Prince William ‘surprised’ Aston Villa boss Dean Smith with comments ahead of Man Utd game

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Prince William visited Aston Villa’s training ground this week.

The royal is a huge Villa supporter and regularly attended matches prior to the coronavirus pandemic.

Villa boss Smith is hoping that the 38-year-old’s visit to the Midlands will inspire them to take all three points this weekend.

“It was really nice,” Smith said of meeting Prince William. “Our owners invested a lot in the facilities to take us to that next level and we were fortunate that Prince William the Duke of Cambridge came and opened our high performance centre.

“He wore the club colours on the day.

“We know he’s a Villa fan but speaking to him I didn’t know how much of a Villa fan he was.

“He was very knowledgeable of everything that goes on at the club and probably wanted the photos of the players as much as we wanted a photo with him.

“It’s a great thing for the club to have that royal seal of approval.”

Prince William also paid a touching tribute to Smith’s father, Ron Smith, who passed away with Covid aged 79 last year.

“He made a really touching tribute to my dad which I didn’t expect,” added Smith.

“I was surprised but really honoured, as were my family who saw the presentation and very nice words from him which I thanked him for.”

Villa are hoping to beat United at home in the Premier League for the first time in 1985.

“It has been too long,” explained Smith.

“It shows the success Manchester United have had under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Prince William gave a speech to the Aston Villa squad after opening their new training facility (Image: GETTY)
Prince William gave a speech to the Aston Villa squad after opening their new training facility (Image: GETTY)

Prince William gave a speech to the Aston Villa squad after opening their new training facility (Image: GETTY)

“But it also shows we need to be doing better. I expect a really good game.

“They are second in the league on merit ,have had a really good season and just reached the Europa League final as well.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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