Prince William and Kate ‘got a tricky one’ as new titles clash with prominent roles


The Prince and Princess of Wales have been placed in a tricky predicament with the upcoming World Cup as the couple has been questioned over which country they plan to support in the tournament.

Both royal figures hold notable sporting patronages, and Prince William is President of the Football Association. Having only been Prince and Princess of Wales since September, the couple could face fierce scrutiny if they fail to exhibit the strong sense of patriotism so often associated with Wales.

Daily Express royal correspondent Richard Palmer warned the couple could face a “real problem” over their allegiances in the upcoming competition.

He said: “[William] is Prince of Wales, Kate is Princess of Wales, but also they are patrons of English sporting governing bodies and the national sides, in effect.

“In Wales in particular, I think it is fair to say Welsh nationalists and Plaid Cymru supporters have seized on this.

“He is patron of the Welsh rugby union and Kate’s patronages include the English rugby union and the rugby football league as well, so it is a tricky one for them.”

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The Prince and Princess of Wales face a clash between their royal titles and their patronages (Image: GETTY)

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Kate and William have held their new titles since September (Image: GETTY)

The conflict of sporting interests was highlighted during a royal visit to Wales earlier this week.

Prince William visited Senedd Cymru, the Welsh Parliament, for the first time since becoming Prince of Wales.

Mr Palmer added: “It was brought up in a sort of light-hearted manner by Elin Jones, the Presiding Officer, and he handled it quite well actually.”

In response to the difficult question of who he might support, Prince William said: “I’m telling everyone I’m supporting both, definitely. I can’t lose.”

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Prince William is President of the FA (Image: GETTY)

He explained: “When I was growing up, Wales didn’t get through to the tournaments so I had to make a choice.”

This year will mark the first time Wales has qualified for the World Cup since 1958.

Prince William added: “I’ve got to be able to play carefully with my affiliations because I worry otherwise if I suddenly drop England to support Wales then that doesn’t look right for the sport either – so, I can’t do that.”

Mr Palmer indicated the Prince had concerns that a sudden switch in allegiance to the Welsh team would appear “fake”.

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Richard Palmer suggested a switch in team support could appear ‘fake’ (Image: GETTY)

Mr Palmer said: “He did do the diplomatic thing and said he would be cheering for both teams – which I don’t think is very authentic and may get him into more trouble.”

He added: “He is in a slightly difficult position, I don’t know how it can be resolved. He can’t really be supporting both teams.”

Royal Round Up host Pandora Forsyth highlighted the fact that Prince William has met the England football team, but is yet to meet the Welsh squad. She added: “So, I mean it’s blindingly obvious who he really supports.”

Mr Palmer added: “Perhaps they should have thought about this and he should have gone to meet the Welsh team as well.”


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