Geri Halliwell Chooses Fans Over Royalty, Releases Bond Tune As B-Side

As Sporty Spice Melanie C's first solo album, "Northern Star," arrives on American shores and stores this week, her former Spice-mate Geri Halliwell has caused a little bit of a stir in the U.K. for being late to a royal reception for The Prince's Trust.

According to the British Press Association, Halliwell got caught up at a London in-store appearance to promote her new single, "Lift Me Up," on Monday. Telling fans that she was an hour late for her appointment at Buckingham Palace, she remained at the in-store in order to meet and greet those who gathered.

Though fashionably late, Halliwell eventually did make it to the Prince Charles-hosted event, which sought to raise support for The Prince's Trust, an organization the Prince of Wales began in 1976 to help young people succeed by providing opportunities they might not otherwise have had.

And even though she wasn't in the running to sing the title track for the upcoming James Bond film "The World Is Not Enough" (a job

that went to Garbage), Halliwell has recorded a version of another Bond tune, "Live And Let Die" (originally performed by Paul McCartney and Wings) as the b-side to her new single, "Lift Me Up."