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It’s hard being an England fan, says Prince of Wales

07 Nov 2022 3 minute read
Prince William celebrates England’s first goal against Germany at Wembly in the Euros (Image: BBC)

It’s hard being an England fan, the Prince of Wales has said, because his hopes are continually dashed.

Prince William said that he found the disappointment of being an England fan hard to handle as the euphoria came “crashing down” following the inevitable defeat.

But he described his fellow England supporters as a “family within a family”.

William was taking part in a special episode of Games of Fives, an online discussion show about fan culture, alongside England captain Harry Kane and midfielder Declan Rice.

Speaking of being an England fan, the Prince of Wales said: “You learn by playing a number of times, and many other things in life, that disappointment is part of life.

“How you handle it is crucial. Handling some of those really disappointing England results in the past, that was hard. The same euphoria that we had good comes crashing down and whittles away.

“Suddenly normal life just gets back on again and it’s like, where did that all go? Was that real? How do I get that feeling back? Football has that ability to just put it all on a plate for you and then suddenly just take it all away and go until next time….”

The Prince of Wales said that supporting England had been part of his formative experiences.

“Quite a strong memory of early days was donning an England shirt and going down the pub with my mates and watching England play in big tournaments,” he said.

“When Wayne Rooney appeared on scene, that was a big moment for me growing up.

“There was something very powerful, really interesting about how Wayne played and the steel he brought to the England team.”

‘Busy’

Prince William has previously confirmed that he was too busy to go to Qatar to support either Wales or England at the World Cup.

Despite being the Prince of Wales and president of the English FA his household said that his diary was too full to attend.

However, they said that his office may look at making arrangements if England manager Gareth Southgate’s team reach the final.

His presence could have drawn criticism over Qatar’s human rights record and criminalisation of LGBTQ+ relationships. His absence will also avoid raising the awkward issue of whether he is there to support Wales or England, who are playing each other on 29 November in Group B.

A Kensington Palace spokesman said the prince had no plans to attend the World Cup, which begins on November 20, adding “we hadn’t planned to go due to the busy winter schedule”.

He and the Princess of Wales do have a number of engagements throughout the World Cup, including a flight to Boston, USA to hand out the Earthshot Prize on December 2.

He supported the England women’s team during their victorious run in the Euro 2022 tournament and presented the players with their winning medals after they beat Germany in the final at Wembley.


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Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
29 days ago

Oh dear. I wonder what he and his Dad were thinking in 2016 as they kicked around the Prince of Wales title amongst themselves tamping mad that Wales made the Euros semi finals whilst the England team were sneaking back in quietly via Luton airport after their Iceland debacle.

Y Tywysog Lloegr a Moscow
Y Tywysog Lloegr a Moscow
29 days ago

Imagine how difficult it is to have a foreign prince foisted on your nation as a deliberate, calculated insult, who clearly doesn’t give the slightest stuff about your nation, it’s people or it’s culture, whose every cringeworthy activity and stupid pronouncement is associated unfairly with your homeland

David Zenati-Parsons
David Zenati-Parsons
29 days ago

well said

Glen
Glen
29 days ago

Englishman supporting England, quelle surprise.

Frank
Frank
29 days ago

It’s really tough being a Prince.

The original mark
The original mark
29 days ago

My heart bleeds, 🤮

Gruff Williams
Gruff Williams
29 days ago

My heart is literally bleeding for our Prince. I shan’t sleep tonight with the worry.

notimejeff
notimejeff
29 days ago

Will he wear his England shirt at his investiture?

Howell williams
29 days ago
Reply to  notimejeff

It’s OK being an Englishman who is an English football fan.
What is totally off the wall is an English man being the prince of Wales.
I hope he does himself a favor stay home.

Karl
Karl
24 days ago

Typical English football fan, the arrogance of expectation of thinking they should win. Try being humble and enjoying the game one at a time. And taking in the moment. And while doing that stop playing dress up with an imperial title as if we are serfs.

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