Prince William visited his favorite football club & opened their new gym

Britain's Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, unveils a plaque, during a visit to Aston Villa

I was surprised to see how much “credit” Prince William got for taking part in the social media boycott started by British footballers this past weekend. William’s boycott got widespread coverage in the American and British media. What was weird was that… he didn’t even really boycott. He and Kate gave Charlotte’s birthday portrait to the Buckingham Palace social media team to post online, which is not adhering to the spirit of a boycott. If it hadn’t been Charlotte’s birthday, I’m not even sure anyone would have noticed William’s boycott anyway – it’s not like the Kensington Palace team posts a lot on weekends anyway. In any case, now that the boycott is over, William was ready to work! And by that we mean he visited his favorite football team and “listened” as people explained their charitable efforts. I’m sure William nodded a few times and pointed at things.

Prince William is seeing firsthand how his favorite soccer team is helping their local community amid the coronavirus pandemic. The royal stepped out on Tuesday in the West Midlands, visiting the Aston Villa High Performance Centre to hear about the club’s community outreach and support initiatives through the Aston VillaFoundation. Prince William, who is a longtime Aston Villa fan, met a number of the club’s players, many of whom have been actively involved in supporting the work of the Aston Villa Foundation’s projects.

Over the weekend, Prince William joined a four-day social media boycott organized by England’s high-profile soccer clubs and their players. The boycott hoped to encourage social media companies to take stronger action against racist and sexist abuse online.

During his visit, William met representatives from several projects including Villa Kitchen, a project which sees the kitchens at the soccer stadium produce approximately 1,000 hot meals a week which are then donated to local groups in need. He also heard about the clinics that began operating in March 2020 due to the pandemic. The Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust worked with the club to equip six hospitality boxes to provide consultation rooms for local expectant and new mothers, delivered by a team of community midwives. After one year, the midwifery team see up to 60 patients a day at the stadium.

Prince William also formally opened the new High Performance Centre. The Centre has been designed to assist the athletes to become the best they can be, providing access to high quality facilities specifically designed for elite performance.

[From People]

The Aston Villa organization sounds amazing and like they’re doing tons of great work in their community. Meanwhile… did you hear that William boycotted social media? Did you hear that it was his anniversary last week? Did you hear that he’s still incandescent with rage at his brother? What I’m saying is that William doesn’t have a lot going on and it’s becoming more and more noticeable. How many times can they ring the “preparing to be king” bell? Dude is just shy of his 39th birthday and all he’s got going on, work-wise, is stuff like this. Where he’s opening gyms and listening to people talk about THEIR work.

Britain's Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, unveils a plaque, during a visit to Aston Villa

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  1. Cessily says:

    I confess, I saw the video and almost fell out of my chair laughing.. good to see that the future of the Monarchy is not in jeopardy with all hard work PW is doing.. the mini curtains were my favorite.

    • (The OG) Jan90067 says:

      It really IS mind-boggling to think that at his age, he has started NOTHING, has NO ACHIEVEMENT to his *own* name, and he has not ONE OUNCE of shame about it (he even boasts that he and his lazy wife will do even LESS once they “take over” the job).

      Meanwhile, as much as I don’t like Charles, at least he started TPT, that helps thousands, as well as doing the tours and the B&B stops. Harry, by age 19 started Sentable, and then Invictus. He did the trek to the Antartica with wounded vets, and continues to help others ( even here, delivering Meals on Wheels, packing and handing out school supplies to kids).

      And yet, TOB has NO SHAME that he has done NOTHING similar to what his father and his brother have accomplished.

    • PEARL GREY says:

      Bulliam looks tanned. Perhaps he found time out of his busy curtain-opening schedule to go on an anniversary holiday with Kate?

    • Virginia says:

      I saw his face and l can tell is a face of a person who drinks a lot! Trust me he is an alcoholic.

  2. TheOriginalMia says:

    Harry works to provide vaccines to countries with less access to them & TOB hangs with footballers and discusses their charitable efforts. TOB is so ready to leapfrog his father to the throne. I mean…he boycotted social media, except for posting Char’s photo on another SM acct, while spending a good bit of time in the sun last week. He’s soooo busy, y’all!

  3. Noki says:

    Him and Katie Keen love doing those animated hand gestures,i wonder if its just that it gets captured to look like they are so engaged and actually interested in an intellectual exchange.

    • Harper says:

      Those hand gestures bug the heck out of me. TOB and Keen have the exact same hand movements and, if you notice, they are the only ones in the conversation that do that. It makes me think that they were coached together on their poor body language at these events and they complained, “But what do we do with our hands?” So the coach recommended using these animated gestures as a way to show enthusiasm or to aid in expressing themselves. It looks truly dorky at this point.

      • Ania says:

        I had an uncle who „talked with his hands” too. We were always laughing that today he talked so much his hands hurt.

      • Becks1 says:

        I talk with my hands constantly, I don’t know if its nervous energy or what, so I don’t blame them for that in itself, but their hand motions are so similar that it does make me think they were coached.

      • Feeshalori says:

        I’m Italian and use my hands quite a lot, otherwise I’d be speechless!

      • Lucky Charm says:

        I literally can NOT talk without using my hands! I was an expert at social distancing long before COVID, because if anyone came within arms reach of me while I was talking they risked getting hit by my hands lol. I find it impossible to describe something while sitting on my hands, which I’ve often been forced to do while playing board games, just so that I don’t give away clues/the answer. And I’m not even Italian. 🙂

      • Harper says:

        I am sure all the CB hand talkers are using your hands as an authentic part of your body language in your own unique ways! But to me, TOB & KEEN’s movements look like stage direction: “OK, now, tilt your head and look interested. Then return head to an upright position and clasp hands in front of you while listening. Whilst speaking, if it does not feel natural to continue to hold your hands in front of you, then extend your arms and curl your fingers as if you are weighing two melons and move them in an up and down or circular motion, pausing occasionally for impact”.

      • NightOwl says:

        @Harper, I just tried your weighing-two-melons gesture! So funny!

      • Becks1 says:

        @NightOwl I’m doing it now too LOL and I think Harper is on to something, bc that’s definitely how the Cambridges move their hands haha.

      • Feeshalori says:

        Taking the melon position and expanding on it, join your fingers together and fold them inwards toward your thumbs and touch them, and shake your hands at the other person in an up-and-down gesture. It loosely means “what are you saying!?” in a disbelieving manner with an incredulous expression on your face. Greatly used in highly emotive Italian conversations. Good to use with the Cambridges too!

  4. Courtney B says:

    It’s at least the type of bread and butter engagements he should be doing. Now he just needs to add about 559 more of them to be up there with Anne. And, yes, this place sounds amazing.

    • Cecilia says:

      Its funny because with talks of slimming down the monarchy they are also talking about slimming down the amount of engagements. I wonder how the British taxpayers will feel about funding a family in exchange for “service” when that service becomes noticeably less

      • JT says:

        They need to cut expenses too. There is no need for all of that funding for a handful of royals and hardly any work. But they’ve already got plans for all three Cambridge kids to be full time working royals because they are stupid and greedy.

      • Cecilia says:

        @JT. That. But i also think that they quite frankly don’t have a choice. Interest in william & kate is dying out, especially among the younger generation. The only fun/ interesting part about them is the kids. And they are going to need them to keep the monarchy in favor.

        And im sorry to say but nobody is checking for sophie. William Harry and kate all got a relatively long time to enjoy their “youth” before starting royal duties. Im afraid the Cambridge kids won’t have that option.

      • UnionSnack says:

        Great point. Windsors are millionairs themselves but still want taxpayers money for living.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        “And im sorry to say but nobody is checking for sophie.”

        Which really bothers me. I know Anne can be a bitch and Sophie has a reputation for being “sorta” of a snob but these women get off their butts and work doing all the bread-and-bitter stuff that no other Royals (Charles excepted) seem to want to do.

    • Lizzie says:

      I agree. Is this the crisis managers work? Have they gotten him off his lazy behind finally? This is what he should have been doing and frankly all he is really capable of doing.

    • Andrew’s Nemesis says:

      In William’s case, it’s ‘bread and bitter’.

      • Red Snapper says:

        If William were smart he would be out doing this stuff five days a week. Alas. He is thick as two planks.

      • L84Tea says:

        I think you just came up with the perfect duo name for W&K. Because they are both bland as white bread and bitter as lemons.

      • JT says:

        @Cecilia But going by their parents example, the Cambridge kids might not that exciting either. I really don’t want to say this, but how prepared are George, Charlotte, and Louis going to be for their roles with parents like Bread and Bitter? They are 40 and still they aren’t full time royals. They’ve been putting off work for a decade, 2 if we’re counting Kate’s pre royal life, and have been easing the public into expecting even less work. They can’t teach their children about hard work, dedication, diligence, or public speaking. It’s going to be difficult for G, C, and L to know the roles. Here’s hoping they are allowed to develop a personality because that is all they will have.

      • Nic919 says:

        @JT seeing as how much Charles and Diana had a work ethic but it didn’t stick to William, I don’t hold out much hope for their kids.

  5. Becks1 says:

    I feel like someone at KP has realized that in order to get these two to work, you have to tie everything into their interests. So they have to make it about football in order to get William to show up.

    • Monica says:

      They need to find some jewelry and button charities for Kate.

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        She could start one and call it Chotchkie’s. Expressing herself with flair is one thing that seems to come naturally for her and she easily exceeds the bare minimum.

    • Nina says:

      These people are exhausting. This event just highlighted once again that the RF is way past its expiration date. I don’t understand how the British public is still prepared to fund this farce in the 21st century.

  6. Cecilia says:

    “Prince William is seeing firsthand how his favorite soccer team is helping their local community amid the coronavirus pandemic. The royal stepped out on Tuesday in the West Midlands, visiting the Aston Villa High Performance Centre to hear about the club’s community outreach and support initiatives through the Aston VillaFoundation. Prince William, who is a longtime Aston Villa fan, met a number of the club’s players, many of whom have been actively involved in supporting the work of the Aston Villa Foundation’s projects.”

    Okay how exactly is this going to help aston villa? I keep seeing the royals do these type of engagements where they listen to how other charities help the community and then thats it. Did he offer them additional funds? Did he ask them what else was urgently needed in the community? If so is he going to launch a project with them. This counts as an engagement but its not actual work. Did you guys also noticed that environmentalist William came by helicopter?

    • Over it says:

      Why would he, just like his wife he is a show pony.

    • Royalwatcher says:

      It won’t help Aston Villa. He contributed nothing. It was just yet another excuse for TOB to get to meet the players.

      • Nina says:

        I bet quite a few of the players looked at him and thought what a douchebag. Idiot trying to get with what he regards as the in-crowd.

  7. Over it says:

    William looks sunburned, I will venture a guess he didn’t boycott social media because of racism in football but to use it as an excuse to jet off to an island for a long long weekend.

    • TheOriginalMia says:

      Yep. He was on vacation.

    • swirlmamad says:

      Ha — good catch and probably exactly what happened! They went away for Charlotte’s birthday.

    • Midge says:

      I’m guessing they didn’t fly budget jet since as we know, ten million photos would exist if they did.

    • Becks1 says:

      I think you’re completely right, he looks a lot more sunburnt than he looked last week in the anniversary pictures and at the sheep farm. I bet they did go somewhere warm for Charlotte’s bday.

  8. ThatgirlThere says:

    OMG you guys! He works so hard for the peoples. How do he and Keen get it all done?

  9. ABritGuest says:

    Bill should just do more of this type of visit. The bar is on the floor for the royals but still just get out there more.

    And Cecilia good point. I quite liked Meghan asking at the end of zooms if there was anything the org needed from her& harry, more support they can provide. Probably a good opportunity for the org to tell the viewing public actually could use eg spare footballs or more volunteers to sign up etc so good way for these royal visits to have tangible follow ups for the orgs.

    • Cecilia says:

      Tho i find these type of engagements completely useless, i do agree that they need to increase their visibility if they want to make it look like a monarchy is actually necessary. Instead they have plans to cut down these type of engagements so that the can do more “focused work”.

  10. Smices says:

    Didn’t Aston Villa post something on Twitter congratulating William for “keeping the bloodline clean” after Louis’ birth??Real nice guys they are.

    • OriginalLala says:

      what? omg that’s just some blatant racism there isn’t it..holy crap.

      • Becks1 says:

        Ah I remember that. I think it was in reference to being an AV fan (like all the kids are AV fans?) but still… was a really bad comment.

    • Amy Bee says:

      @Smices: it wasn’t the football club that tweeted that it was a fan club from Canada. The tweet was quickly deleted after receiving backlash

  11. Rapunzel says:

    I wonder if this is new crisis managers at work? Maybe they’re telling Will to chose a cause and focus? Oooo..or maybe now that Wills doesn’t have Harry to leech credit from, he’s gonna start taking credit from the AV foundation? Lol.

    I wonder if Kate tried to come along to admire the hot footballers? Or does she just gawk at Harry and Sir Ben Ainslie?

    And will this gym have yummy mummys Wills can work out with? Lol…did he do this so he can use the gym too and meet some hot footballer WAGs?

  12. Chaine says:

    I see he broke out a special burgundy pullover for occasion.

  13. swirlmamad says:

    Dude is verging on Stephen Miller territory now. Yeesh.

    • GreenBunny says:

      I said the same thing on a post a while ago, he looks like Stephen Miller’s English cousin.

      ETA that now I have the Patty Duke Show’s theme song stuck in my head “cause they’re cousins, identical cousins”. If they weren’t racist, awful people lacking any charisma, they could do a remake.

  14. Midge says:

    OMG he is boring and completely and utterly lacking in charisma. It kills me that the BRF truly believe they are the chosen ones, doing important work and service, and they’re really just a bunch of ineffectual dopes.

  15. Amy Bee says:

    I mean for the Royal Family this is public service. William is doing his duty to the Queen.

  16. Lolo says:

    Keen has introduced PWT to the joys of theme dressing. Blue for palace PR and maroon and blue for a visit to Aston Villa.

  17. Catherine says:

    This engagement demonstrates how absolutely useless the Royals are to organizations and how these appearances are just opportunities to for them to look like their doing something. William has been a fan of Aston Villa. He been photographed at and games and whenever they want him to look like just “one of the boys” they trot him out to an event. Yet this is the first time there has been any mention of the club having a foundation. He could have been highlight the community service of this club for years. Could have been helping them raise money. That would have been an easy assignment for him but he hasn’t done that. This engagement shouldn’t have been about him “listening and learning”. That should have already been done behind the scenes. This should have been about what can be done to further the work, to enhance the work.

  18. Andrew’s Nemesis says:

    But he wore Aston Villa colours! That counts as work, right?

  19. Marie says:

    Oh woe is him! It is such a burden for him to visit his favorite team’s football stadium. I can’t believe Harry left this load of work upon him!

    • Lizzie says:

      IKR? He should be being ffk on a brand spanking new yacht paid for by taxpayers, not having to do ‘work’ between vacations.

  20. Likeyoucare says:

    I hope no one here keep comparing willie to harry.
    Enough is enough, we shouldnt demeaning him.
    He couldnt help himself to be better than harry. He is lazy and a mediocre, full stop.
    Now, the BM should accept that and move along, no amount of embiggening can help that ffk.

  21. Lori says:

    Dude was upstaged on the DM but a children’s book. I’m sure he’s incandescent. An article about the Bench got over 15K comments( many of the preposterously angry). His article about his locker room visit, got 48 comments. Many of which were “ yawn”. Or “boring”. Even Charles’ visit to Greece got a couple hundred comments. No one cares about these would-be Kings.

  22. Over it says:

    Quick question here peeps, when was the last time Katie keen worked, I’d she seriously doing one event every two weeks?

  23. Midnight@theOasis says:

    Not trying to thread Jack but just read that the Cambridge’s have launched a new YouTube channel and updated their Instagram account. Nothing but praise for them. Oh the hypocrisy. If H&M had done this all hell would rain down on them.

    • Becks1 says:

      So for the IG, its hard to tell bc they do monitor the comments and delete negative ones and block people. That was one of the issues with the treatment of Meghan – they refused to regulate comments about her but were willing to do it for the Cambridges.

    • Amelia says:

      Most likely it be footages of their engagements and proof of their so called work and service.
      If they really wanted to improve their image and so people that they’re young and modern they would use their channel for things like vlogs and interviews where you actually do the research and not just shoving your faces on every social media platform

  24. Curious says:

    lol william went to an event and it got overshadow by all the press writing about Meghan book. the press will be coming up with new insulting ideas to print about Meghan book every day . while William event won’t bring inn any headlines. all he did was got a call to come and open a gym. he woke up,got dressed, got driven there, went inn, and chit chat a bit, then draw a curtain saying the gym is open. after a while he went back home.job done .lol.

  25. Vavavoom says:

    Wouldn’t it be grand if someday Charles made William patron to the Archewell Foundation and he has to go and listen to the Sussexes tell him about all the work they’re doing?
    A girl can dream 😀

    • Nina says:

      How would that work. The Archewell foundation is an American foundation. The last time I looked the RF lost the colonies after the revolutionary war. Just saying. Unless your comment was tongue in cheek.

  26. Patty says:

    Future kings priorities!

  27. blunt talker says:

    Prince William and Stephen Miller(trump) are twins separated at birth.

  28. Curious says:

    the royal family is NOT above the law. they acting like trump. the police should investigate this . to make William a king one day is bad. in common people when someone tried to destroy another person, some gets jailed or pay a price. Catherine and William is allowed to walk free and keep on trying to destroy Meghan.. why? why is this karen getting away with her lies and trying to ruin a poc reputation to make herself look good.since there is a law, why are Willliam /Catherine allowed to lie about harry /meghan and not be held accountable? i read stories about people like this and they was fined for trying to ruin another person reputation.

    • Curious says:

      I know people are saying the queen is innocent. i don’t believe that for a sec. the queen is a 2 face bitch. her goal is to screw anyone that steps in her way of not keeping up with her rules.. she knowingly did this to harry , so she can save the monarchy. she wants to keep on having this life for her life line. she is old,and i should have respect. but not when this old hag like old people that gets jail when they do wrong. she boils down to that ,Ghislaine Maxwell is in jail for her wrong doings, the queen is just like that ,use and abuse ,and cast away when it don’t suits you. it seems like the queen stir the pot and sit back and watch it in action. she is not dumb she is 95 yrs old she knows what she is doing. she didn’t get to be queen this long if she didn’t use her brains to get it her way ..