Prince William could find himself in an awkward predicament now he is the Prince of Wales.
The monarch inherited King Charles III’s previous title of ‘Prince of Wales’ when Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II passed away. The Prince recently expressed his “deep affection” for Wales in his first statement since taking on his father’s previous role.
However, this could lead to an uncomfortable conflict of interests in regard to the World Cup. England and Wales have not only both qualified for November’s tournament in Qatar, but they will face each other in the group stages of the competition.
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Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions and Robert Page’s Dragons were both drawn together in Group B. In fact, the two home nations will face off in their final fixtures of the group, in a game which could very well send one or the other home.
The sight of His Royal Highness and his son Prince George celebrating in the stands was an iconic image throughout England’s run to the Euro 2020 final. However, this picture of joy may become a very rare occurrence.
Given his new responsibilities to Wales, the sight of the Prince celebrating an England goal, particularly against Wales, could be a problem for the 40-year-old. Nevertheless, the FA have received no indication that he will soon relinquish his position as the governing body’s President.
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It is currently unclear as to whether the Prince is, or was, planning on attending any of England’s World Cup fixtures in Qatar. However, if he is to remain at the heart of the FA, it will not be the first time his Royal Highness has found himself at patriotic odds.
He is currently the patron of the Welsh Rugby Union and has always supported Wales. However, there is little doubt that the Royal has always been an England fan.
William will likely watch England face Italy at the San Siro in what will be a pivotal clash for the Three Lions’ Nations League hopes.
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