The Royal Family

Gareth Southgate Reveals How Prince William Consoled England Players

Prince William and Kate Middleton, as well as their eldest child Prince George, were all present at Wembley Stadium on Sunday night as England faced off against Italy in the Euro 2020 final.

Despite the great run that the Three Lions had throughout the whole tournament, unfortunately, they lost to Italy on penalties after extra time. Gareth Southgate, the head coach of the national football team, revealed that Prince William went to console the players in the dressing-room after the game.

On Monday during the press conference, Gareth revealed: “The players are in a really quiet place. The Duke’s been down to see them in the dressing room and has rightly thanked them for what they’ve done.”

What fans have been wondering is if William took George to meet the players as well. The three royals were among the fans at the stadium for the big game, with Prince William being seen comforting his heartbroken son after the final result.

Prince George is a huge football fan, much like his father, having attended multiple games from this Euro tournament. He and his younger sister Charlotte have previously attended their first football match back in 2019, watching Norwich City play Aston Villa, his father’s favourite club. The same year the young prince was pictured in a full England kit for the official photos that were released for his sixth birthday.

In 2020, during an appearance on That Peter Crouch Podcast, Prince William, a huge Aston Villa fan, explained how he wasn’t trying to persuade his son to support the same team, saying: “I’m letting him choose his own way. It’s about finding what fits for him.”

After the game, the Duke of Cambridge also took to Twitter to send a message to the England team, writing: “Heartbreaking. Congratulations @azzurri on a great victory. @England, you’ve all come so far, but sadly this time it wasn’t our day. You can all hold your heads high, and be so proud of yourselves — I know there’s more to come. W.”

On Monday the Prince made another tweet, this time condemning the racist abuse aimed at England players after the final, posting this online: “I am sickened by the racist abuse aimed at England players after last night’s match. It is totally unacceptable that players have to endure this abhorrent behaviour. It must stop now and all those involved should be held accountable. W.”

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