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Royal patronage of FAW ‘under review’ after reports Princess of Wales would take up role

08 Dec 2022 3 minute read
The Princess of Wales. Picture by Chris Jackson / PA Media.

Phil Blanche, PA

The FAW has confirmed the issue of royal patronage is currently “under review” following the death of the Queen.

It was reported by one media outlet last month that the Princess of Wales could take over the role as FAW patron, but that suggestion was strongly opposed by some Wales fans on social media.

Now the FAW’s Chief Executive Noel Mooney has said that the issue is “under review”.

“We’re always looking to see what’s the right thing for the FAW to do, what’s the right thing for us as a country to do,” he said.

“At the moment we are doing a due diligence on the whole thing, what are the benefits for Welsh football.

“At the same time we don’t want to become an organisation that’s divisive. We want to be an organisation that’s inclusive to everybody.

“We’re very sensitive around these matters, and I think it’s fair to say we showed a lot of respect when the Queen passed away.

“Going forward we have to keep thinking about the evolution of the Association and we will have discussions to see what people’s views are.

“What we must do is make sure we don’t do anything that is divisive and alienates people.

“We are a very broad church and we represent every political and historical spectrum in Cymru, and we must continue to do that.

“We will take our time in 2023 to look at it properly.

“Let’s gauge what’s happening around us, see what other organisations are doing and what is the appetite (to have royal patronage).”

‘Supporting them’

The Royal correspondent of the Daily Express, Richard Palmer, reported last month that the Royals were pushing for the new Princess of Wales to replace the Queen as the new patron.

“That would create the reverse situation to that in rugby union, where William is patron of Welsh rugby and Kate of the English game,” he said.

Richard Palmer said that the Royal move was however designed to “save Prince William’s blushes over his support for England while Prince of Wales”.

William was criticised for being the Prince of one country but backing another after he told England’s World Cup squad “we’re all rooting for you” during a surprise visit to their camp last Monday.

Speaking during a visit to the Senedd last month, Prince William sought to play down the controversy by saying that both football teams would have his full support.

“When I was growing up Wales didn’t get through to the tournaments but I will be supporting them all the way through the process,” he said.

But some Welsh fans had spoken out against the latest gambit which sparked an angry reaction on social media.

Iestyn ap Rhobert said: “If true, this is appalling manoeuvring from the royals and UK state amounting to political interference and will surely spark massive resistance from Y Wal Goch (The Red Wall).”

Meilyr Harris called on the FAW not to “spoil and undo all your recent good work with progressing Cymru and nationality awareness.”

Poppy Lloyd added: “No. Just absolutely no.”


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Arfon Jones
Arfon Jones
1 month ago

No way, we don’t need a patron from the Royal Family.

Riki
Riki
1 month ago
Reply to  Arfon Jones

A Foreign Royal Family! The British Cadet line ended with Glyndwr! And the legitimate line ended with Iestyn Ap Gwrgan.

Owain Morgan
Owain Morgan
1 month ago

We don’t need or want English Royals being patrons of Welsh sporting bodies. William and Kate need to give their Welsh titles, which they have no right to, back and stay out of Cymru!!

Riki
Riki
1 month ago
Reply to  Owain Morgan

Yes! What’s the point in changing the name to Cymru if you’re just going to hand the Patronage to foreign Royals? Oh to be Welsh, what’s the matter with us?!

Riki
Riki
1 month ago

So Wales will hit a new Low then?! What’s the point in officially changing the name Wales to Cymru with FIFA if you’re just going to accept a foreign Royal as Patron? We really do not know when to Quit! Is it any wonder why we are the punch line of every Joke.

Delyth Chappell
Delyth Chappell
1 month ago

Cymru football has no need for payronage, certainly not from the Royals. That would be such a retrograde step

Riki
Riki
1 month ago

My comments are getting deleted again! Anytime I mention how ridiculous it is for us to be acting this way in regards to the English monarchs. My comments go! Guess someone doesn’t like People speaking common sense.

Cynan again
Cynan again
1 month ago
Reply to  Riki

Moderation can be patchy at times. I can still see many of your posts though.

Riki
Riki
1 month ago
Reply to  Cynan again

Ahi I see, thanks for letting me know.

Di enw
Di enw
1 month ago
Reply to  Riki

If this censorship keeps on happening to your (or anyone’s) posts for no other reason than it has a critical but legal opinion of Cymru’s relationship with the monarchy or government then put a post up here. If it keeps happening then I’ll cancel by monthly donations. As it is there are signs that this once excellent site is morphing into WoL.

Mark Mansfield
Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  Di enw

None of the comments have been deleted. A small number have been held for manual moderation and have then been published.

George Thomas
George Thomas
1 month ago

“At the same time we don’t want to become an organisation that’s divisive. We want to be an organisation that’s inclusive….We are a very broad church and we represent every political and historical spectrum in Cymru, and we must continue to do that.” The most important thing is growing our culture and our football nation, ensuring that Wales/Cymru is a welcoming place and ready to be ambitious in ever changing and increasingly challenging world. Hitting people over the head with a rock risks things becoming too inward looking and a culture war which we end up losing; softly challenging, subtly… Read more »

Frank
Frank
1 month ago

Dim diolch.

Frank
Frank
1 month ago

Why don’t these royal parasites do some real work instead of parading around in designer clothes, waving, smiling, seeking out more silly little titles and costing us a bloody fortune. A handful of royal crawlers are probably behind this “patronage” idea who will do their best to manipulate things to make it appear to be popular amongst the “subjects” in their quest for a knighthood.

Geraint
Geraint
1 month ago

They might live to regret pushing the FAW to appoint an English princess to become a patron. Football fans can be very vocal and even the BBC would have great difficulty in silencing the Red Wall if they decided to boo her every time she turned up. Quietly forgetting about it might be the best option after all they royal couple have been the lighting rod for anger about slavery in their latest tour to the Caribbean and things did not go well in Boston last week.

I.Humphrys
I.Humphrys
1 month ago
Reply to  Geraint

Let’s go, Brandon!

SundanceKid
SundanceKid
1 month ago
Reply to  Geraint

I will certainly be booing her.

There is no place for political meddling and propaganda in Welsh football!

Cynan again
Cynan again
1 month ago

No. Please don’t. We don’t want people with no REAL connection to our land taking vo0er patronage. What exactly is being patron FOR?

Riki
Riki
1 month ago
Reply to  Cynan again

It’s clearly so they can be seen as our superiors. And Designed to make it seem as though Wales is an extension of England. Serious Question: is there any other nation who allows a foreign ruler/monarch a title where their sport teams are concerned? So the first thing they (Foreigners) will think when they Think Wales will be an English woman. Totally makes sense!

Llyn
Llyn
1 month ago

FAW could ask Meghan Markle?

Cynan again
Cynan again
1 month ago
Reply to  Llyn

The devil in me loves that idea. Stir the pot

hdavies15
hdavies15
1 month ago
Reply to  Cynan again

Or Harri Bengoch ab Hewitt ? Just to raise the pot to boiling

I.Humphrys
I.Humphrys
1 month ago
Reply to  Llyn

If she uses * Megan * all for it!

WilliamsG
WilliamsG
1 month ago

How to alienate most of the Welsh football supporters and undo all of the patriotism you have built – take a royal from another country, with a title she has no right to (Princess of Wales that is, the other Disneyland titles are their business) and make her patron of your football team. Bad bad move.

Steve A Duggan
Steve A Duggan
1 month ago

Let’s have a Welsh patron. The royal family mean nothing, nada, zilch to Cymru.

Cwm Rhondda
Cwm Rhondda
1 month ago

The FAW won’t go along with this nonsense.

Riki
Riki
1 month ago
Reply to  Cwm Rhondda

Wouldn’t they? An English royal could P**S in our mouths and some Welsh would say thanks…I needed a Drink. That’s how far I think we have fallen as a people. Our self respect as a nation is on currently balancing on Cliff.

Last edited 1 month ago by Riki
SundanceKid
SundanceKid
1 month ago
Reply to  Cwm Rhondda

It’s very clear that they are considering it. If we want our voices heard, we need to make our feelings known to the FAW.

Last edited 1 month ago by SundanceKid
Nia James
Nia James
1 month ago

We are very good at own goals, but this would be the biggest own goal of all time. Keep them in their English palaces and let them have their internecine quarrels. We don’t want them anywhere near our national team.

Hywel
Hywel
1 month ago

I nominate Daf Iwan – he has done more for Football Cymry than all the Royals put together…

David Harking
David Harking
1 month ago

The people in the shadows can make things happen. Look at Prince Andrew, clearly guilty and got off scot-free. Organising this should be a breeze but I have faith in the FAW.

SundanceKid
SundanceKid
1 month ago

Go ahead with this and I and countless others will withdraw our memberships.

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