Prince George begged his dad to go to a Euro match & he ‘idolizes his dad’

European Football Championship - England - Germany

Prince George has been to only a few football matches with his parents. His father attends those matches to “work,” because “attending football matches” counts as work for William, and because he’s a big important Elegant Other Brother who must officially greet people at the VIP section of the games. So when George wanted to come to the England’s match in the Euro semifinal, William allowed him to come, but only because Kate was there to look after George. This is the claim from Duncan Larcombe, who also makes some very specific claims about how much George idolizes his father. Hm.

Prince George ‘begged’ Prince William to take him to watch England play Germany in the European Football Championship, a royal expert has claimed. The young royal, seven, dressed in a smart suit and tie similar to his father’s, made a surprise appearance alongside the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, both 39, at Wembley Stadium for the Euro 2020 last-16 clash last week.

It was a big moment for George, who only steps into the spotlight with his parents on select occasions, as he enjoyed his first England game, while his sister Princess Charlotte, six, and brother Prince Louis, three, most likely stayed at home.

Duncan Larcombe has now revealed the little royal was determined to attend the match with his father, telling OK!: ‘George idolises his dad. That’s why we saw him looking so smart in his suit – he really wanted to dress like William.’

While it has been confirmed Prince William and Kate will attend the final Euro 2020 match on Sunday, it is unknown if George, who has been described as ‘football mad’, will join them to see The Three Lions take on Italy at Wembley.

The royal expert said the Duke is George’s ‘hero’, revealing: ‘William would never have normally taken him to the football because it was an official outing in his role as president of the FA, but George absolutely begged to be allowed to come along.’

He said the little royal, who he described as ‘a pretty big character’, ‘twisted his parent’s arms’, adding: ‘That’s why Kate came, so that when William had to meet all the dignitaries, George could stay with her.’

[From The Daily Mail]

I’ve been saying this for months, but it continues to be f–king hilarious to me to see how William and Kate’s PR diverged, and how consistently out-of-touch they are with each other. Kate does the most to be everything, the keenest linchpin, the most button-covered peacemaker, the Top CEO who basically runs the entire Firm and the only one who can soothe her weak, immature, petty, vindictive, angry husband. And William’s PR consistently and completely blanks on her: William is big and important and Kate is there to look after the children. It’s so strange.

As for the stuff about George… I have no idea if George *wanted* to wear a suit, but if he did, he was probably bristling against the fact that his mother prefers to dress him up like Little Lord Fauntleroy. It was either velvet, buttons & tassels or… a suit. It’s also just so curious that the Cambridges are now completely fine with putting their kids out there so much.

European Football Championship - England - Germany

European Football Championship - England - Germany

Soccer EURO 2020 / Round of 16 England - Germany.

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  1. EllenOlenska says:

    Most little boys idolize their parents. See how he feels when he’s not king due to the TOB finally sticking a fork in Brits tolerance for royalty. (Then again, maybe he’d be relieved)

    • Seraphina says:

      Truth, most children idolize their parents – regardless if those parents are good or bad. It’s later in life when they start to discern if it is warranted or not.

    • goofpuff says:

      He only idolizes his parents because they haven’t started throwing him under the bus yet. Or realize they’re forcing him out for PR purposes. Just wait. He’ll resent them soon enough.

    • bettyrose says:

      Love that this is the first comment since it seems like the “duh” reaction to this story. Kids idolize their parents. It’s the parent’s job to be worthy of that.

  2. Tessa says:

    I hope they take out the other children to these events. It is setting up George as being more important. I tend to think he did not want to dress up like his father in that same suit.

    • equality says:

      I imagine, George’s entire life will be setting him up to be more important. It’s the royal way. Think about his siblings and cousins who don’t get to be in the “special” photos and such with the Queen. The whole system is warped and they wonder why somebody would want out.

    • Pao says:

      In terms of the monarchy he is more important. He’s the future monarch. I don’t think its that weird that the Cambridges are slowly trying to get their kids (and especially George) used to royal duties and the spotlight that comes with it. Pantomimes football matches, and marathons are kid friendly enough to take them.

      • Tessa says:

        Diana and Charles (especially Diana) tried to include both their children in various events. I don’t remember stories where William got a present (at age 6) from someone publicly and Harry was left empty handed. It’s more than that, it was all the Dynastic photos set up for George when he was very young–the pudding stirring and all that., I think that is a bit too young. George is young yet and needs to go to school and be with children his own age and make friends. Some children cannot handle the “special” treatment. No child should be made to feel he is more important than his own siblings. IMO anyway.

      • Pao says:

        In your opinion (and mine too tbh) but this is the monarchy we’re talking about. Whether we or George like it or not his future is set. And he needs to be prepared for that future. And charlotte hasn’t really been excluded from anything except the football match. Which may not have been her scene. Maybe she doesn’t like football. Louis is only 3 and still too young.

      • Amy Too says:

        I wonder if part of the reason why William (and the whole royal family and the press) is so reliant on Harry and so crazy and hand wringing about him stepping back is *because* he was included with William for everything growing up and even into adulthood. Selling them as a package deal so that Harry wouldn’t feel left out or less special, while a good intention, might have led to the issues we’re dealing with now. So maybe just putting the heir forward is a way to make sure the kids, including George, and the media and public, know that it’s all about George and the expectations should be on him and not his siblings. Of course it then creates the awful dynamic of leaving some of your kids out and having a child, who doesn’t have the emotional maturity or empathy yet (merely due to his age), thinking that he really is actually way more special in all aspects of his life, creating a possibly entitled bully. And it also puts all the pressure on one child, who then might feel like he’s carrying a burden he can’t share with anyone, and he might resent the freer life that his siblings have. Really, there seems to be no good way to do this without damaging all of the children. The monarchy should really go.

      • Nina says:

        @Amy, @Pao. That is why the monarchy has to go. It is an outdated institution that is way past its sell-by date.

      • Saucy&Sassy says:

        Amy Too, I think once Harry was in the military was when the brf should have been pushing for W to start working more. They relied on Harry for engagements too much, to allow W to not work. What did they think would happen? While they relied on Harry to do all of the work (his and W&K’s), W was busy throwing him under the bus, too. So, I don’t think that having the two together so much when younger was the problem at all. No, they blew it by not making W work.

        I keep thinking that’s what all of the last 2-3 weeks has been about. I think we’ll be seeing more of W and probably alone. Of course, I could be wrong, too. I guess we’ll see.

    • Alexandria says:

      George is more important. That’s how royalty works.

      • JT says:

        @Amytoo I think it’s more of the fact that William is incapable and lazy and that’s why they had to bring out Harry to fulfill the role. William hasn’t done anything significant in the past 20 years, while Harry has accomplished many things in the same time frame. It’s not like the two were doing equal work, truly “shouldering the burden together” or something, Willileaks was in the wind for most of the time. There was no package deal; it was mostly “at least we have Harry to do all of the work.” At one point The Better Brother was described as the jewel of the crown; sorry Kate.

        And as far as preparing George to be king…good luck with that. The Keens are 40 years old and even still they are as unprepared as ever. What can they teach George about duty and service when those two only show up for sports events? They can’t even outwork a bunch of 70 year olds. They are no Felipe and Letizia. Now the Spanish monarchs are truly preparing their daughter for the spotlight. Will and Kate guiding George will only lead to another unprepared, lazy king for the Brits, although I hope George will blossom into the role despite who his parents are.

      • WintryMix says:

        Yes, and that’s why royalty is deeply toxic. I don’t view this any differently than any other cult in terms of the damage to the children who are raised inside it.

    • Lucky Charm says:

      My grandson is about the same age and likes to dress like his dad. For the past two years he’s asked for a suit and tie, and at home he will wear a button up shirt with his tie, and wear another shirt over that as his blazer, lol.

    • Jeremy says:

      They’ve done lots of other games where George wore a jersey, it was just bc they were in the royal box (where everyone wore ties)

  3. Pao says:

    I don’t doubt that little George wanted to attend the football match but i don’t think he specifically needed to “twist his parents arms”. It might be an official duty but its not exactly heavy lifting now is it? A football match is kid friendly enough to bring your 7 year old to. He was after all not the only child present.

    As for what he was wearing, i doubt that was his choice. William and kate probably put a suit on him to make him look “kingly”.

  4. equality says:

    He’s 7. Of course, he wants to be close to his dad. Yet again, big praise for doing nothing unusual. And Kate seems to be relegated to role of nanny here. It’s as if he feels a need to explain bringing his wife along. It’s weird.

    • Beach Dreams says:

      Honestly, it looked like Kate was third-wheeling what was supposed to be a father-son outing. The footage was just so awkward, as was the gap between them and Kate. William could’ve shifted down a seat and he chose not to.

      • Becks1 says:

        It’s a weird narrative to put out there. Kate wasn’t there to support England, Kate wasn’t there to cheer for the national team, Kate wasn’t there to enjoy an outing with her son and husband – Kate was there to watch George when William had to “work.”

  5. Ginger says:

    This story is to counter act the theory everyone has of George being there as a buffer for his parents. There are some shots of him being excited but he mostly looked bored.

    • Islandgirl says:

      Also to counteract the chatter about dressing a 7-year old in a suit for a football game. He was dressed in a suit because “he idolizes his dad and wants to look like him”.

    • Islandgirl says:

      Also to counteract the chatter about dressing a 7-year old in a suit for a football game. He was dressed in a suit because “he idolizes his dad and wants to look like him”.
      Having said that he stuck closer to his dad than his mum.

    • HeyJude says:

      I wouldn’t say he looked bored, he looked like it was an absolute chore.

      I was football mad at his age and when I finally got to go to a game at about the same age I went gaga, even though I rightly didn’t get everything that was going on. The atmosphere was just so exciting.

      It just strikes me a weird he looked like this was mostly very unpleasant for him.

      I really do think it was the stress of being a buffer and in the middle of the parent’s squabble.

  6. CherHorowitz says:

    ‘That’s why Kate came’. Ha

  7. Over it says:

    Kaiser, you and your comments.I am dying little lord faunleroy

  8. Over it says:

    What’s up with Katie keen face? It looks horrible. How can she look the same age as her mother

    • Amy T says:

      RE: Kate’s aging situation – I’m gonna go with cigarettes & stress.l, not necessarily in that order.

  9. Amy Bee says:

    Wiliam and Kate have no choice but to put George out there. They lost Harry.

    • Tessa says:

      Thankfully Harry escaped. But I feel sorry for George he does not look comfortable being pushed into the spotlight at a young age.

      • harla says:

        George has never looked comfortable out in public, I think he’s quite a shy, nervous little boy. I just hope that his parents do their best to encourage him to blossom at his own pace and not at the pace his parents want. This dynamic reminds me of the dynamic between Charles and Phillip, when Charles was a shy, nervous young boy and Phillip kept trying to “toughen” him up.

    • Pao says:

      I keep thinking that this is part of the reason why william is so upset with harry. Since harry refused to give him and his family up as scapegoats, william and kate have no choice but to pull out the kids.

      • Alexandria says:

        Still believe that was one of the secondary reasons. Willnot is upset because Harry was doing all the heavy work and he could coast.

      • JT says:

        @Alexandria I agree. Besides, the Keens were already bringing out the children more prior to H&M leaving. The kids are all W&K have to offer up anyway; they can barely get some headlines without them.

  10. Digital Unicorn says:

    Am sure he wanted to go to the match with his dad – I think most kids would have wanted the same and am sure he was thrilled to be spending time with his father. As for the story that Kate was there to ‘look after him’ while Dad met with the VIPs, BS as am sure a nanny was there – Kate would have been all over the celebrities there as well.

    She was there as PR damage control over her being benched over the Diana event.

  11. Nyro says:

    In William’s world, Kate is the silent and dutiful help. He and his people make her sound totally nonessential. Interesting.

    And we’re seeing one or more of those kids literally like every other week now. No wonder the press and the royalists are demanding Meghan and Harry put Lili on display for them. They’re already bored with the three little Cambridges.

    • harla says:

      The difference in how the brothers think about and treat their wives is astounding! Harry is always proud and respectful of his wife and it’s been clear for some time that William tolerates (barely) his wife. Personally, I think this is the biggest source of jealousy for Kate against Meghan, how Harry so obviously loves and respects her.

  12. SarahCS says:

    In the majority of other families I’d totally buy all of these claims. However, we know that these people do EVERYTHING for optics and pr and we’re being fed these stories to support a desired narrative. On that basis, I don’t believe a word of it!

  13. TabithaD says:

    So Kate was just there as a childminder? That might have been a clapback to all that stuff about “future Queen Kate (and her husband, whatsisname)”. A little reminder that William is the important one.
    These people, honestly.

  14. Lizzie says:

    I’m just wondering why KP put this out there. Could be be building a case for custody if a separation is announced. They certainly made the point that George idolizes his dad and mom is just along to watch George when William has duties.

    • Shawna says:

      Very interesting. With a half dozen more of these types of showings, and maybe it will seem “natural.”

  15. February-Pisces says:

    I think George does like football but he was not feeling it that day. He has that look of when your parents drag you somewhere you don’t want to be. I think people noticed he looked bored so Willie has put this out there to once again change the narrative. George is allowed to feel what he wants, he‘a a kid.

    But I think as the Keens continue to live separate lives whilst playing happy families in public, it’s going to get tougher and tougher for the kids to play along as they get older and they become more aware of their situation.

  16. Julia K says:

    The only little boy that ever begged to wear a suit was Barron Trump, I believe. Do not believe for one minute that George made this choice on his own. Has nothing to do with future custody; the heir belongs to the Crown and he will stay with Wm, if it comes to that.

  17. Mooney says:

    George doesn’t really have good role models on both sides of family. And to top it off, he’s THE heir. I hope 🤞 I’m proved wrong later.

  18. Catherine says:

    Duncan Larcombe is getting quite a workout lately. It’s really amazing how closely KP monitors internet chatter. There was so much about how completely nervous and disinterested George looked most of the time during that match as well as questions about why a child had to adhere to an adult dress code. This story is clearly in response to that with a little propping up of William thrown in. I’m predicting right now that instead of disappearing for summer as they usually do we’re going to see more of William as dad. He used the older brother narrative for so long but that is no longer available to him. Also, don’t blame the Sussexes leaving for the Cambridge’s pimping out their kids for PR. The Cambridge’s started trotting the kids out long before the Sussexes left. In the summer of 2018, there was a significant uptick in those “candid” shots with the Tindalls and the Phillips kids. It was that summer that Kate was reportedly also trying to get Rose excluded from the Norfolk social circle. Then in 2019, they really went over the top with it. Trotting out the kids was a way to present a happy family front, payback to the media for their part in the smear campaign against the Sussexes and because the Cambridge’s on their own weren’t generating enough interest. George may very well love football but a lot of children his age find it difficult to sit and watch the entire match and he has the added pressure of being on dismay. He certainly didn’t look like he was enjoying that match as well as the one they attended as informal guests.

    • Tessa says:

      He knew the cameras were on him and not surprisingly did not smile at them or play to them like his mother does. He looked bored and maybe he complained about “dressing up” for a fun event. He also would notice he would be all over the Internet and the papers and he may not have enjoyed having people staring at him.

  19. Shirleygail says:

    Maybe he was excited to be with his Dad cause he doesn’t see him very often…

  20. Rnot says:

    My husband was struggling with some lawn equipment recently and made some comment about how the whole POINT of a linchpin is that it’s easily removed. He was confused when I laughed until tears ran down my face.

  21. Robyn says:

    Boy idolizes father! Film at 11!

    My word…can you die of secondhand embarrassment? These stories are getting plain weird.

  22. Gm says:

    Others above keep saying it is the way of royals. It shouldn’t be. Having royals is wrong. Just because it happens doesn’t make it right.

    • WintryMix says:

      Totally agree @Gm, and I also feel like there’s been an increase in pro-royal accts commenting here lately. Hmm.

  23. Digital Unicorn says:

    Kate’s at the final ‘looking after’ George again.

    • Tessa says:

      It figures.

    • Sunday says:

      The video of George laughing and clapping at that goal is really pushing my tinfoil tiara theories into the stratosphere again, because just like at the match the other day, he never once looks at his mom. Not once! It’s so strange!

      When I first saw the video (and subsequent gifs), I thought ‘oh it’s just will and george again, guess kate was all keened out from wimbledon,’ but then I saw that no, she was there, and seated directly next to george. Part of her white blazer-ed arm made the footage, but George never once glances over at his mom. I just think that’s so weird, I really don’t know what to make of it but it’s really stuck out to me the last few times we’ve seen them all together.

      • Tessa says:

        Kate hugs George and the stans are saying she is “just like Diana” hugging her children. this is all a bit too much–she is setting up “great mom” photo ops. And there is a photo of the group and only Kate is looking at the cameras. I think Charlotte should have been able to go also. Girls enjoy sports also and it would reduce the “future King” spin for George. When they were young, Charles and Anne would go places together with their parents. These Cambridge appearances lead to fawning comments in DM section with of course the put downs of Harry and Meghan and their children. Most unfortunate.

      • PrincessK says:

        Well Kate probably isn’t interested in football but the game is something that George bonds with his father over.

      • Sunday says:

        Update to my comment, I saw the additional, separate footage/pics of Kate and son. So I guess my question becomes why on earth would you crop that out of the viral video? It’s such a weird choice, it’s like will and kate each had their own ‘moment’ but instead of showing the whole family they separated them into their own clips. It’s just odd.

  24. NotSoSimpleTaylor says:

    I get the aura around George that he’s basically interacting with strangers. I wonder if he’s at an age where he’s learned that dealing with dad and spending time with him is better than being around his mom.

  25. Tessa says:

    William looked angry at the loss. And George was not happy nor Kate.

  26. You Know Me says:

    George is so cute. awwwww

  27. Curious says:

    they took their son to watch the finals in football. he is 8. we saw a happy child, then we saw pics of a sad child. they build up their expectations to the highest level ,then they fall. for adults they will do ok. for a 8 yr old the trauma of taking him there to boost your reputation is very harmful for him. George don’t even know he was being used. he is an innocent child. i don’t think i ever seems pics of William/Catherine hugging their children, i saw a pic tonight, and i was sort of surprised.first time i saw her hug one of her children.

    • Jax says:

      It was hard to see happy George and then sad George. He must have already begun the Royal stiff upper lip/photographers are everywhere training as most 8yrs cry when they lose a tournament of their own, let alone to be at Wembley with all the hype and stand stone faced with cameras all over him. Also noticed that when he did hug Kate, she was looking right at the camera, not at George.

    • Tessa says:

      William unfortunately looked furious, not setting an example for George. Good sportsmanship would have been better to encourage not anger over a loss.

    • Tessa says:

      On their appearance with William at an earlier event, George and Charlotte looked uncomfortable about being trotted out for the public.

  28. Starkille says:

    Absolutely absurd to dress your seven years old in a suit to attend a football match, regardless of his status as future monarch. I’m not suggesting they put him in Crocs and a tracksuit, but what would be wrong with letting him dress like a normal child? He will have plenty of years ahead to wear uncomfortable suits.

  29. olliesmom says:

    And did he also beg to wear a suit and tie?