PRINCE WILLIAM opened up about being left feeling “gutted” at the weekend when he launched his new Heads Up weekends initiative earlier.
Like many football fans across the country, Prince William suffers from the emotional rollercoaster of supporting a Premier League team. And last weekend was no exception, with the future King admitting he was left “gutted” after feeling the heartache of watching Aston Villa crumble during a crucial game against Bournemouth.
Prince William’s side lost 2-1 to Bournemouth in a crucial relegation battle match, and the heartbreaking result seemed to really affect the third-in-line to the throne.
Royal correspondent Emily Andrews tweeted: “William is launching his @heads_together Heads Up weekends in London.
“Was very pleased to meet @AstonVilla John McGinn. I think Wills was commiserating at Villa’s latest score line… ‘gutted’ he grimaced.”
William’s Heads Up Weekends are taking place on February 8 and 9 and February 15 and 16.
Across the two weekends, every football team from across the Premier League, English Football League, The National League, The Barclays Women’s Super League, The FA Women’s Championship and The FA Women’s National League dedicate their matches to Heads Up.
Prince William revealed he was ‘gutted’ (Image: Getty)
The prince spoke about his side, Aston Villa (Image: Richard Palmer/Express)
The events were organised to normalise the discussion of mental health, and have been promoted through the hashtag #KickOffAConversation.
Heads Together has been spearheaded by members of the Royal Family.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as well as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have lent their support over the years.
Prince William said: “We are here today to take a big step in shattering this silence.
Heads Up weekends will promote speaking about mental health (Image: Getty)
“We are going to use one of the most powerful, unifying forces in our society – football – to start the biggest ever conversation on mental health.
Prince William is also the current president of the FA.
The Duke is a lifelong fan of Aston Villa, and the reasons why he chose to support the team are surprising.
In 2015, he told Gary Linekar: “A long time ago at school I got into football big time.
Heads Together is supported by the royal family (Image: Getty)
Mental health is close to the heart of Prince William (Image: Getty)
“I was looking around for clubs.
“All my friends at school were either Man United fans or Chelsea fans and I didn’t want to follow the run-of-the-mill teams.
“I wanted to have a team that was more mid-table that could give me more emotional rollercoaster moments.
“Aston Villa’s always had a great history.”
And it appears the prince may have been a fan of John McGinn for a while.
Prince William’s family tree (Image: Express)
Rangers legend Ally McCoist recounted a conversation he had with Prince William on football in 2018.
Mr McCoist told BT Sport: “I met Prince William on a flight to Aberdeen and he wanted to talk about John McGinn.
“He’s a big Aston Villa fan.
“He did mention John McGinn – the conversation genuinely took place!”
Prince William is also the President of the FA (Image: Getty)
Prince William also got stuck into the fun at the promotional event ahead of the first weekend of his campaign.
The prince immersed himself in a game of table football at the launch.
Andros Townsend of Crystal Palace, Adebayo Akinfenwa of Wycombe Wanders and Fran Kirby of Chelsea all took part in the competitive fun.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK