England’s women’s football team has a royal superfan who might one day grow up to be the first royal to be an international goalie.
Prince William visited The Lionesses – who are all too often more successful than their better-paid male counterparts – at St George’s Park in Burton-on-Trent yesterday, and his daughter Princess Charlotte gave him strict orders to tell the players all about her.
England captain Leah Williamson presented him with three replica England shirts personalised with the names, George Charlotte and Louis.
In this moment, William said: “Charlotte wanted me to tell you that she’s really good in goal.
"She said, ‘Please tell them that' – Budding star for the future!”
After her meeting with the Duke of Cambridge – who is honorary president of the Football Association, Leah told reporter that the royal visit “means a lot to us,” adding that “We’re all very proud to represent England, and therefore representing the prince”.
She said the prince seemed to have a genuine interest in the players and their wellbeing: “How somebody so important can make you feel so comfortable and has a genuine interest in how you are, it says a lot about him I think.”
Speaking to the team in their changing room, Prince William said: “It’s a big tournament coming up for you. It’s exciting and everyone’s looking forward to it.
“You are all trailblazers for women’s sport and women’s football.”
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The prince said that the whole nation would be behind them as they contested the European Championship finals next month – and that he, along with Kate Middleton and their children, would be watching all their games.
He promised that he would “try to come along where I can to give my support”.
“We’re all so proud of you,” he said
England, who are hosting the tournament this year, are drawn against Norway, Austria and Northern Ireland in the initial group games.
The Lionesses have never won the Euros before, but reached the semi-finals in 2017 and the final back in 2009 and 1984.
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