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The Prince of Wales’ vocal support for the England football team highlights the absurdity of his title

15 Nov 2022 4 minute read
The Prince of Wales talking to Jack Grealish of England at St George’s Park in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire. Picture by Eddie Keogh/The FA

Llinos Dafydd

A question: How many nations at the World Cup will have a person who holds the title of their leader who isn’t supporting them in the competition?

How many nations in the World Cup will have a person who is supposed to be representing them around the world who is supporting one of their rivals in the group stage?

This is the absurd position Wales now finds itself in, highlighted by headlines such as Prince of Wales tells England football team ‘the country is behind you’.

There is nothing wrong with Prince William, an Englishman who has supported England all his life, backing his team.

The absurdity is that he’s doing it while holding the Prince of Wales title. It’s rather embarrassing to Wales as a nation, after reaching the World Cup for the first time in 64 years, to have to stomach this.

Furthermore, he seems to have gone out of his way to highlight his support for the English team, when he could have realised the delicacy of the situation and stayed away.

There are two possibilities here – either the Prince of Wales and those around him don’t care about how this looks, or that he just doesn’t know Wales well enough to know how it will go down here.

Both of which call into question whether it’s appropriate for him to be Prince of Wales at all.

Joke

I suppose that there is a third option that is slightly more generous to William, which is that he wasn’t in a position to refuse either title – President of the FA or Prince of Wales – without causing a stink.

After all, it can be questioned how much agency members of the Royal Family really have. They can push to highlight their own interests and passions but they are largely figureheads who hold their titles in exchange for going and doing what is required of them.

But even then Prince William and his household could have been a little bit more tactful in how they go about supporting the England football team.

Saying ‘the whole country is behind you’ and ‘we’re all rooting for you’ when they are in just two weeks playing the team that he’s supposed to be the Prince of would, you would think, be a big no-no.

How difficult would it be to make light of the situation and crack a joke about the fact that he would be staying neutral on the topic of their playing Wales?

Sensitivity

It is worth remembering that this all comes at the tail end of a rather sensitive period in which the handover of the title of the Prince of Wales was handled rather clumsily and annoyed very many.

The decision was made by the King at great haste and without informing the democratically elected leader of Wales, the First Minister.

It comes after that same new King was booed on arrival in Wales and the local authority of part of Wales, Gwynedd, has voted not to recognise the title of Prince of Wales at all.

You would think that, under these circumstances, the Royals’ very impressive PR machine could demonstrate some sensitivity on such an important occasion for Wales?

But at the end of the day, it is the people of Wales themselves who continue to support this rather absurd state of affairs.

And while that continues, nothing else will change. The Royal Family can’t grow a spine for us.


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Glen
Glen
20 days ago

It would be even more embarrassing to have him patronising Cymru.

Y Tywysog Lloegr a Moscow
Y Tywysog Lloegr a Moscow
20 days ago
Reply to  Glen

An excellent article. As you say it’s a reasonable proposition that Willy Windsock is able to support his home nation. He doesn’t want to represent us and we don’t want him to represent us.
So let’s make everyone happy apart from the genuflecting lickspittles in Mons and the Vale

Bill of Wales
Bill of Wales
20 days ago

Llinos highlights the “absurdity” of it all.

He is supporting English players, so Cymru gets the trickle down here as half of its national team is English.

England plugging the deficit as usual.

You’re welcome.

George Thomas
George Thomas
20 days ago
Reply to  Glen

There has been a lot of talk about them re-defining the role (Prince/Princess of Wales) so the obvious best step would be to not play such a prominent role in either camp this time. Let the dust settle and work out what to do next. I have said I don’t like how many articles there are about William and Kate on this site but in this context – a mockery of the “lets modernise the role” message they have presented so far – I think it’s right to have an article and criticism. He’s not my prince, we’re not his… Read more »

George Atkinson
George Atkinson
20 days ago

I don’t want the inbred moron anywhere near our national team and i’m guessing the players think the same when they invited Dafydd Iwan and Michael Sheen instead of him.

Pascal Lafargue
Pascal Lafargue
20 days ago

It is surprising to see how these 3 little words, ‘Prince of Wales’, can have such devastating effects, especially abroad. I remember seing in the news, when Prince Charles went to Pakistan just before the first war of Irak, an angry mob with signs saying ‘Prince of WALES not welcome’… I guess it would not have been good to tell them you were Welsh back then…
But also, still abroad, these 3 words work as a perfect (but dishonest) sillogism: William is English, William is Prince of Wales, so Wales is England. That’s a clever propaganda.

I.Humphrys
I.Humphrys
20 days ago

Okay, even I will have to admit we can’t have this. As soon as he recieved the title, it should have been full-on for Cymru. Rob and Ryan are the type of guys we need.

Steve A Duggan
Steve A Duggan
20 days ago

Ultimately, until independence, what is needed is for the Senedd to announce it no longer recognises the Prince of Wales title. Undoubtedly, it wouldn’t change much, Westminster and the Royal family care little about how we think or feel, but it would still send a message – enough of this humiliation, it must end. When it is ignored – it’ll be more ammunition for us in the independence movement.

Frank
Frank
20 days ago

What a silly billy.

JKLWMS Thomas
JKLWMS Thomas
20 days ago

Hope this makes you stronger on the night boys- no better way to demonstrate two fingers than by beating his favoured team.

Frank
Frank
20 days ago

No more ‘royal’, lol, invites to any of them to Welsh rugby or football events. Just block them out. We don’t need false english support.

Eifion
20 days ago
Reply to  Frank

Croeso mawr fydd o yn ei gael eto .hen Wil y byrgyr

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
20 days ago

Thank you for this article. We need to use this example well beyond the tournament to demand this insult title is dropped oh and if there is a repeat of 2016 and Wales are still in the tournament after England have flown home, I trust he will remain as silent with his non support of our nation as he has been so far.

David Charles pearn
David Charles pearn
20 days ago

Just let him be Prince of England, he’s not too bothered about cymru.

Ernie The Smallholder
Ernie The Smallholder
20 days ago

Two jobs:
1, President of the English FA
2, Prince of Wales.

The two jobs are incompatible and can be held by the same person.
He must resign from one of those.

Since, he has always supported England, Is he now going to switch support to
the national team in which he is Prince?

If no, He should resign as Prince of Wales.

Riki
Riki
20 days ago

What’s more absurd is the fact that the union flag will be called British by the world’s media while they are playing the actual British people, who are now called the Welsh.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
20 days ago

The titles Prince & Princess of Wales should be abolished.. What will it take for the Welsh people to wake up to this ongoing insult. 😤

Riki
Riki
18 days ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

Tanks down the M4 would be my Guess. The Cymro won’t wake up for Anything short of that. Sad I know!

Last edited 18 days ago by Riki
SundanceKid
SundanceKid
18 days ago
Reply to  Riki

Keep the faith! We are all waking up, albeit slowly!

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