Curious that there’s no British coverage of Prince William’s racist hypocrisy

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As we discussed, England lost the Euro final on Sunday. Football did not come home, and three Black players on the English team missed their penalty kicks. Those three players immediately faced a torrent of racist abuse online. The president of the Football Association, Prince William, didn’t say anything about the racist abuse until the next morning:

I included this tweet in my coverage yesterday and we also talked about how William and “Meghan Markle” were trending on Twitter for much of Monday. This tweet did not go over well, because William only performs his concerns about racism when it’s about football and not about his own family. Never once has William said that he’s “sickened” by the racist abuse Meghan endured when she lived in the UK.

William’s hollow words about racism have been a consistent issue – remember when he was trying to be a big compassionate mental health campaigner and he boldly declared that he was “so bored” of racism in football? Or how about when – just this f–king year – he decided to end racism in football by simply saying that it’s despicable and “it must stop now.” No follow-through! William consistently thinks that this is the way to do things, to make change – he will just declare that he’s bored with something and thus, everyone will stop doing it. Welp.

It’s also quite curious to me that after trending on Twitter throughout Monday and getting significant pushback online (including in the comments of that tweet), the British papers aren’t saying much of anything. There are no follow-ups in the Sun or Daily Mail, no effort to examine whether William is, in fact, a racist hypocrite and that Meghan also faced a significant amount of racism too. Curious.

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  1. Hell Nah! says:

    Curious? No, not at all. Collaboration = silence. Ain’t that about white, Willy?

    p.s. you’re a piece of sh*t.

    • Nev says:

      WORD UP.

    • Me says:

      The whole ‘royal’ thing is going to collapse in a heap once the queen shuffles off this mortal coil. The Hannover-Saxe-Coburg-Whatevers have always been a particularly unlovely bunch, but now they are repulsive 24-7 on social media around the world. While I can see the interest in them from a pure soap opera angle, you do need a heroine who is compelling and likable to make a soap opera work. These people are the kind you hide from in a bathroom to avoid at a party where they’re trying to suss out who blackballed them at the club. ( Answer: Everyone)

    • MMadison says:

      100% correct. The story wasn’t covered by a single media source in England. Speaks volumes on the power of the RF. Now imagine if they cared about Harry/Meghan just a little bit how things would’ve been different. But I’m 100% certain the RF realizes it has a huge PR problem in the US and around the world. Bottom line there is a significant amount of very vocal Americans that believes the RF is RACIST and that the future King is at the top of the list. Know matter how much they try to cover it up it must be a blow to the RF and the media. Let’s face it if the RF isn’t popular around the world what use do they have and really why would anyone travel to London to be photographed in front of a racist palace.
      Also, please note the different tone released by Charles….very carefully worded and he didn’t stand on his high horse preaching anything about racism…he got the message

      • TabithaD says:

        Yep. The BRF are in even worse trouble than they realise, particularly regarding how they are viewed overseas. Including Commonwealth countries.

      • LaraW” says:

        I don’t think it’s just the reputation of the RF, but the UK in general has taken a huge hit in terms of image. WE know that the stories from the Daily Mail et al are from various royal camps, but I don’t think the general public does. So it reflects poorly on the country that the media was allowed to run around unchecked for years with their insane stories, with Piers Morgan spilling bile every morning on national television.

        The United States was no better during the Trump years, with Twitter and all the media outlets amplifying his targeted, racist, sexist, transphobic comments and policies. However, I will say that coverage of events like the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, BLM and the impeachment hearings were robust, not thrown under the rug.

        I would say that the biggest problem with the US media is the distortion of events and selective reporting according to a certain parties’ agenda. Also, I think the Trump years in many ways trained the US to keep track of social media trends and report them as newsworthy. I’m not sure if this is the same for other countries, but since Trump had that tendency to fire people on tweets and make sudden policy changes on twitter, it forced the media to keep up.

      • I was so disappointed that even The Guardian didn’t offer at least an Opinion piece on his hypocracy! What exactly are they teaching in Journalism classes these days?!

      • Kviby says:

        I see what you mean, maybe photos in front of the palace aren’t going to be cool to show off anymore (for one subculture of westernized culturally aware people). I don’t really see that decreasing the tourism to England though. It’s already very expensive to go there, people make that choice with planning and intention so I don’t see it changing much. It’s not like Mexico where, for a lot of people, if there’s an issue you can change to Dominican Republic and have a similar beach / all inclusive week. There is no substitute for England and I never got the feeling people go there because they love the queen or what she stands for

      • Thirtynine says:

        I agree. But its not the 30′s any more, when the Mrs Simpson affair could be hushed up in Britain for so long. With social media, people are aware that there are things the papers aren’t reporting on, and instead of protecting William’s reputation, it just sinks the trustworthiness of the mainstream media even further. Twitter and tik tok and independent journalists and so on are out there highlighting the hypocrisy on a global scale and it’s all available on every phone and device in England.

    • taris says:

      soo many things seem to escape the british media’s attention when it comes to the lamebridges – this is just the latest.

      a few things:
      •will’s inappropriate and insensitive ‘jokes’ – joked about having an uber driver frisked + also joked about having some guy targeted by a sniper (yes, really)
      •the constant diplomatic ‘gaffes’
      •the crazy amounts of money he and kate spend per year, despite consistently clocking in the least amount of ‘work’ of all the working royals
      •of course, his affair(s)
      •the shady cambridge living arrangements
      •his awful temperament + controlling behaviour
      •the revolving kensington/tory personnel door
      •a bunch of kensington staff are leaving/have left recently, including most recently just last month the head of communications

      i’m glad he’s getting called out on social media (including blue checks) + media outside the UK, though. the royals can get their royal reporter buddies to fawn over them day and night, but people the world over can see through the performance.
      time’s up!

      • TabithaD says:

        TBH I’m not sure this stuff has exactly escaped the press’s attention. Rather, the editors of the main papers are all enforcing uncritical support of the royals. A couple of journalists have already hinted that they’re not being allowed to report freely on William, for example.

      • Demi says:

        Yeah, it seems as the journalists do wanna report what they know about William but the papers won’t allow it they need to maintain the contract with the royals so that the papers still get access..

    • RoyalBlue says:

      It’s the invisible contract at work. Harry told us about this.

      • Lorelei says:

        How is it even benefiting the editors at this point? There’s not much to say about the Sussexes anymore, and their readers want “drama.” They are going to have to turn on William soon (and by “turn on him” I mean “report the facts”) purely to make enough £ to stay afloat.

      • Marivic says:

        William is a dictator. UK is under a dictatorship. No freedom of the press. No transparency. UK press is gagged by William.

      • RoyalBlue says:

        They probably dig into the archives into some ancient common law and threaten the media with Treason. They are, violating the future king’s eldest son, the future heir to the throne, by implying that he is racist. I have no idea, but that’s all I have got.

  2. Laura says:

    He is an evil man.

    • Nyro says:

      He really is a young Trump. A truly despicable man down to his bones. Far worse than his father, imo, who actually does have a redeeming quality or two.

      • Tessa says:

        I think he is like his father. The only redeeming Quality of Charles is work ethic, the rest failing grades. William and Charles are both not future monarchs to look forward to. I think George will be just like his father unfortunately, he’s already being treated “special.”

    • kelleybelle says:

      Agree with Tessa. Charles was his usual spineless self in the face of all this.

  3. Becks1 says:

    It may not be getting coverage in the british press but rest assured that Kensington Palace saw the responses and the retweets and there is a mild sense of panic at KP.

    They post about mental health -people push back because of how they treated Meghan. They post about racism – people push back.

    They may live in a bubble but thanks to social media that bubble is starting to pop. And the british press may not be covering it, but I have seen headlines here from American news orgs covering it.

    Now the social media team at KP may not be sharing the responses with William and Kate and may tell them that “oh yes everyone supports you” but you know they are scrambling and can’t figure out how to fix the damage.

    Gone are the days when someone like William can just say “I’m opposed to racism” and then nothing else and that’s enough for people.

    • Kalana says:

      They haven’t come with anything beyond Buy more bots, Hug black people, Throw Meghan and Harry under the bus.

      Change their behavior and become better people? Nah, that goes against tradition.

      • Becks1 says:

        Their bot-buying is hilarious to me at this point because it is so obvious.

      • EnormousCoat says:

        I guess the modern BRF still thinks they can rule by lukewarm decree. I don’t think this is an institution that spends a whole lot of time reflecting. They focus on deflection and change only when forced, and the changes are also lukewarm at best. I don’t see them adopting an anti-racist platform. As for the news media, I have so many thoughts that I would end up writing an essay. Long story short, I am dismayed at the lack of integrity displayed by many western news outlets.

      • BooyahB!tches says:

        @EnormousCoat, well said.

    • anotherlily says:

      The Mail Online removed their article about William condemning racism. Some of the comments pointed out his hypocricy.

      • Becks1 says:

        Interesting. I wonder if there was pushback from the palace or if the Mail just wanted to protect them once they saw that the comments weren’t going W’s way.

      • Lili says:

        Oh shoot! Que the black friend hanging out and hugging in the coming weeks. This could be the perfect platform for him to rehab his image and set up something to deal with the issues, rather than visiting team grounds and kicking round a football. if this was harry i know he would be speaking to experts to find ways to come up with solutions. Its been a PR nightmare for the lamebridges the messed up at both their events in the last couple of days.

      • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

        Funnily enough, there was an article about this on DListed, and for ONCE, there were a DECENT amount of people in the comments SUPPORTING Meghan, and pointing out this very hypocrisy! I was floored! Usually it’s ALWAYS a “Bash Meghan ALL the Time For EVERYTHING” party in there.

        One poster even brought up the fact that TOBB didn’t say a WORD when that person from the BBC put out that awful cartoon the day Archie was born. One poster made a snide remark, and he (or she) was promptly ripped a new one!

        Tide is slowly turning everywhere it seems. People are waking up and it IS getting known behind the gilded palace gates. GOOD!

      • swirlmamad says:

        @TheOG, that’s really interesting! I basically stopped going to DListed mainly because of the constant Meghan hate and bashing (that and I don’t think most of the new bloggers over there are as funny as MK is/was). I hope this really is a harbinger of things to come for the RF.

    • Amy Bee says:

      @Becks: I agree the Palace is panicking. It’s why Clarence House tweeted a few hours after William’s tweet about diversity and pride in the team. It will be interesting to see how they go about countering the international view that the Monarchy is racist. I mean it was always there but there was never a member of the family to back up that view before and there’s an increasing number of people especially the youth who believe that the Royal Family is racist.

      • Deputy Dot says:

        I don’t think Clarence House got the response they were hoping for. Many people replied saying that Prince Tampon was as guilty and hypocritical as his #1 son when it came to attacking Meghan and her kids.

      • Tessa says:

        Charles did absolutely nothing to speak out against the “chimp photo” after Archie was born.
        His silence spoke volumes. He and William are on the same page. IMO.

      • February-Pisces says:

        Charles and Willie worked together to block archie becoming a prince and they were both racist. If we look back on what Meghan actually said, she the concerns over the colour of archies skin colour were in tandem with his prince title and security. And there were several conversations’ about it. Considering the trash rags themselves confirmed Charles won’t give archie a title when he’s king only proves she was telling the truth about these people. Also harry confirmed he couldn’t reveal the rest of that conversation, meaning whatever was said afterwards was so much worse.

        Charles and Willie need to shut the f*ck up about racism, their words or performative only.

    • Snuffles says:

      I don’t know if KP staff is blowing smoke up Will’s ass but they have to know how fucked they are. There is absolutely NOTHING they can do to counter the growing international view that William, Kate and the entire royal family are utter hypocrites because it would require them to take some personal responsibility and not one member of that family is capable of doing that.

      • Becks1 says:

        @Snuffles yup, and one of the problems for the palace is that so much that is going on now just confirms what H&M said in the interview.

        @anotherlily said above that the Mail removed an article about William and racism. But when was the last time we saw the mail remove an article about Meghan, especially during the height of the smear campaign? It just proves their point about the palace willing to protect some but not her. Or when KP refused to release their diversity stats for employment, which gave the impression that their numbers were significantly lower than CH or BP, and that just furthers Meghan’s point that the institution was/is racist. Etc. ‘

        And the more time that goes between Meghan’s work at KP and her work anywhere else – BP, Archewell, with so many different orgs at this point – the more clear it will be that the bullying allegations were made up because there are no other similar allegations anywhere.

      • Simone says:

        They could renegotiate the Sussexit deal – let Meghan & Harry use their HRH’s. They could give Archie & Lili HRH titles now, the same way the Queen changed things to do that for Charlotte & Louis. They could release a statement saying the bullying charges against Meghan were unfounded & issues with KP staff are being addressed. That doesn’t require much personal responsibility from anyone because H & M insulated TQ from the racism & KP staff take the fall for William & Kate.

      • equality says:

        @Simone I think they should go further and acknowledge that the behavior of the KP staff was bullying toward Meghan with all their leakage of name-calling and refusal to work with her.

      • Simone says:

        @equality I agree & they should shut down KP & centralise communications from BP but I don’t have any hope that they would do that. The Royals like their dueling courts.

      • Snuffles says:

        @simone @equality

        All sound ideas. Too bad they won’t do any of it.

    • Merricat says:

      I agree, Becks. Celebitches saw it coming, the dissonance between the royal self-image and the global reputation, and the consequences of social media doing its job to spotlight it.
      So they’re finally starting to twig to the extent of this self-made mess. It’s the information age, when every word one says is forever available for reference.

      • JT says:

        Even ass kissing E News had an article up about William’s hypocrisy, which is telling because E very much likes to maintain their celeb friendly rep. I think some CBers here yesterday said that Fox News also had some words to say about it.

    • Millennial says:

      Jack Royston at Newsweek wrote an article about the online pushback with examples. He’s U.S. obviously, but I was glad to see someone picked it up.

      • Kalana says:

        Jack Royston and Newsweek are usually pro-royal so I’m surprised by that.

      • equality says:

        I saw a lot of Australian outlets on line addressing the issue, a few Canadian outlets, some US and some International news. They are probably scrambling to get something negative towards H&M out, or possibly another hit on Sophie and Ed. It would be funny if KP lies low for a while.

      • Britt says:

        @equality, they did. I saw some stupid rumor on those Australian morning shows talking about Tom Cruise trying to introduce Scientology to Meghan and Harry. Robert Jobson didn’t even believe it to be true. I don’t know if this was because they need something to fill that boring Royal segment or because of William but it was stupid. It teamed of desperation and it also shows that they shows, reporters and tabloids miss Harry and Meghan and they’re back to pre Sussex coverage, which was dry and boring.

      • TigerMcQueen says:

        I was surprised at how many stories I saw about the hypocrisy yesterday (none from British sources, of course), and the fact that my twitter was flooded with remarks about it (and my twitter feed is usually pretty wide ranging).

        Good.

        I give it a few months once Liz kicks it before the tabs in the UK turn on the family.

    • Maria says:

      I love that any time mental health or racism is mentioned in any of the KP tweets they come for him, LOL

      • Becks1 says:

        I know, I love it too, and I love that it seems every time, there are more and more “blue checks” coming for him. It’s not just Sussex Squad. Everyone is seeing the hypocrisy

      • L84Tea says:

        William and the entire RF for that matter have really backed themselves in a corner. It’s clear that from now on, any mention of mental health or racism from any of them is going to be called out for hypocrisy. They can’t avoid it. William was better off cutting ribbons and flipping pancakes instead of trying to be the global statesman bored of racism in football.

      • JT says:

        Doing another hit job on the Sussexes after the racism row of the final would backfire. Again. It would further prove that once again, H&M were right and the firm was hanging them out to dry, and that they are racist. So…this is probably what they are going to do.

      • Maria says:

        LMAO someone posted that video of Harry vs William on the obstacle course again in reply without anything else, I cannot stop watching it, as usual!

    • FC says:

      KP has to be worried that Harry and Meghan will release a statement in support of the players. That would bring the whole thing back to GMA-level news.

  4. Britt says:

    You can’t use the racist tabloids and court the Brexit crowd and then try to balance the act by talking about “woke” topics like racism and climate change and not stick up for your sister in law and think that wasn’t going to backfire. I can see why the monarchy is desperate for Harry. From where I’m standing, William may appear statesman like but he’s far from influential and impactful. It was stupid of the monarchy and that family to not stand up for Meghan and become so isolated about Britain. The commonwealth and the international world are not here for the royals and that was made clear yesterday.

    • MMadison says:

      @Britt…Good Day Britain had a panel on to discuss the racism received by the 3 Black soccer players. On the panel was an editor from the DailyFail. Britain isn’t serious about changing anything. Give it a few days and the DailyFail will have something racist written about the same 3 Black soccer player. Salty Island is the land of make believe. Their problem now is that they can’t fool the rest of the world anymore.

    • taris says:

      i think about that first sentence there a lot @britt.

      it’s pretty clear at this point that the core of the monarchy’s supporters lean (hard) right, they’re older and whiter. culturally, we seem to be at a toxic point wherein simply denouncing racism as derided as “woke” by some. yet, as the head of a multicultural society (the UK + the commonwealth), the monarchy really shouldn’t drag its feet on this issue.

      the more time that goes by and more acts of racism keep happening like this past weekend, the worse it is for the royal family to say and do nothing. otherwise, they look performative and disingenuous when they finally do speak out.

      as i’ve said before, for the monarchy and monarchists, maybe the focus right now and in the years to come should be about expanding their base of support. because, make no mistake, most of their supporters will be dead in a couple of decades, and the young are the future.

      the monarchy may not get abolished any time soon, but it’s facing a real relevance crisis in the years to come.
      the short-term, insular thinking won’t help them at all in the long term.

      • Nyro says:

        The problem is, they won’t win over the youth without Harry an Meghan’s cosign, if at all. And I doubt they’d get a cosign without a full public apology and accountability for what they did to Meghan. They’re done. The royals are HATED on tiktok. And the kids don’t even do the “polite” thing where you have to praise the queen before dragging the rest. No, they drag her too. Trust me, young George is not seeing that throne. He’ll be lucky if he doesn’t have to pay an entry fee to tour Buckingham Palace like everyone else.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Nyro I lol’d at your last sentence, but in reality, I feel so, so incredibly sorry for those poor children. It’s made me look back on how excited I was when W&K got married, and when George was born, then Charlotte — at the time, obviously, these seemed like happy, exciting occasions.

        Now that I’m older (and with a small child of my own) and have seen the way lives have been completely destroyed by the British media, over the past five years in particular — with the FULL SUPPORT of the family! — all I can think about is that those kids have a handful of years left before they become fodder for those trash tabloids, just like the rest of the family.

        It’s like watching cows slowly being marched to a slaughterhouse. Someone here yesterday referred to the BRF as sanctioned child abuse, and it’s such an apt description; I can’t stop thinking about how true it is.

        I never had much respect for Carole or Kate to begin with, but whatever tiny shred might have remained has been decimated. Kate grew up in England (Carole, too, for that matter), so for her entire life, she saw every. single. day. the way the royals were treated; they’re seen as commodities, not human beings.

        Yet she still chose to bring children into that life? Knowing the kind of hell they would endure?! I get that she was wearing rose-colored glasses and thinking only of palaces and tiaras, etc, but did she give *any* thought to the fact that she was bringing these innocent people into the world for the express purpose of making money for rags like the Sun?

        It’s all so disgusting to me now. I’ll still follow them because by now I’m so invested in it, it’s basically an addiction, and also because I think that once the Queen passes, the entire thing is going to be turned upside down and it will be interesting to see how it all shakes out.

        It seems like Charles is still scrambling to make things work and salvage the Firm’s reputation (understandable; his entire life has been about waiting for his crowning). But sooner or later, imo, even Charles is going to get old enough that he reaches the “out of fcks” stage that the Queen is now so comfortably inhabiting, and the entire mess will be William’s problem and his alone. I just hope that somehow the three Cambridge kids make it out without being totally destroyed as collateral damage.

    • HeyJude says:

      Yes, there’s no question why this isn’t being covered there. It’s not the silly invisible contract, it’s much more simple- the British press is just as deeply and completely racist to it’s core. Not just the tabloids. Even the proper press. The BBC right now is under scrutiny for it’s inappropriate core of hiring nothing but Tories for it’s key executive positions.

  5. Digital Unicorn says:

    The BM won’t call him out, yet, but he is being dragged all over social media and from some international outlets. I’m just waiting on a player calling him out, I know there was one player (can’t remember who it was) who called out Priti Patel on her hypocrisy on twitter yesterday.

    When the time goes when the BM turn on him and his Top CEO, they will use this against them.

    • Chic says:

      His behavior made the international press and it’s beyond BM at this point. Meghan trended all day on Twitter and TT and it was about William’s racism. I noticed that the WilKAT pics are far down the page at Fail. Priti , Boris and Will got called out Big Time yesterday. I think it’s time for a Kate theGreat story by Mids

      https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMdVsUtNq/

    • Britt says:

      Your last point especially. It’s only a matter of time before they turn on them. Kate is going to be thrown to the wolves and you can’t tell me any different. Harry and Meghan are working, glowing and happy and are away from that toxic abusive relationship of a contract with the rota. They’re pissed off and William and Kate do not have what it takes to sell papers with constant fawning.

      • JT says:

        @Britt I agree that Kate will go down for this; somebody always has to be the fall guy. They can’t get rid of William but they will absolutely serve up Kate and sadly, she deserves so much of the blame as well. Keen Guevara better be working on a Plan B, and no….fake covid scares don’t count.

      • Rapunzel says:

        Britt- there was some criticism about George wearing suits to the Euro matches. And lo and behold, The Fail had an article about how William wanted his son to wear a team Jersey but Kate vetoed it.

        The media will definitely turn on Kate. With William’s blessing/assistance.

  6. Simone says:

    Even The Guardian won’t report honestly about Meghan, Harry and the Royals & now they have a piece saying PM Johnson and Home Secretary Patel are being accused of hypocrisy. Not a mention of William even though he’s trending around the world.

    • Chic says:

      Thus confirming HM story about the press and RF.
      Where’s Chucks?

    • Haylie says:

      There apparently is no free press in the UK. Invisible contract, anyone?

    • Alyse says:

      Because they’re not as important. They don’t hold power. Boris and Patel actually hold power and along with their anti-immigration rhetoric, they have failed to hold the football fans to account earlier in the tournament, thereby not supporting the players when they could have done. Hence the direct hypocrisy in this situation. No one really cares about William, he may hold a position of influence but it’s right that the priority is that this right wing government should be held to account.

      • ABritGuest says:

        And that would be a fair point if the mainstream media was holding Boris Johnson & co accountable as well as footballers like Marcus & Gary Neville are but they aren’t.

        Also the guardian report shows the monarch does have a decent amount of power eg BP shown to have requested modifications on laws impacting the monarch before the Queens consent was granted so I don’t agree that they are mere symbols.

        Finally William is showing he isn’t afraid to censor the press on pretty stupid/obvious stories & they are showing they are compliant to that so what bigger stories could they cover up for him/his family?

    • Lee says:

      The attacks are the predictable result of journalist being forced to protect him and the lies when they know he and his office were the source of many of the leaks about the Sussex family. When the press know you are not telling the truth but you use confidentiality as a shield to protect you it poisons the well. Everything you say other than the lie becomes fair game. He can expect far tougher scrutiny from the foreign press and eventually there is going to be a reckoning with the British press it’s just a matter of time.

  7. Woke says:

    I’m starting to think the british media will never fully turn on the Cambridges unless they do something really awful that can’t be ignored and even the royalists can’t defend them. The Cambridges are the only thing appealing that the monarchy can offer at least until Georges grows up.

    • Britt says:

      They will. Their bottom dollar will always come first. The got the Cambridge’s right where they want them. Neither has access to the Sussexes and besides their projects, Harry and Meghan work in silence. The media know their secrets and once they entered into that agreement; there was no going back. They can’t deny or refute anything because of said contract. The wisest thing Harry and Meghan did was leave England but not play the game.

    • Tessa says:

      If william wants Kate out and wants to marry someone else, she would be slammed and those like Penny Junor would turn on her.

    • February-Pisces says:

      I think they will only turn on them if they ever try to revoke access. Other than that they will get a pass on everything. I mean they don’t say sh*t about Andrew and he’s an ‘alleged’ peado, so they don’t actually care about the actions of these people. As long as they have all the access they want and keep making money, they will continue to embiggen. But once Willie and keen split, there will be a divergence and their mouthpieces will have to choose a side.

  8. Amy Bee says:

    There were reports about people calling Boris Johnson and Priti Patel hypocrites but not William. It is really curious. The only thing I could think of is Boris and Priti have been openly racist and didn’t condemn the booing of players. It’s interesting that as President of the FA, William never condemned the booing of the players when they took the knee. All three of them play the media game but William gets more protection. Maybe it’s because of William’s position in society.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Neither William or the FA directly called out the fans trashing London and then breaking into Wembley. That behaviour is being glossed over and blamed on the stadium and police. The fans as always will get away with this behaviour, they are being enabled by everyone.

      When it comes to football, English football in particular, racism and violence go hand in hand.

      • ArtHistorian says:

        Not to mention xenophobia and sexism – there are several stories about how English fans verbally abused and spat on Danish children as well as Danish adults being physically assaulted and Danish women especially receiving sexist abuse. That is how English soccer fans behave against white foreigners when they win!!!

        I shudder to think about how they act towards PoC when they loose. Not to mention the fact that domestic abuse ALWAYS rise when England’s soccer team plays, whether they win or loose. When it comes to soccer, racism, sexism, xenophobia (and, I suspect, homophobia) go hand in hand with violence.

        The fan culture surrounding soccer in England has become a toxic cesspit of racism, sexism and xenophobia – in short: the epitome of white toxic masculinity.

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        @ArtHistorian – I wasn’t aware of those stories, its just disgusting.

        Yes, the stats on domestic violence and the England football team is a disgusting read. It’s a 26% increase when they play, 38% increase when they lose and 22% increase when they win – yes nothing is being done to combat it esp by the FA and the ‘fan’ organisations.

        I’m old enough to remember when English clubs were actually banned from European and international competitions for several years because of how bad their fan hooligan behaviour was. Google the Heysel Stadium Disaster – English fans went to jail for what happened.

      • ArtHistorian says:

        I’d say that it is time for a new ban. I know the FA was given a big fine because of the way the fans acted during the Denmark -England match, but that didn’t really change anything and they were just as bad during the Italy-England final. The English soccer fans need to be put in an international time-out.

    • Ainsley7 says:

      Getting rid of the monarchy isn’t really on the table in the UK. It would mean a lot of time and money devoted to reorganizing how their government works. They’re still figuring out Brexit and seeing the repercussions from that. Not to mention the pandemic. They literally can’t abolish the monarchy right now without tanking their economy completely. Johnson and Patel are both elected. William becoming the head of state is set in stone for now. So, they have to protect his reputation to a point because his reputation will one day effect the entire country’s reputation. It’s why British politicians will say the that the monarchy should be abolished after the Queen dies. They aren’t going to bad mouth the current monarch as long as they know getting rid of the monarchy is off the table.

      • JT says:

        I don’t think the monarchy will necessarily be abolished because apparently Brits “don’t care about it” and it would be difficult, but it will be severely diminished is the coming years after QE2 passes. Whether commonwealth countries drop off or the royal brand becomes toxic, the monarchy will definitely change. Brexit will also do damage to the uk’s image too.

        I don’t know why the firm can’t see that William is hurting the royal brand the most and he needs to be reigned in. His personal vendetta against H&M, along with his incompetency and laziness is backing the firm into a corner. Somebody needs to clean it up. He’s losing it right now.

      • equality says:

        So does anything say it has to be the current ruling house? Could they back up and trace lines from a previous ruling house that was actually British and replace the Windsors with a descendent of one of them?

      • ArtHistorian says:

        @equality – the previous ruling rule, the Stuarts, were booted out because the English would rather have a German protestant for King than an English catholic. I don’t even think that there are any Stuarts left anyways. And why replace a dynasty when you could just abolish the whole thing? Circumventing the Line of Succession to choose someone else for Monarch undermines the whole institution because a monarchy is not a meritocracy. If the public want someone else than the direct heir to the extent that there’d be public debate on this issue, then the logical conclusion would be to just scrap the whole thing.

  9. Eurydice says:

    Well, systemic racism means the whole system, right?

  10. Juliette says:

    England is a joke for all the world now.

  11. Scorpion says:

    International press and the Express all had articles about social media dragging Willy and Co about racism.

  12. Sofia says:

    Not surprised. Why would they? They don’t think that their coverage of Meghan was racist.

  13. Plums says:

    They’re not saying anything because there is no defense, lol.

    He’s also been getting dragged for snubbing the Italians, by not congratulating the President who was at the game, or the team in person. Like, literally, the only official job of a monarch is to be head of state. In terms of foreign policy, what are you even there for if you’re ignoring other heads of state and not being a soft power diplomat? You were wearing that ridiculous business suit, so if this was a work event to justify your attendance, do the actual work your job exists for.

    • Merricat says:

      Plus it would have been a great way to show his child what good sportsmanship looks like.

      • Seraphina says:

        Truth.

      • Giddy says:

        His lack of grace, kindness, and generosity of spirit are so much more noticeable when compared to Harry.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Merricat, exactly. William is a disgrace on EVERY level.

        Aside from the fact that he couldn’t manage to treat the winning team and their representatives with the grace expected of him as the member of the BRF there in a professional capacity, he’s also teaching his son that stomping off in an angry huff is an acceptable response when you’re upset. Well done, William!

        (Also: lying. George is old enough to understand that the plan was for him to stay if England won, so he knows his parents flat-out lied AND used *him* as their excuse to peace out. So he’s learning from an early age that you simply lie to get out of an unpleasant situation or to avoid doing something you’d rather not do — even when it’s your JOB — and you use whatever excuse necessary, even your child.)

        Not only was it his duty, but it was a perfect situation to teach George that even though they were all disappointed, they would congratulate the winning team and the Italian President. Because at the end of the day, it’s a GAME and it’s all about sportsmanship.

        William is not only professionally incompetent and inept, but from what we’ve seen, his parenting skills also leave a lot to be desired.

        Does William have any good qualities? I’m genuinely trying to think of even one and I’m coming up empty. He’s lazy, racist, an adulterer, disloyal to even his only brother…the list of poor characteristics goes on and on.

        But can anyone here think of a single good quality he possesses?? Honest question!

      • Tangerinetree says:

        @Lorelie I wholeheartedly agree.

      • MerryGirl says:

        Truthfully coming up short. Can’t think of one good redeemable quality.

    • Naomi says:

      that is appalling! like literally, it is the least he could do, the most basic, fundamental part of the job. how was there not a single courtier to tell him “Sir, you are obliged to congratulate the winning team”?! do they just not listen to ANYONE?! honestly, I’m dumbfounded. literally EVERYONE knows this is standard protocol — soft diplomacy, and just like, the barest minimum of decency and grace. I realize the racism is far worse, but seriously, this is baseline professionalism that he could not even bare to do. What a twat (as the Brits would say).

    • JT says:

      This right here. This is one of the reasons why people within the monarchy know that William cannot do the job as king and why they are desperate for Harry. He had one job to do as the president: be gracious, shake hands, have a sense of sportsmanship and he couldn’t even do that. So many people on SM were pointing out how Harry behaved when England lost to South Africa; he was a gentleman about it. And it doesn’t even only apply to football, William is really terrible at the diplomacy aspect of being a royal that it’s actually shocking. He screwed up the Scottish charm offensive and had to be shown the ropes by granny. The whole point of the royals are their “soft power” and William has absolutely none.

      • Becks1 says:

        I was seeing the pictures of Harry with the SA rugby team and couldn’t figure out the context until I read that William just….left. He didn’t congratulate the team or the Italian president. He was there at the game as a fan, yes, but also in his capacity as the president of the FA and the future head of state. Congratulating the winning team is part of those duties, even if its hard to do after a loss like that .That’s why he gets paid the big bucks, so to speak.

        Meghan is not in line to be king and when she attended Wimbledon finals and Serena lost, she was gracious to the winner and congratulated her with Kate after the match. And I’m sure that was more personal for her since she is so close with Serena.

      • JT says:

        Not only does William suck at the one defined job that the royals actually have, be diplomatic, but he may also be compromised. I think it was NotSoSimpleTaylor who said that Will Jung Un may have links to Putin. If that ever came to light and it came out that Willyboy was selling access, or influencing government for Putin, a la Andrew, that would look really bad. If it’s true it very much has shades of King Edward but this time their is no dutiful, hardworking spare to take over. Maybe that’s why they want Harry back so badly. It’s more than needing a scapegoat; William is in some deep shit.

      • Plums says:

        That is certainly an intriguing conspiracy theory. One would generally think that British Intelligence would have people like royals or PMs on lockdown when it comes to foreign powers compromising them, but I’ve lived through Trump being able to run for and become President of the USA after being compromised and owned by the Russians for basically his entire adult life, so what do I know about the competence of a country’s intelligence apparatus?

      • ArtHistorian says:

        Andrew is pretty much the evidence that British Intelligence doesn’t have the royals on lockdown – he did all sorts of shady stuff with shady people when he was Trade Envoy. It was pretty much glossed over in the wake of the Epstein scandal but there are allegations that Andrew shared confidential documents with unauthorized people when he was trade envoy.

        The Windsor men are stupid, arrogant, entitled and vain – extremely susceptible to flattery. It wouldn’t be hard to compromise them.

      • line says:

        This attitude on his part is quite normal, he does not understand the work of a monarch in the 21st century. It is a matter of diplomatic work (+ charity work) of “soft power” to give a good image of the nation and the crown. For William and Kate it was all more about narcissistic public relationship focused on themselves and their pleasures. Consequently he is not leaved for this match as a representative of the crown and nor even as president of the FA and future head of state but as Willboy a football fan with have privileges due to his birth allowing him to ‘have fun watching the European Cup final.

    • S808 says:

      Wow, he just left? That’s terrible and it would’ve been easy points to score if had gone out of his way to be gracious. No type of soft skills, tsk tsk.

    • Over it says:

      So he was just there for a social event so that he could justify the tax payers footing the bill. He is like a lost boy from Peter Pan. He will never grow up and be held accountable for his childish behavior because no one tells this overgrown jackass the truth about himself

      • JT says:

        @Arthistorian Isn’t William very closely aligned with the Tory government anyway? I know some of his staff, like Simon Case, are tories but doesn’t go deeper? And aren’t the tories also aligned with the Kremlin? Im not really familiar with British politics, so excuse me if I’m wrong. Maybe William is the useful idiot around to gain access to something.

      • Lorelei says:

        @JT when I first read the conspiracy theories about William/Putin, I pretty much dismissed them immediately, because first of all, I don’t think Bill is even smart enough to pull something like that off. And second of all, even if he was, what would his motive be, really, to get entangled in it? He already has absolutely everything he wants — for life — and does little to no work in exchange for all of it.
        But the “useful idiot” theory makes more sense. I still don’t know if I think there’s any truth to it, but if there is, I think you’re right that “useful idiot” is Will’s role.

      • JT says:

        @Lorelei I don’t know if you’ll see this but I think it might be similar to how Trump was very useful to Putin. I think William fancies himself as some all powerful man with something to prove, so if a Kremlin agent came in and stroked his ego (kiss the ring if you will) than William would get them access. He has no qualms about meddling in politics as was shown in Scotland with Brown, so I could seen him opening with welcome wagon to a Russian statesman, especially if there is money involved. The Russians don’t mind paying for access and I don’t think William would mind taking it (see the Hubb funds). And he doesn’t have much personal wealth right? He spent much of it one the Middletons home if that’s true. He is not concerned with optics at all and he wouldn’t care how it could effect the crown because he’s always been protected. He is quite literally a dangerous idiot, much like Trump.

    • Nyro says:

      Yep. And now people online are asking what their tax dollars are paying for if the Cambridges refuse to do even the most simple duties of basic diplomacy. William and Kate were having a bitch fit because their team lost and they wouldn’t be able to vamp off of that winning energy for the next five years, so they took their ball and went home. William is getting dragged badly in Italian Twitter. I don’t think I’ve ever hit “translate” on so many tweets before.

      • Tessa says:

        George should have been left out of it, He was clearly being used. They would have “happy families” photos if they won plastered all over the headlines. William did not even try to hide his anger.

  14. ML says:

    I find it absolutely appalling that no one can “figure out” how to respond properly. How hard can it be to name your contribution to why those poor guys were racially attacked, say why it was wrong and how you intend to do better, and apologize for it. Then actively get in touch with the football players and Meghan??!
    In addition, no foreigners were allowed into England to attend the Euros; all of (or at least most) of the foreign supporters were expats living in Britain. A shocking number of those supporters were intimidated and mistreated during England’s matches with Germany, Denmark and Italy. How difficult is it to call out xenophobia (which in addition to racism) also influenced how Meghan was treated. I have less faith in Bojo Brexitier to respond to that, but it’s something I did expect from Prince Football to have addressed by now.

  15. Over it says:

    Of course the British media won’t cover this, they are racist and they won’t report on themselves or their partners in racism. So Willy is doing just fine in their eyes . I am so glad that the rest of the world is paying attention to what Willy and company really are. And make no mistake. He knows what is being written about him. He is at home being incandescent and cooking up new shit to blame Meghan for.

  16. 2cents says:

    The British media/press don’t call out William’s hypocritical behavior because he is the rightwing establishment’s last hope to save the UK from falling apart and to boost their nationalistic utopia: a facist British empire 2.0.

    But it’s not going according to plan: Pandemic worries, impotent Brexit economy, political isolation from US/EU (G7 anyone?) and divisive nationalism are increasing social unrest.

    Boris Johnson and Prince William are both incompetent, arrogant “leaders”. They can’t bring anything home and therefore deserve eachother.

  17. Margaret says:

    Well no wonder the team were such poor losers, taking off their medals. The patron couldn’t be gracious in defeat, and congratulate the winners. Willie is a disgrace, there I said it.

  18. Matthew says:

    I feel like the payment on that invisible contract is about to be due

    • Lorelei says:

      @Matthew: from your keyboard to God’s ears. It’s past time for William to pay for the way he’s been treating others.

  19. taris says:

    you’d think the monarchy might wanna spend some time thinking about it’s future and expanding its base of support, and yet expect to see continued deflecting and smear campaigns from the palace, fawning (british) media coverage, and general tone-deafness.

  20. Marivic says:

    Who says the royal family cannot comment. William can comment only if he likes to comment. But the few times he comments on the racial abuse against some of the England players, he gets dragged and humiliated worldwide. This is only because the world now knows that, if he really wanted it, he could’ve commented to defend Meghan against the racial abuse she has suffered in the hands of the British media and his family. But he not only deliberately ignored to comment and defend her, he even participated and perpetuated the maltreatment . He’s a racist and a hypocrite.

  21. Rapunzel says:

    There was no comment on Will leaving early (and they could have excused that by saying George needed to go to bed), or the racism hypocrisy. But interestingly, there was an article in the Mail on Kate consoling George and how those actions prove the Cambridges are “a family full of love” so the Cambridges were once again using kids to deflect.

    Reader, I laughed.

    • Well Wisher says:

      I saw that article, along with the swapped story from the Sunday Times, regarding Edward not getting the dukedom that he was promised in 1999.
      The item in the Fail seemed to be trying to refute the whispers of a bad marriage and at the same time boost their parenting skills. The reports especially about the Cambridges always seem defensive and competitive in their tone when the briefing can be attributed to the wife. Whilst the swapped story is projection and whataboutism with the same defensive tone. That can be attributed to the husband.

  22. TeamMeg says:

    Well, I’ll say this for William: he’s not much of a leader.

  23. Maria says:

    And this just in – Oprah’s interview with Meghan and Harry scored an Emmy nom, and William’s documentary “Prince William: A Planet For Us All” that he submitted DID NOT!

    • Keri says:

      Awesome! Dying to be a fly on the wall when incandescent Willie gets the news!

    • TheOriginalMia says:

      Ha ha! Cue the RRs bashing the Emmys as a Hollywood thing & stating William’s documentary was too high brow for it.

  24. ChattyCath says:

    A few years ago there were articles in the press about ‘Britain’s first black marchioness’ except she didn’t accede to the title for a few years. She was described by her in Laws as ‘polluting a blood line that goes back hundreds of years’. Her mother is English, her father a Nigerian billionaire. Or the Duchess of Richmond who adopted I think two black children and regards them completely as her own? She has faced abuse too. The racism of the aristocracy is alive and flourishing and no quick sound bites are going to change that.

    • Haylie says:

      Emma Thynn, Marchioness of Bath.

      Derangers use her as a “black friend”, an example of why Meghan is unsuitable for royalty and Emma doesn’t complain about racism – never mind the mother in law refusing to attend the wedding because Emma polluted the family blood line. They also note Emma as being black even though Meghan supposedly isn’t really black because she has a white parent (so does Emma, but derangers are dumb).

      Derangers like their victims of racism to be silent, and not married to the son of the future king.

  25. TheOriginalMia says:

    It’s not curious to me at all. The BM won’t point out the hypocrisy when they themselves are guilty of stoking and supporting racism and online abuse. Their concern is just as insincere as the Cambridges.

  26. Petitehirondelle says:

    Hypocrysy on that matter is not british. I live between France and Belgium and i have been and watched a lot of football in Italy. It is far more worse what black players in football are going through than in england. There are a lot of interviews of players and videos… awful! I would Never get how you can lové football and be racist in the same time. À lot of tweets where not even from britain. And at least there is a coverage for what i have read (BBC, The Guardian,..) of the problem. I am still waiting for other countries lover of football. I don’t care about william beside that

  27. Mtec says:

    “ William consistently thinks that this is the way to do things, to make change – he will just declare that he’s bored with something and thus, everyone will stop doing it. Welp.”

    OMG Kaiser you just gave me a vivid picture of what he’s like as a person. Entitled, irritable, unaccepting of others not serving his needs. Living with him must me like walking on eggshells constantly. What a terror.

    Reminds me a quote from someone who said that PWT “is very aware of his position” when comparing him to easygoing Harry

  28. Pink says:

    I’m not really sure what the point of this story is at this specific moment. We all know the RF didn’t do enough about what MM experienced but this isn’t about that. William is “just” the face of the FA, as an English person I’d rather we didn’t have the RF at all, I think they’re a waste of money, but nothing he says is going to change what these players have been subjected to. I KNEW the second they walked up that if any of them missed they would get all this abuse. The bigger story here is WHY social media companies allow people to act like this and turn a blind eye, which emboldens racists into thinking there are no consequences (which in the vast number of cases, there aren’t).

    • Eurydice says:

      You’re right, nothing will change what happened to these players and something should be done about social media. But, William is not just the face of the FA. He is the face of the monarchy and the future king after Charles. As it stands, the RF are the cultural/historical leaders of the Commonwealth. Commonwealth citizens still look up to them and care what they say and do. The RF are not going to change the planet, but if they can denounce racism, not just with words but also actions, then they give racists one less weapon in their arsenal. If they don’t denounce racism, if they brush off the questions, if they behave in a racist way (as they did to Meghan), if they allow the press to put racist words in their mouths, then they are putting a big “Approved by the Queen” stamp on racism.

  29. Margaret says:

    Well there is George being used as the shield for william and kate. Shameful how they mess up and hide behind their children. That guy is a disgrace, and a coward.

  30. Margaret says:

    Well there is George being used as the shield for william and kate. Shameful how they mess up and hide behind their children. That guy is a disgrace, and a coward.

  31. Shannon says:

    I just love the fact this is all over the U.S. media because it is EXTREMELY hypocritical. Several Twitter users have highlighted previous Twitter and IG posts made about Meghan over the years. The language is… horrible and incredibly RACIST, but the British Royal Family was silent about addressing those racists claims because it didn’t suit their narrative. Noticeably, they didn’t call on the Metro Police to investigate racist people and make them accountable, like they are doing now, because then they would have been front and center. LMAO…these clowns are just clownish and stupid.

    The British press is now trying to backtrack on all those “it’s okay to boo players kneeling against racism” because they shouldn’t intrude on our sports. NOW… they want to prosecute people who made racist remarks on Twitter and HOLD them accountable!!!!!!!

    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL…. LMAO…LMAO

    These people (YES I mean BRITONS) are dismally stupid and backwards.

    EFFing Clowns….seriousl

  32. Lory says:

    There are no follow ups by British journalists because they also don’t believe the UK is racist. It would force them to look at themselves.

  33. macko says:

    The same Rota that latches on unseen, unspoken, imagined Megan and Harry musings has been deafeningly SILENT on William the Terrible’s TWEET. in USA every online tabloid, news org. reported, had screen grabs of responses to his tone deaf issuance about racism. The moment he started typing his screed, self-awareness should have hit him like brick. You’d think one of his KP lackee would have flash a warning sign of the response to come regarding Meghan getting racial slurs and outright nastiness directed at her, to which he has never rebuked..

  34. blunt talker says:

    Poster Royalblue stated it correctly the invisible contract between the royal family and UK press-Harry told us about this and its showing.

  35. Marivic says:

    William is only king (to-be) of the UK. But he’s not King of the World. He cannot control the global narrative and neither can his royal clowns of experts. The world sees the real William as an entitled, lazy and condescending racist who oppressed his brother and his wife.