunion is expected to make each of them £10 million ($18 million).
They are understood to have arranged a follow-up meeting at Fuller's home in Los Angeles. The source added: "There is still a lot to be decided, but the plans are all very exciting.
"This is, after all, the reunion that no one thought would happen."
Mel C, aka Sporty Spice, told Dermot O'Leary on his UK radio they wanted to inspire fans during difficult days.
She explained: "There are so many negative things going on in the world all the time and we feel like the Spice Girls was always a little bit of fun - something to enjoy when it's tough times.
"We now realise some of the impact that we did have on young people at the time, and now we all have kids, there's another generation that enjoy our music. We just want to empower people, we want to empower girls.
"We were talking about opportunities, ideas we have for the future. It's just great to be back in Spiceworld and to see the reaction and it's so lovely to know that people out there still care.
"I think we always shared the same vision so it's really nice to be back and thinking about the future.
"We are really excited to see what the future holds."
The band's debut single Wannabe hit number one in 1996 and they went on to become the biggest-selling girl group - shifting more than 85 million records - before splitting in 2000.
A single, Headlines (Friendship Never Ends) was released in 2007, but a reunion tour had to be cut short due to personal and family commitments.
They performed at the closing ceremony of the London Olympics and that December appeared at the premiere of ill-fated musical Viva Forever!
It was the last time they were seen together, though Horner has stayed close to the rest, despite leaving the group in 1998 due to "depression and differences between the group".
She said in October: "I really pushed to get everyone back together. It got to the point where I had to let it go."
This story was originally published in The Sun and is reprinted with permission.