PRINCE WILLIAM expressed his “pride” for the Welsh rugby national team in a rare personal and moving message after the team lost against South Africa.
Prince William sent a message to the Welsh rugby team (Image GETTY PA)
The Duke of Cambridge congratulated the Welsh Rugby Union on its “heroic” performance against South Africa at today’s World Cup semi-final match. Prince William, who is the president of the Welsh national rugby union team and a keen fan of the sport, sent his sympathy to the team after it lost 16 – 19.
In a rare message, William wrote on Twitter, via the Kensington Palace account: “A Heroic performance @WelshRugbyUnion, unfortunately this time it wasn’t meant to be.”
The Duke of Cambridge then addressed Alun Wyn Jones, the current captain of the Wales national team.
He said: “@AlunWynJones – brilliant leadership as ever.
“You can all hold your heads high from an incredible tournament, we’re all so proud of you.”
Prince Harry and Prince William attending the England v Wales match during the Rugby World Cup 2015 (Image GETTY)
Prince William signed off the tweet with a ‘W’ (Image TWITTER)
The prince signed off the message with a “W”, signalling he personally wrote the tweet.
The heartfelt message was welcomed by both royal and rugby fans.
One wrote, adding a clapping emoji: “Great Post @KensingtonRoyal to @WelshRugbyUnion”.
Prince William playing rugby during a visit to Paris in 2017 (Image GETTY)
Another simply said: “Agree, well done!”
And a third followed the lead of Prince William, praising the team saying: “Wales, you did so good!!”
On October 20, Kensington Palace celebrated the Welsh rugby team conquering a place in the semi-finals with another tweet – this time not signed by Prince William.
Royal and sport fans welcomed Prince William’s tweet (Image TWITTER)
Prince William during the royal tour to New Zealand (Image GETTY)
The message read: “A fantastic turnaround @WelshRugbyUnion – congratulations on reaching the #RWC2019 semi-finals! #WALvFRA”
Prince William became the patron of the Welsh Rugby Union in December 2016, taking over the role from the Queen.
The defeat of the Welsh team means England, who won yesterday in the semi-final match against New Zealand, won’t face Wales in the final but South Africa.
Following England’s triumph, Prince Harry, who was appointed patron of England Rugby Football Union in 2017, will likely travel to Japan to watch the final, Daily Express royal correspondent Richard Palmer said.
Prince William’s family tree (Image: EXPRESS)
He wrote on Twitter: “Absolutely brilliant rugby World Cup semi-final victory for England over the reigning champions New Zealand.
“It will be surprising if Prince Harry, patron of the RFU does not go to the final in Japan next weekend.”
The Welsh national rugby team received the support of Prince Charles ahead of today’s match.
The Prince of Wales paid a visit to the team earlier this week, while he was undertaking an official visit to Japan to witness the historic enthronement of Emperor Naruhito.
Prince Charle met the Welsh rugby team during his visit to Japan (Image GETTY)
Looking delighted to meet the players, the Prince of Wales received a signed jersey from the squad and presented Owen Lane with his Rugby World Cup cap.
The Prince of Wales has been Honorary Patron of the Llandovery Rugby Football club since 2009 and Patron of The London Welsh Rugby Football Club since 1985.
The World Cup final will be played next week, on November 2.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK