Kate and William speak of Wales’ ‘heart and pride’ after heartbreak

Prince William and Kate in 'tricky' title position says Palmer

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Prince William and Kate, the Prince and Princess of Wales, paid tribute to the Welsh football team after it failed to qualify to the round of 16 as it was defeated by England 3 – 0 on Tuesday evening. Kensington Royal, the official Twitter account of the Prince and Princess, tweeted after the match: “@Cymru, be very proud. First World Cup since ’58. This tournament you’ve played with heart and pride. Looking forward to seeing you at Euro 2024!”

This message, which was also shared in Welsh, was not followed by a congratulatory tweet for the winning England team.

Shortly before the match began, Kate and William wished good luck to both teams.

They wrote, both in English and Welsh: “Here we go…may the best team win!”

By winning, England headed smoothly through the round of 16, with its next match set to be against Senegal on December 4.

The US team, which had faced both Wales and England earlier in the World Cup, also qualified for the next round of matches after it won on Tuesday 1 – 0 against Iran.

Kate and William’s message to Wales came a few days after the Prince remained engulfed in a row sparked by his attendance at a special send off to England players at St George’s Park, during which he handed them their shirts and numbers before their departure for Doha.

The fact he carried out a similar event while bearing the title of Prince of Wales ignited a heated debate on social media, which also saw Welsh actor Michael Sheen weigh in.

He wrote: “He can, of course, support whoever he likes and as President of FA his role makes visit understandable – but surely he sees holding the title Prince of Wales at same time is entirely inappropriate? Not a shred of embarrassment? Or sensitivity to the problem here? #PrinceofWales”.

The following day, while he was visiting the Senedd – the Welsh Parliament in Cardiff – William said he was cheering for both teams – but admitted he had grown up backing England in football and Wales when it comes to rugby.

Without explicitly mentioning Mr Sheen or the controversy exploded online, the royal told his Welsh hosts: “I’m telling everyone I’m supporting both, definitely. I can’t lose. I’ve supported England since I’ve been quite small. But I support Welsh rugby and that’s my way of doing it.

“I happily support Wales over England in the rugby so… I’ve got to be able to play carefully with my affiliations.

“I worry otherwise if I suddenly drop England to support Wales then that doesn’t look right for the sport either. So I can’t do that… An England v Wales World Cup final would be the best, that would be pretty good.” 

Despite being President of the Football Association (FA), Prince William did not head to Qatar to watch World Cup matches in person due to his “busy winter schedule”.

Indeed, the Prince and Princess of Wales will be very busy over the next few days, as they are visiting Boston.

Their first visit to the US since 2014 will feature engagements focusing on the cornerstones of the two royals’ work: the environment, supporting vulnerable young people and the early years.

The three-day visit will culminate in the second award ceremony of the Earthshot Prize on Friday – a decade-long initiative launched by William in October 2020 to launch and grow solutions to the planet’s most pressing issues.

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