Prince William has come under fire after condemning the racist abuse directed at English players – with royal fans asking why he didn’t publicly defend Meghan Markle.
Following England’s heartbreaking defeat to Italy, Marcus Rashford, Jordan Sancho and Bukayo Saka were subjected to vile racist taunts.
The Duke of Cambridge said he was “sickened” by the comments and called for those responsible to be “held accountable”.
However, other social media users were unmoved by the statement.
One Twitter user responded: “You have the ability to condemn racism – not just in soccer – but when it's directed at your own family members.
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“Please use that power. It would speak volumes.”
Another added: “Now one for your sister-in-law. We’ll wait…”
A third simply said: “Good. Now do that for Meghan Markle."
However, others praised William for his statement and leapt to the duke’s defence.
One posted: “You are the most exemplary family I know. Keep on doing everything right.”
Another user said: “Thanks for this tweet, it's important you stand up for them. Little George was super cute.”
During her interview with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan claimed that a senior royal had expressed concerns about how dark Archie’s skin would be.
William was the first royal to publicly comment on the allegations, insisting that the royals were “very much not a racist family”.
The Queen later issued a statement, calling the issues “concerning”.
However, Her Majesty also said that “some recollections may vary”.
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Royal author Omid Scobie claimed the Queen “cast doubts on Harry and Meghan's version of events but didn't denounce racism in any way whatsoever”, the Daily Mail reported.
He said: “Even when William said we are not a racist family, they didn't condemn racism in any form whatsoever.
“We do not see the Royal Family ever do that.”
Along with the allegations of racism, Meghan also claimed she was refused help after revealing she had been suffering from suicidal thoughts.
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Husband Prince Harry returned to the UK earlier this month for the first time since Prince Philip’s funeral.
He and William unveiled a statue in of Princess Diana in the grounds of Kensington Palace, on what would have been her 60th birthday.
A source afterwards told US Weekly: "William and Harry spent the morning before the statue unveiling looking through old keepsakes, notes from Diana and bonding.
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“They have absolutely turned a new page in their relationship and have started the healing.
“Everyone around them was thrilled to see how close they were on the day of the statue unveiling.”
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