David Beckham tried to use his UNICEF charity work to win a knighthood, explosive emails reveal

DAVID Beckham’s multi-million pound image was shattered last night after damning emails revealed he used charity work as part of a desperate campaign to win a knighthood.

In a series of bombshell leaks, the football legend branded the honours committee “unappreciative c****” and dismissed lower awards, ranting: “Unless it’s a knighthood f*** off.”

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David Beckham. who met with babies and mothers who survived Typhoon Haiyan, wrote that he would have been awarded a knighthood ’10 years ago’ if he was American

As reported by a number of European media outlets, including L’Equipe, the furious star also:

The former England captain turned philanthropist and businessman raged at the failure of officials to make him Sir David and admitted his charitable efforts were a conscious effort to win an honour.

One of his closest advisers even said his work with UNICEF and other good causes had “a halo effect” for the 41-year-old star.

The cache of leaked messages between Beckham, who currently holds an OBE, and his closest aides could see his reputation shattered as it reveals the concerted efforts to win favour from the honours committee and the public.

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Images were handed out to media of Beckham visiting the town of Makeni in a visit to Sierra Leone in 2008 – with it now revealed his work was an effort to be recognised as a knight

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In one explosive email, David Beckham spoke of his disdain for other awards, saying: ‘unless it’s a knighthood f*** off’

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The Beckham brood is said to be worth £500million thanks to their work in the business, fashion and entertainment worldsDavid Beckham speaks of his pride at being a UNICEF Goodwill ambassador

Messages also suggest he forcefully backed the 'stay' campaign in the 2014 Scottish referendum in a bid to appeal to “the establishment” and raise his chances of being rewarded with a gong.

After missing out on a knighthood in 2013, the footballer - who has an estimated networth of £280million - wrote a furious email to his long-time PR man Simon Oliveira, raging that classical star Katherine Jenkins had been handed an OBE writing: “Katherine Jenkins OBE for what? Singing at the rugby and going to see the troops plus taking coke. F***ing joke.”

Jenkins has previously admitted to taking drugs in her past, including cocaine and ecstasy, and confessed “curiosity got the better of me”.

And railing at the honours committee, the organisation who recommend worthy recipients for titles, in December 2013, Beckham also blasted: “They’re a bunch of c**** I expected nothing less. Who decides on the honors?

"It’s a disgrace to be honest and if I was American I would of got something like this ten years ago."

In response, Oliveira wrote to Beckham’s agent and best friend David Gardner: “This gives us even more reason to work this year on Unicef, the armed forces, and other charitable commitments.”

He also advised Becks to “remain positive” in public, and avoid the temptation to direct jibes or critical comments at the committee in public adding: “We need to remain dignified if asked, but if you want me to work up something cutting I will work up one, but my advice is it’s not productive.”

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The football star has been involved with the charity for a number of years, appearing at several events

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Beckham travelled to Swaziland in 2015 as part of work to help HIV-positive children, meeting young Sebenelle as part of the trip to Makhewu

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Beckham admitted in emails that his charitable work was aimed at winning an award

But his efforts hit a road block when HMRC clamped down on the use of the Ingenious scheme used by a host of celebrities, including Beckham, to reduce their tax bill.

The financial loophole involved investing in loss-making companies to offset tax obligations, and officials are said to have been concerned that his involvement was not compatible with him becoming Sir David.

The shocking dossier about the star, considered the golden boy of British sport and an international charitable icon, was obtained by the European Investigative Collaborations network and  Der Spiegel, which were then published yesterday across Europe on respected newspaper websites including  L’Equipe in France and El Mundo in Spain.

Only a week ago the A-lister, married to Spice Girl-turned-fashion designer Victoria Beckham, spoke about his charity work on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs.

The UNICEF ambassador told host Kirsty Young: "It’s not for vanity. I want to get involved, it’s important that I do this."

Last night Oliveria told The Sun the information was "stolen and hacked".

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David Beckham was recently pictured at LAX - with the star's image threatened by the release of emails

David Beckham was also warned from posting a pic of his gold laptop by his advisers - who wanted him to be a "man of the people".

David Beckham became involved with UNICEF in 2005, launching his own fund with the charity in 2015 to help protect children in danger.

He also met with the UK's former Prime Minister David Cameron, calling for more action to help children affected by malnutrition.

As part of his work with the charity, Beckham has visited the Philippines after it was hit by Typhoon Haiyan, as well as visiting South Africa to raise awareness for children living with HIV and AIDS.

The Beckham family are said to have a wealth of more than £500million - equal to that of the Queen.

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New pictures of the soccer ace visiting a village in Swaziland, Africa, were recently shared with media, with Beckham pictured speaking to local children during the trip.

The former Manchester United player recently starred in a new UNICEF campaign that delivered a stark message about violence towards children.

He has previously spoken out about the work he has performed with UNICEF, saying the family did a lot for the humanitarian charity.

His wife, fashion icon Victoria Beckham, has also worked with the United Nations - with her work in fashion earning her a place on the Queen's 2017 Honours list.

But it's not the first time that Beckham's fiery temper has been put on show - The Sun recently revealing that he had a blazing public row in the Maldives with former F1 boss Ron Dennis.

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David Beckham moaned that Katherine Jenkins had been awarded an OBE, saying it was a 'f***ing joke'

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David Beckham first made his name playing football, moving into philanthropy and the business world after his successful career

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Beckham started working with the charity UNICEF in 2005, starting up his own fund about 10 years later

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Simon Oliveira, Beckham's PR manager, was part of the leaked email conversationsDavid Beckham was praised for using his 'powerful voice' to create change for children around the world

Beckham was most recently spotted heading home with his wife Victoria, having partied with model Poppy Delevingne.

He has previously been praised for helping an elderly woman who had collapsed while he was driving through Kensington.

Beckham's confidant Simon Oliveria was recently named as the future manager of One Directioner Liam Payne.

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