Did Prince William purposefully snub the Italian team & politicians at the Euros?

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I watched the end of the Euros on Sunday, just because I wanted to see who won. I turned the TV off soon after Italy won, so I didn’t stick around for the trophy presentation and whatever else happened. Prince William is the president of the Football Association, and he was already being hyped (before the final) as part of the trophy presentation. He was also expected to congratulate the winners. That was when everyone thought England would win. When Italy won, William apparently left the stadium before the trophy presentation:

Such a diplomat, right? So powerful, so engorged with rage and contempt. He couldn’t even do his job as FA president. I will say this: I’m just going off what is being said on social media. There could have been other, less rage-engorged reasons for William’s absence at the trophy thing, like Covid-protocols and perhaps security concerns. But Italians do feel like William snubbed them, their leaders and their team.

Meanwhile, British outlets say that William went to the English players’ dressing room to console them.

Prince William, who is the president of the FA, attended the game with his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, and their eldest child, Prince George, who is seven years old. He was seen celebrating England’s first goal with his son just two minutes into the match, and appeared to be very engaged with the game throughout.

Now, it’s been revealed that the prince actually paid a visit to the team’s dressing room after the game had ended. Gareth Southgate revealed in a statement that the players had been struggling with the loss but William had offered some words of support.

“At the moment the players are, understandably, really quiet,” he said. “The Duke [of Cambridge] has been down to see them in the dressing room and has rightly thanked them for what they’ve done and been fulsome in his praise. I just said to them that we could have no recriminations. We win and lose together. Nobody is left out on their own and the calls for the penalties were mine.”

[From The Independent]

I’m glad he did that. It would have also been nice if he visited the Italian team’s dressing room to personally congratulate them as well. It doesn’t seem like he did. Congrats on having a petulant man-baby as your Future Future King, you guys.

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  1. Amelia says:

    Ah yes a petulant man child is a far much better future ruler than his ungrateful and selfish younger brother who by the way, when South Africa won the rugby world cup in Japan not only heartedly congratulated the leader but also went to personally congratulate the team. But sure, “definitely not racist” man-child is the more dignified and elegant man of the entire rOyAl FaMily

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      At this point nothing William does surprises me. He is so lacking in self awareness and can’t even play the optics game properly. They tried using the he had to leave for ‘security reasons’ excuse but that won’t wash. Now I know why he desperately needs Harry.

      • Lori says:

        Well now we know why he brought his wife and child. So he could use them as a human shield when he wanted a quick getaway.

      • equality says:

        But the last story was that Kate came along because she was needed to look after George while Will greeted VIP’s.

      • Nyro says:

        Lori, yep. Mugxits are already saying the Cambridge left because George was up way past his bedtime and needed to get home. That boy is going to be the cover for so much of William and Kate’s bad behavior, just watch.

      • Maria says:

        The video footage of them responding joyfully to that goal was so weird. Will jumping up was fun and George being ecstatic too was cute, and their hug was organic, but Kate three feet away looming over and hugging him like some aunt who traveled long distance to be there was definitely strange. I liked her outfit though (sans earrings).

      • Beach Dreams says:

        What was also interesting about the footage is how William completely ignored Kate. She looked at him but quickly focused on George after realizing she wouldn’t get acknowledgment (much like she quickly turned to the other person next to her when he ignored her at Wimbledon the day before). William watched the field while she went to hug George. She might as well have been invisible to him. It really was bizarre to watch.

      • Harper says:

        @Beach Dreams I noticed too there was zero celebration between Will & Kate after the goal. Will ignored Kate completely. Sometimes I wonder if he is sending a message to his sidepiece to try and convince her that he is truly willing to publicly be over Kate and look! Even at these public events on camera he is willing to ice her out.

      • Christine says:

        I completely agree with you. My God, all we hear about is how Wills was trained for this from day one, and Kate started her “training” while they were still dating. It is over ten years later, HOW can the future heir and his wife be so bad at optics, at almost 40?

        Poor Queen Elizabeth, I almost wish she was losing her marbles, so she didn’t have to wake up every day and watch her family eff this up so dramatically. She HAS to know the end is near, and it’s abundantly clear that she is not currently driving the bus, so she can’t even course correct, since all parties involved are acting at cross purposes. It’s not a huge amount of pity, anyone surrounded by that many people and with that much money and power should be able to hire competent adults, and that is not happening.

        I do have to laugh, my Grandma ruled with a benign iron fist. If my brothers, cousins, or I ever pulled anything, she had us in line with a look, or if we were really on her last nerve, a finger pointed with a lot of gesticulating. Wills, and hell, Chuck, need a proper Mom/Grandma to straighten them out.

    • Tessa says:

      I felt sorry for George, he needed to just be himself without cameras watching him respond to the game. I hope they don’t keep trotting him out that way.

      • Eleonor says:

        Me too.
        And honestly I don’t get why they didn’t let him be a child and dressed him like a jr account in a bank.

    • AD says:

      Well My Lady, per the tweets the italians and a lot of others do not agree with you. As someone mentioned, by not protecting Meghan the Monarchy damaged itself. Why? Now the whole world is watching and they have made a lot of enemies. This point would have been moot if they had been there for her. But with Palace aides still stuck in the 18th century and their racist, classist ways, they wouldn’t know what modernization means if it slapped them in the face,

      The Monarchy is all about image and right now Will’s image is taking a beating. The future King ain’t looking so futuristic right now. IMO it was a bad idea for him to talk to lacey. I knew it would only be a matter of time before all those quotes he made to Mr. Lacey about Meghan come back to haunt him. Even the future king cannot fight with Karma and win.

      • Lorelei says:

        @AD: I’m not the OP, but I’m fairly sure Amelia’s comment was sarcastic.

        Other than that, I wholeheartedly agree with everything you said. The BRF’s treatment of Meghan is going to have negative ramifications for them for decades (actually, probably centuries!) to come. And they’ll be so well-deserved.

        @Eleonor: seriously, poor George. For the first few years of his life he was dressed as if he was living in some bygone century, and apparently now they’re going to dress him like Alex P. Keaton.

      • Amelia says:

        @AD @lorelei definitely sarcastic. I’m glad his PR is taking a beating. I hope it takes more. I hope every endeavour they keenly try fails and blows up in their faces.

      • Christine says:

        The crush I had on Alex P. Keaton….it has not faded. That character wouldn’t be remotely funny, post-Trump, but he was so adorably horrified at his hippie parents, sweater vests were his solace. I miss Family Ties so much, every problem can be solved in the kitchen!

        /tangent

    • BooyahB!tches says:

      Well, he’s the FA President. Translation: President of F*** All :)

  2. Nina says:

    He’s a joke

    • BabsORIG says:

      Deleted

    • BayTampaBay says:

      “Such a diplomat, right? So powerful, so engorged with rage and contempt.”

      It is very simple: William is just a loser who cannot get anything right.

    • MMadison says:

      He’s a “diplomat” when it suits the narrative. He’s a joke and the world is starting to see what we all have been saying for years. The Brits are losing the respect of the world and they owe it all to Brexit, Boris and the RF!

    • BooyahB!tches says:

      If he’s a joke, he’s the unfunniest joke I ever saw…. :)

  3. Becks1 says:

    I find this to be pretty infuriating and petty. The Athletic article linked says he wasnt scheduled to present the trophy, it was always the UEFA (sorry if I have that name wrong) president who was going to present the trophy, but William was supposed to be “involved” in the ceremony. And it seems he just peaced out? I mean its nice that he went and talked to the English players, but sometimes as a diplomat you have to do the less desirable things as well (like congratulate the team that just beat your team.)

    • The Hench says:

      Yes. It’s a bloody disgrace. The WHOLE point of being a diplomat is being, er, diplomatic and that involves fostering relations, smoothing encounters and doing the right rather than the easy thing. The right, sporting thing to do would be to have stayed and congratulated the Italian players and their President.

      William is a small-minded a*sehole.

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      His petulant nature simply came to the fore. He couldn’t even display proper sportsmanship. Is this the person we are expected to believe finds racism sickening? A huge joke.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        Put an orange wig on him and he would look more like Trump than trump’s sons.

        Not being sarcastic. Just look at the above photo and imagine it. Scary!

      • Truthiness says:

        As flawed as they are, neither the Queen nor Charles would act that way. The Queen especially sees the big picture, she doesn’t act like she is bereaved when one of her horses doesn’t win.

      • BooyahB!tches says:

        ER: his petulant nature is all he has, it doesn’t need to “come to the fore”!!

    • BabsORIG says:

      Compare and contrast:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_XMynivCNE
      That’s ONE of the differences between the 2 brothers. Nuff said.

      • The Hench says:

        WOW. I just watched this – thanks @BabsORIG. WHAT a difference. Harry is spontaneously funny, charming, eloquent, understanding and comfortable here and the SA team are clearly delighted to see him. Diana was right “Good King Harry” indeed.

        What a shame he isn’t the elder brother – but then maybe, had he been born the heir, the Windsor’s toxic child raising cocktail of specialness and entitlement for that position might have warped him as it has his brother.

        Gah.

      • Lili says:

        Thanks for the Video BabsOrig i had a great big smile on my face watching that .

      • tamsin says:

        I was wondering if Harry would have also visited the England rugby team after its loss. I don’t recall if there were any photos of him talking to any of the team members or coach. I can’t imagine, though, that he would neglect to do that.

      • Seraphina says:

        This made me smile as well. Thank you for sharing the video. LOVE that he had a beer too. Diana knew her kids well when stating Wills does not have the temperament for king. But most mother do know their children better than anyone.

      • betsyh says:

        Great video! You can see the players appreciated his graciousness in visiting.

      • A says:

        Wow I remember this! I also remember certain people on that little island being pissed at it because it looked like he was being too kind to the other team, which is the very defintion of what he was supposed to do (as a diplomatic representative of britain). Not sure what happen, with William I could maybe belive it was a “security” issue if he had not went to the English team’s locker room, I mean could he not have just popped by after to the other teams locker room for five minutes and said congrats and bye? And, by the way has anyone heard what CNN’s Max Foster who who was hyping the who “Williams big test” thing up has to say about this?

      • Katherine says:

        This. Harry was/is such a natural. Is the guy perfect? No. He obviously benefitted from immense privilege and has his share of stupid/offensive mistakes but he grew and matured from them in a way I think is so rare for public figures. And any footage or stories of him interacting with people, whether someone in a rope line or a head of state, he is always just so genuine and engaged. You can see whoever it is light up with the interaction. I remember he visited Jamaica I think and the President was a little disgruntled with commonwealth set up before his visit and by the end she was Harry’s BFF (I’m only vaguely remembering the full context)

        That’s soft power diplomacy and yes some comes from experience but it’s also true you either have it or don’t. And Harry has it in spades and the biggest mistake this idiot family ever made was treating him and his family so badly that they bailed. And it becomes even more glaringly obvious the more PWT is trotted out to do the heavy lifting. Which he clearly cannot do, despite his stupid bicep photo when he got his vaccine.

      • Harper says:

        Harry was great in that locker room. He not only had a beer, but then he had the presence of mind to toss the beer before being officially photographed holding it. He just oozes natural affection for those he encounters and you can’t fake that or the affection and smiles he gets in return.

      • Roo says:

        BabsOrig, that video really emphasizes the difference in the brothers, doesn’t it? Harry is classy and relates to people. He was genuinely happy to be there and congratulate them. It’s not hard, but this seems to be too hard for TOB.

      • BabsORIG says:

        @Tamsin, Harry as the patron of Rugby England congratulated BOTH teams. And remember, this match was between SA and England, prince Harry attended the match (1) in his capacity as patron, (2) as the official representative of the UK and (3) as the official representative of the BRF. Also, note that England lost to SA in this WORLD CUP and that it was hosted by Japan. Now compare to William who (1) is football UK president and attended in his capacity as such (2) this match was just a European cup however (3) hosted by Britain which means he represented England, UK and the BRF. The difference between Harry and William is just staggering.

      • Sue Denim says:

        such a charming video, thanks for sharing. but also — something just occurred to me, the way Harry politely handles the beer in this video, then remembering his earlier challenges w alcohol, Princess Margaret’s, the doc about the queen having like 4 cocktails a day, Kate and William often v drunk through not just college but at events after… I wonder if an underlying explanation for a lot of the dysfunction in the family has to do w alcohol abuse? Might help explain some of the missed events, the rage…?

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ BabsORIGk thank you for posting this video! How charming and encouraging Harry is with SA!! What a wonderful speech as well! He seems so at ease with everyone and they him! Harry has more dignity and charm than the entire Cambuttons combined!
        I will say that TOB is taking massive heat on Twitter about his early “exit“ and their supposed reason. Not even the people of England were very supportive of his actions and how little it would have taken him to congratulate Italy as well! Questions of his ability to rule the country and commonwealth countries were mentioned as well, since his diplomacy was non existent at this match, given his position as President of the football association.
        I think we can all agree that TOB has become no longer the Golden child in regards to his behaviour on a international level. There are people that are angry, and rightly so, that he behaved in such a disrespectful manner towards all of the Italy’s crew/players.
        I wonder if this is a sign of the tides changing in regards to how TOB is being viewed, at home and abroad.

      • Christine says:

        I am speechless. I had never seen this footage of Harry, and WOW. That is Princess Diana, in living, albeit male, color.

        ETA: Katherine, YES, you said it perfectly.

      • SwirlmamaD says:

        @The Hench, sadly I do feel that if Harry had been born first, he likely would not be the kind, affable and empathetic man he is today. Yes, it is partly inherent but I truly believe that the RF has poisoned William from birth and groomed him to become the person he is. Maybe Harry would’ve still been marginally better because he’s just hardwired that way, but as I’ve said you can’t have someone blowing smoke up your ass and gassing your head up since you were old enough to understand and NOT become an egotistical asshole to some degree.

    • Myra says:

      He wasn’t expected to because he is only the FA President but he should have stayed for the ceremony and most certainly should have congratulated the Italian President who sat but a few seats away. It was very undiplomatic and also lacked sportmanship. I honestly cannot think of a single good reason to justify his behaviour. “Security” just doesn’t cut it because two heads of government were still around (and he isn’t even a head of state yet).

      • HeyJude says:

        No, as the president of the FA of the host nation he would be expected to be at the trophy ceremony. The host nation does just that- hosts. He would be expected to be there not only as the president of the FA but as the senior member of the British diplomatic ranks there. In most tournaments, except in occasions where they can’t attend, the leader of the host nation delegation who attends goes to the on-field ceremonies. It’s just what is done. He would have been expected to congratulate the winners and executives/statesman of the winning team. Usually on-stage with UEFA officials. They were there as usual. No William.

    • Nyro says:

      I think William was supposed to be down on the field when the trophy presentation happened. According to his own sycophant British media, it was supposed to be a big deal for him because they all expected England to win and the pictures of him down there with their winning team was supposed to be comparable to his grandmother helping lead the nation through WW2 or whatever. He didn’t get that so he just left like the rude little brat he is.

      • The Hench says:

        Yes. There is NO WAY that, if England had won, Wills wouldn’t have been down there on the pitch lapping it all up and hogging the limelight. So that prize-giving ceremony was absolutely built into his schedule and the leaving early was sheer petulance and bad manners.

      • Becks1 says:

        I think you and others who have said similar things are hitting the nail on the head. It was supposed to be a big photo op for him, it wasn’t, so he just left in a huff.

        I guess the elegant man needs more future future king training…..

  4. oblomoviana says:

    As an italian I don’t think players cared that much about Baldingham absence from the trophy’s presentation.
    Instead, it was very unpolite not greeting President Mattarella
    Moreover, at Rugby World Cup in Japan, 2019, England lost to South Africa and guess who went to congratulate BOTH teams? Prince Harry…just sayin’

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      Not offering any congratulations to President Mattarella is downright rude and unbecoming, particularly for someone in his position. I wonder what the protocol police have to say about this?

      • Simone says:

        Not congratulating President Mattarella was shockingly rude. He’s extremely well liked & respected by Italians & William is trending for all the wrong reasons in yet another country. Well done William. Keep it up.

      • dj says:

        Not only is it rude but it is a very poor role model for his child Prince George. I don’t think for a minute that he will remember that his whole life. In those photos with Kate & George everyone looks like they are on eggshells with William. It makes me sad for that family. Anxiety and depression are going to be issues for that family.

    • Maria says:

      Yep. But remember when the Cambridges froze out King Felipe? They don’t know diplomacy at all.

    • Esme says:

      President Mattarella is a 100 times the man William is. The English royals behaved very rudely by not congratulating our small Italian delegation… The English harp on about “fair play” and “noblesse oblige”, but the Cambs evidently don’t practice them.

    • TabithaD says:

      It was just common courtesy, if nothing else. But he can’t even manage that.
      What exactly is the point of him, if he can’t do even the bare minimum?

    • Eleonor says:

      Agreed, he could have gone to congratulate our president and then go.

  5. (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

    Petulant, Petty Prince proceeds to show his incompetent ass? Are we surprised? I’m sure they’ll find a way to lay this on George (as in: (“George was so upset and tired by this point we had to get him home!”) as if Kate didn’t take him home by herself already.

    Yes, as the FFK, his job IS “soft diplomacy” on AND off duty. He is ALWAYS “repping The Crown”. I would wish he’d be summoned on the carpet and given a proper dressing down about this behavior, but you know Petulant Petty Prince (aka: TOBB) will not be called to task for ANY of his appalling behavior or lack of professionalism.

    • AD says:

      @ (The OG) or better still Meghan LOl! It is always her fault. Not Georgie

    • Carrie says:

      And as though they couldn’t have had one of their myriad of helpers take George back to where they were staying. Pull the other one.

  6. Digital Unicorn says:

    I think we all know that good manners and any sort of statesman/sportsman behaviour will never be associated with these 2. They are only interested in the PR opportunity.

    • Eleonor says:

      It was a pr opportunity.
      Let me just say that in 1982 our beloved president Sandro Pertini watched the world cup final in Spain, sitting next to their Royal Family. And we won !!!!
      (That’s why having our president watching the Match is sooo important to us!)
      Will and Kate were nowhere to be seen.
      Just saying…

  7. Aidevee says:

    He’s such an egotistical twat.

    And what was he doing fannying around in the England dressing room?! As if they weren’t feeling exhausted enough, they’d have felt they had to put on all sorts of performative small talk so that William could feel like the big magnanimous, merciful God-annointed.

    This was obvs put out at the request of KP who have seen how badly Williams limp tweet has gone down, and want to make him sound genuine and connected and important and relevant.

  8. Lady Luna says:

    Why are people surprised at his lack of class?

    • gilda says:

      Exactly. He has the emotional maturity of a fork, I’m quite surprised he didn’t dissolve in incandescent rage in front of the cameras.

      What could he have possibly told the players that could be useful? I know Southgate likes to think he is avenging England in WWII but I doubt the lads care much for nationalism or whatever Will could muster up as relatable banter.

    • Eurydice says:

      Actually, I am a little surprised – because his public school education, his father, his grandmother, all of his handlers should have been able to teach him how to pretend to have class. But I suppose he’s unteachable along with everything else.

      • JT says:

        I think it’s pretty clear that neither the queen or Charles taught him anything in regards to his “king training,” or perhaps none of it absorbed. It more apparent every day why they are panicking over Harry being gone.

      • Seaflower says:

        I’m sure he’s been taught diplomacy, manners, class, and his “FFK” responsibilities until the cows come home. It’s obvious that if he’s not interested, he simply doesn’t care and won’t do what’s expected of him as “FFK”. Ditto the “FFQC”, but PWT is more obvious about it.

  9. Inge says:

    Harry was the complete opposite when Sout Africa won the rugby final.
    But why didnt William even congratulate the Italian om?

  10. S808 says:

    Not visiting the opposing team is not a big deal to me but, come on man. Greeting the Italian President and extending congratulations should be a no brainer. Idk what kind of COVID restrictions would stand in the way of that.

  11. Mu says:

    I didn’t know about the trophy thing. But his face at the end wasnt of sadness. That was pure rage

    • Nyro says:

      He was promised glory, that a win would be credited to him, allowing for good press to bask in for years. Instead of being saddened for the young team’s loss, he was enraged for himself.

  12. Osty says:

    His deranged sycophants are making excuses for him claiming it was way pass George’s bedtime and he needed to be home and other nonsense. As if they didn’t know it will be before bringing him along that evening or couldn’t his mum take him home and for wills to do his “job”? He messed up and instead of them to accept it and criticise they are just acting the fool to cover up for him.
    Prince William is a joke , lazy, and petulant

    • Mu says:

      God these people. Dios mio

    • MsIam says:

      That’s part of the reason why he acts the way he does. He has a stadium full of people ready to say “Well but….” Its good to be the FFK I guess but it sucks big time for others.

    • Becks1 says:

      Then maybe he shouldn’t have taken his son to work.

      I know that sounds mean, bc its not George’s fault, but William was there in an official capacity and if the game was going to run late, which it probably was, then maybe Will and Kate should have made the decision to leave George home. But they were expecting England to win and thought they would get photo ops of George with the team and everyone would ooh and aah over the Cambridges.

      • Lorelei says:

        Kate could have taken George home while William stayed to do his job. He simply didn’t want to. Their fans are delusional.

    • Sofia says:

      I agree with @Becks1. If George’s bedtime was the issue then they shouldn’t have brought him to an 8:00 pm match.

      William just didn’t want to be a diplomatic person (you know, do his job) and left.

      • Tessa says:

        George should be able to go with his parents and siblings to games but not be placed as the Center of Attention for media to scrutinize. Taking pictures of him and so on. There are plenty of other games that George will attend, he should have stayed home with his siblings.

      • AD says:

        Sofia bottom just do your job! If they had won, Mr Georgie and Ms. Keen would have have been down there celebrating. What better way to endear yourself to the masses than include your kid for a nice photo op. So it is all hogwash because of the blow back.

      • Tessa says:

        I visualize if they won, William hoisting George on his shoulders, George waving a flag and Kate looking up and grinning. I think Will was convinced they “could not lose.” So instead he looked furious and sulked, and he skulked out of there.

    • MA says:

      Also that doesn’t excuse his rudeness before and during the match to the Italian President. Also saying congrats takes ten seconds .

      • Thirtynine says:

        Yep. 5 minutes to do the right thing. Basic good manners, let alone diplomacy. But if you think about Boris’ and the UK governments boorish and contemptuous attitude to the EU, it fits right in, doesn’t it?

  13. Merricat says:

    Basic human decency: how hard is it?
    Graciousness in defeat at a sporting event is exactly the LEAST one can expect from an alleged future future monarch. Seriously, it is the least.

  14. Miranda says:

    He has one job. ONE F–KING JOB. His entire purpose in life is smile and be diplomatic and represent his country well. And I don’t know whether it’s that he CAN’T do it, or just WON’T do it, but either way, he’s total shit at his job.

    • Pippin says:

      How can you be born, raised and groomed for a role and still stuff it up so badly each and every time?

      Mind-boggling.

    • Lizzie Bathory says:

      I think it’s both that he can’t AND he won’t. And the Firm avoided dealing with it because the plan was always to fall back on Harry. I honestly think that’s why Charles was so aggressive about trying to stop Sussexit–up to & including pulling the family’s security. William is not up to any aspect of the job. FFS, at nearly 40, he had to have his 95 year old, newly widowed granny take him on a do-over tour of Scotland. Embarrassing.

      “Prince William” has trended several times recently & aside from his birthday, it has not been flattering.

      • Layla says:

        The Cambridge’s have managed to offend and irritate the Italians, the Australians and The Scottish all in just three months! Wow
        These are our Fk and Fq. Just great.

    • Eurydice says:

      Yeah, there’s no good answer to “did he purposefully snub…” Either way, he’s an idiot. I wondered why Will was in the background at the G-7. Imagine, he would have offended 6 countries and embarrassed the UK, all at the same time.

      • Saucy&Sassy says:

        Eurydice, good point! I wonder what they thought once Kate embarrassed herself and the firm with her photo op with Dr. Biden (I won’t call it a roundtable discussion). They must be at their wit’s end trying to figure out how to make these two into monarchy material.

    • Christine says:

      Ha! Word.

  15. Esme says:

    The way he celebrated that first goal really shows you his maturity level. He was there as a fan and not as the president of the FA or in any royal capacity. I’ve never seen a president or any heads of state behave the way he did during and after the match

    • Amy Bee says:

      I mean leaders have celebrated goals at football matches before but you’re right they’ve had a lot more decorum and there’s usually some congeniality between the leaders. William really was going to use England’s win to bolster his image that’s why his post after the match was so poor.

      • Esme says:

        Don’t get me wrong you can absolutely cheer for your team but you can’t wildly celebrate and then act like a sore loser and not congratulate the president of the opposing country. That’s just childish and as a people have said above, how can you be groomed for this role and still be so bad at it.

    • Harper says:

      I felt the same way about his response. Gave me some insight into what William looks like behind the scenes when he goes incandescent. Joy and anger are both intense emotions. William’s response to the goal took up a lot of physical space. If this is what he is like when he is really happy, I can now imagine what he looks like when he is really angry. No wonder the Royals give in and/or hide from him.

  16. Chelsea says:

    I feel like if there were pics of him with President Mattarella it would have surfaced so it does look like he didnt meet him even though this match was in England and William was the most senior member of the royal family present. I’m just so amazed at how bad he is even at the little stuff and that he Kate managed to piss off both Australia and Italy in the span of weekend over something as simple as basic sports diplomacy.

  17. Nic919 says:

    It was interesting to see how the reports of William snubbing the Italian president and not congratulating the team got infiltrated by the usual KP sycophants including the blackfish first by saying that they had to leave because George was tired, of course ignoring the fact that Kate could have left with George and William stayed to do his job. Then an hour or so later, the guardian article went up about William consoling the enlightenment team with no photos of course, and then the KP sycophants started using that as the “reason” why William was rude to the Italian side.

    • Harla says:

      Using George as an excuse makes no sense (yeah I know) because if England had won the George would have been up for hours past his bedtime while his parents took credit for said win.

      • North of Boston says:

        Plus wasn’t it just a few days ago that KP was running with the “Kate is at the game to see after George so Will can get his FFK on” story?

        Seriously, pick a lane and stay in it, people!

      • Christine says:

        Yeah, this is the Disneyland of parenting. You know your child is going to be a overstimulated, overtired, over-sugared mess, and you still charge on, because important childhood memories.

        If England had won, they both would have been crowing about how George was getting to stay up late as a treat, to celebrate with the rest of England. This is parenting 101.

    • Lorelei says:

      How can their stans not see through all this? Why can’t they just admit he didn’t do a good job at this particular event? FFS he’s not Jesus Christ incarnate. He can do something wrong AND they can still be his fans. The Cambridges’ stans are as mature as their faves.

  18. Abby says:

    Maybe this is an unpopular opinion but I feel like if you’re the future head of state, you’re not there to cheer on one side or the other. You’re there to welcome everybody, the leaders and players from all countries, and be a diplomat, right? You don’t get to be unprofessionally upset when your team loses. IT IS A FRICKING GAME. Relationships with other countries, and the reputation of your own country, supersedes being mad about if your team wins.

    My opinion of him is low anyway, but this is just… do your job man. What are you even doing?

    • iforget says:

      I agree. Not only that, but this was the Euros. While we have stupidly Brexited out of the Single Market, we still belong to the continent. Statesman Bill forgot what his job was, which I guess is possible when he doesn’t do it at the best of times. I wonder if anyone asks what his job even is?

    • TabithaD says:

      The man’s a complete waste of skin.

      I even wonder if he even recognised/knew it was the Italian president? That would be a shocking level of ignorance, given William’s role, but actually it wouldn’t surprise me. He’s quite proud of not preparing for events or reading his notes, after all.

      • AlpineWitch says:

        Italian Presidents stay in the role for 7 years (Italy is a Parliamentary Republic, meaning the President is a ceremonial role plus ‘guardian of the Italian constitution), how could he not know who Mattarella was given that he’s been in the role for years now…

        Methinks Baldemort was very undiplomatic

    • Sid says:

      Well stated Abby, and ITA.

      For him to have ignored the Italian president like that is just pathetic. This guy does not care about his position, outside of what it can get him.

    • Kristin says:

      Your opinion is not unpopular, it’s spot on and I think everyone, with the exception of his sycophants, agrees with you!

  19. Amy Bee says:

    William was going to use the England victory to bolster his image. Sorry to the players on the team, I think they’re really good guys. But I’m glad they didn’t win because William and Boris were going to use the victory to promote the greatness of England and the Royal Family and sweep issues of racism and inequality under the rug.

  20. Neners says:

    If I’m the English soccer team, William is the last person in the world I’d want comforting me, especially if I’m Rashford, Sancho, or Saka. William is not an ally.

  21. My3cents says:

    So this is the “soft diplomatic power “?
    Bring in the soft engorged jokes about now….

  22. Juliette says:

    Sergio Mattarella has more class than this racist royal family. So happy that Italy won!

  23. Over it says:

    And this is why you never send children out to act as grownups. You keep them at home to play in the playroom. Willy will never grow up.

    • Agreatreckoning says:

      Haha. He does need to stay in the playpen until he learns how to play well with others. Major eye roll anytime statesman and other dignified words are used in reference to him.

  24. Snuffles says:

    He and Kate are rapidly becoming liabilities. In less than a week they managed to piss off 2 entire countries. Australia by showing bias to the other player at Wimbledon. Italy for lack of good sportsmanship and common sense diplomacy.

    Both trips to Scotland have ramped up calls for a referendum. Jamaica wants reparations. Barbados want out of the Commonwealth. Canada is tearing down statues of royals. And they have no one to send to smooth over ruffled feathers because they can’t even handle the most basic shit.

    • Merricat says:

      Agreed, Snuffles.

    • Inge says:

      Also they keep sending the royals to Scotland to improve their support for the Union yet didnt bother to have anyone come to their football games.

      Having a cheering royal at one of their games would have meant so much more then tartan barbie& glum ken roasting marshmallows

      • Aidevee says:

        Do you know, I never realised that but you’re so right. Princess Anne usually rocks up to support us in the rugby and everyone’s always a bit surprised but hey-ho, if it floats her boat then why knock it. But yes – this proves that K&W’s allegiance to Scotland extends merely to pratting about in expensive tartan outfits, and telling the church of Scotland what’s what. And who could forget those mega awkward, socially distant haggis meals they served out to the NHS workers in Dundee that time 😬. I still maintain that, if I’d spent the last 12 hours working in a hot, Covidy hospital ward, the last thing I’d want is to sit on my own having to look obsequious while eating haggis being watched over by the royal family.

    • Serena says:

      Bet they miss Harry now huh..

  25. Sunday says:

    There’s a whole article about it on the Italian HuffPo site, so I do think he snubbed the Italian president (or at least, Mattarella fully feels snubbed).

    It’s also quite curious that the bit about William going to console the English players (a) wasn’t made public until Italian media/twitter started going off about the snub, and (b) there’s not a single photo for proof. Almost as if it’s a manufactured excuse…

    But let’s say he did visit them. If he was just an English celebrity, then him visiting only the English players would be normal and fine. But he’s the FFK and he’s supposed to be neutral and diplomatic (what a joke). So, I actually disagree that him visiting only the English players is ok – I think it’s a disgraceful show of unsportsmanlike behavior coming from a supposed future head of [cosplay] state.

    • JT says:

      If he did really console the British side, I’m doubtful, I haven’t heard of any of the players saying anything about it. When people meet Prince Harry the first thing they do is talk about it to people or post on social media. Crickets for Willy. I’m sure Sako or Marcus side eye his little racism tweets as well. Will Jung Un is respected by nobody but bots and RRs.

  26. Merricat says:

    I do think that William is the result of a personality who has had every whim, every thought, granted and praised. He really does think everyone should do as he says, because everyone always has.
    Charles did not raise an heir, he raised a narcissist. William will always put himself first, before crown and country. And Kate is the same.

    • The Hench says:

      Agreed. Made worse by the fact that the clay they started with wasn’t great. Billy the Kid was known as Billy the Basher, was always jealous of the attention being anywhere but on him and was described by Ken Wharfe, a bodyguard in his childhood as ‘sly’ and later as ‘become arrogant, spoilt and difficult”

      Add to that a traumatic brain injury, no self-awareness and a basic lack of intelligence and William as a FFK is a clown car crash.

      • Moxylady says:

        What traumatic brain injury?!?

      • The Hench says:

        @Moxylady – he was hit in the head by a golf club as a child. If you look at photos you can still see the scar – lefthand side of forehead. Was operated on, Diana there, Charles just dropped in then went to the opera.

  27. Seraphina says:

    Dear Celebitches, please take note – if this is the behavior he shows in public – imagine the behavior behind closed doors.

    • gilda says:

      THIS! I wish I could highlight and add arrows pointing at your comment!!

      He was barely holding himself together. Frightening and not at all surprising that they live separate lives.

      Edited to add: I am definitely not a Kate stan or excusing her appalling behaviour, and I’m not making any assumptions in regards to domestic violence.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Another attempt by Kate stans to excuse all of her behavior for the past 20 years because she chose to hound this manchild into marriage. Kate is not a victim, and all of these insinuations that somehow she’s a victim of domestic violence? Disgusting in the face of true sufferers. Just like her fake HG was an insult to all the women who suffered greatly and/or had to terminate pregnancies because of the illness.

      • Seraphina says:

        I have no love for Kate. She made her bed and now must lay in it. She is a mean girl and has shown her colors. These two deserve each other.
        I meant it more of his behavior towards all who deal with him behind closed doors – from courtiers to Harry and Meghan. This man can’t be CIVIL on the world stage so let’s imagine what he’s like with those who deal with him without cameras and photos being snapped.

      • Nyro says:

        People always look for an out for a white woman, no matter how awful she is. They do the same thing with Melania Trump, imagining she’s being held captive and abused by Trump. It never fails and I’m sick of it. WOC are not only never given “outs” like this for deplorable behavior but we’re actually regularly blamed for shit we didn’t even do!

      • Becks1 says:

        @Seraphina I took your comment the way you said – that it was more about how he treats EVERYONE, not just Kate. Can you imagine how he treats his staff, and I dont mean just the higher ranking courtiers – like can you imagine how he treats Nanny Maria, or the chef, or his driver, etc?

      • Tessa says:

        It is sickening to read the stan posts over using the word “classy” which IMO never applied to Kate.

      • Eurydice says:

        @Seraphina – I also took your comment to be about how Will might treat everyone with which he comes in contact. And although I have no love for Kate, I’ll include her, too, because how he treats Kate can’t be hidden from his children. She might have made her bed, but the children didn’t. Will knows quite well what life is like with 2 warring parents – I hope he’s not passing that along to the next generation.

      • stagaroni says:

        If she is being abused, then I feel horrible for her and the children. That being said, it does not excuse her abusive behavior toward others. She needs to sneak off and get some counseling.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      There has been stories for years about how awful he is behind closed doors – the revolving door of staff attests to that. She isn’t any better, however given that Harry is no longer there she has likely been bearing the brunt of his rages – hence why they cannot stand to be near each other in public.

      Remember that odd story a few weeks ago (or last week) where he was alleged to have argued with his surrogate mummykins, Carol(e)? He is turning his rages onto Kate and the Mids and they are scared about what he will do.

      • Seraphina says:

        @DU, I agree with all you said. The problem is when you enable a monster and that monster grows – it may very well turn on you as well. Something that I think is lost on the Middletons.

      • Well Wisher says:

        Excellent observation.

  28. ABritGuest says:

    saw he was trending on Italian Twitter for this alleged snub. Poor behaviour if he didn’t do the bare minimum of his diplomatic duty & greet/ congratulate the Italian congregate in person- maybe Kate needs to brush up on the kingmaker lessons.

    Anyway if he’s never held accountable for his actions& the press & firm covers for him why would he do better? He is a mess of Elizabeth’s & Charles’ own making. But yeah starting to see why Harry was being sent on the tours the Cambridges should have been doing & maybe this is type of thing why Lacey seems to suggest why William needs his brother for his reign.

    • NightOwl says:

      Would it ever be an option for Prince William to step aside or be strongly encouraged to do so and have Prince Harry reign?

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        He can step aside if he chooses.

        He could be encouraged to abdicate. If he becomes such a stain that the press cannot spin him in a positive light and the people start to seriously question and put pressure on their elected officials, he will have not choice or risk the abolishment of the monarchy. That’s an extreme, but it can happen.

        And let’s not forget the Queen is the daughter of the Spare that became King while his Brother the heir was alive.

      • North of Boston says:

        I suspect Harry would have little to no interest in that. He’s escaped that den of vipers, is with his safe and sound family in Montecito, and is finding that he can still generate interest in his projects and support for causes that are important to him without being caught up in the machinations of the RF, the Institution, the RR.

        He’s out. He’s going to stay well and fully out.

        Plus I don’t think succession works like that. If Will bows out, the next in line (George) moves up; they can’t just skip George and Charlotte and Louis.

      • Aidevee says:

        It would be absolutely the last resort the British establishment would ever, ever default to. Like, ever. The whole point of them is to be consistently just, there. In the middle of everything.
        The thing is, we’ve had shitty kings and queens all the way through history. George IV springs to mind. Henry VIII was another bastard. Then there is Edward Longshanks, James II was terrible, honestly the list goes on and on. It’s easier just to pick out the few that weren’t terrible. It’s what happens when it’s supposedly left to God to decide who his appointed one should be. William will be adding himself to a whole cavalcade of historical rotters.

        I’d love for this website to have been around during the time of George IV, the comments would have been amazing.

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        Northofboston
        This is regardless of Harry coming back into the fold. That’s a separate debate because honestly who knows! Everything would be different as the spare becomes heir.

        And if it was to happen ( William abdicates from outside pressure) it’s plausible he takes his whole family out too. Which requires more, but if things got that bad it COULD happen. It’s not impossible.
        Or Harry becomes regent.

        Aidevee
        This site would have lit up! And it’s funny how the press turned from raising the heir/golden child by attacking the spare and then vice versa once roles were switched. Protections are lost.

  29. North of Boston says:

    It’s all about “us” and “them” with him.

    Between this, his lack of Presence at the G7 functions, and his stress ball and Choo Choo tours of Scotland, he’s demonstrating an appalling lack of statesmanship and diplomacy. He seems completely uninterested in even trying to engage in any “soft power” efforts. And this was at an event where he was essentially the “host” … head of the English club that was hosting.

    FFK does not look good.

    And the lack of advisers capable of guiding him to take on a more statesman-like role makes the entire Institution look a bit not good. Because if the FFK can’t do the most basic statesman/informal leader stuff, what exactly is he or the monarchy good for?

    • Rnot says:

      I’ve more and more come to believe that William has executive function deficits from at least one TBI. Executive functioning controls self-restraint, working memory, emotional control, focus, task initiation, planning/prioritization, organization, time management, defining and achieving goals, flexibility, observation and stress tolerance. Nothing else – even a lifetime of sycophancy and bad role models – explains why he’s so consistently bad at the job. Anosognosia is the formal term for lack of self-insight. It’s caused by physical damage to the brain. You see it with Alzheimer’s, strokes and schizophrenia too. Patients genuinely and sincerely believe that they’re fine even though others can see that they’re impaired.

      • Jais says:

        Maybe? Anything’s possible. Or he’s an entitled person that has grown up in a bubble.

      • Original Penguin says:

        I think he’s just entitled, petulant and lazy. Used to manipulating his family. People can be nasty without having a medical diagnosis. Just like people are entitled to make bad choices without having a psychiatric reason

  30. Jay says:

    He could have sent lynchpin Kate to congratulate the Italian team and present the trophy while he sulked off to the English dressing room. “Kate, you wanna be the peacemaker so badly? Here!”

    • TabithaD says:

      What a missed opportunity. She could’ve asked them what time it was in Rome!

    • Gubbinal says:

      I think she was still recovering from the Wimbledon presentation, which she flat out stole from the Duke of Kent. It’s his long-time patronage and she ganked it from him. They don’t know how to do award ceremonies. Seems like it should be Royalty 101?

      • Tessa says:

        His mother Princess Marina had she been around would have put Kate firmly in her place.

      • notasugarhere says:

        He remains the President of the All England whatever. She is the royal patron of it. Two different things.

  31. Lauren says:

    The British press has been continuously going off about using the RF as a soft diplomacy tool for relations with other countries. At the first public international event with cameras rolling, they completely snub the head of state of another nation. They didn’t greet president Mattarella at arrival and they didn’t greet him before leaving. It’s basic courtesy. Italian papers have taken notice of this and the response is not good for the Cambridges. It especially rubs the wrong way in Italy because Mattarella is a very much loved public figure and a great man. He has guided Italy through some really tough patches and always uses his role to promote unity, compassion, and equality to all the people living in Italy, and to see Egg and his wife ignore him really pisses me off. I see an Italian tour in the near future to clean up this pr mess.

    • Roo says:

      Lauren, which of the Magnificent 7 would they send? LOL. Edward and Sophie? No one would notice or care. William and Kate? Not a chance. They’ve screw up too much. The Queen? Nah. She’s too old to travel that much. Guess that leaves Charles and Camilla to do the dirty work of repairing relations. Too bad they don’t have a young, dynamic, engaging couple on hand. 🙄

    • Plums says:

      An Italian tour? Glorified vacation, you mean. Where the Italians have to be gracious hosts to them while they galivant around a gorgeous country eating amazing food and drinking amazing wine? They should be the ones hosting an official Italian visit where they have to be gracious hosts, if they want to make up for this poor showing.

    • Serena says:

      Oh hell no, I don’t want them here. If they can’t admit their mistake, there’s really nothing a tour could do.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Charles and Camilla like touring Italy, they might be sent.

    • Christine says:

      This is a really great point. We have all been trapped at home, worldwide, for over a year. The fact that Will and Kate can’t even function at a GREATLY reduced capacity, speaks volumes. They could, and should, have recognized that a pandemic gave them the opportunity to change everything. Literally anything they did, that was remotely positive, during the pandemic, has been received as if they are angels on high. They could have accidentally bumbled their way into being competent, during a time where none of us could be all the way competent.

  32. Keri says:

    How can one be such a petulant, incompetent ass at their job repeatedly and not be fired or benched? They keep trying to make him happen and he fails at every turn. Even with the propping of the entire Royal establishment and UK media he still fails spectacularly. He is not only useless at soft diplomacy, he’s become a huge liability. Just off the top of my head:

    * 2 failed tours in Scotland
    * The recent summit where he had zero impact
    * Failure to curb his racist jokes and always punching down
    * Joking about COVID and then hiding the fact that he had it
    * His hypocrisy on racism and mental health
    * Telling the poor to stop reproducing while he was working on lifetime welfare recipient #3
    * His recent briefings to Robert Lacey calling Meghan names & outting his own staff as the bullies
    * The years long smear campaign in the press that he lead against his brother & Meghan
    * Failing to disclose his household diversity numbers
    * His numerous gas guzzling helicopter trips
    * Approaching 40 with not one single initiative or charity that he can call his own that has impacted anyone in a meaningful way, despite all the help he has at his disposal
    * And his latest feat, not congratulating the Italian President and team for winning as President of the FA.

    This guy is such a joke. As someone who is supposed to represent the UK and it’s people, he is such a huge embarrassment.

    • ArtHistorian says:

      He can’t be fired because that’s not how a monarchy works. The eldest gets the top job, regardless of his/her capabilities. And you can’t get rid of the duds.

  33. Pickles says:

    William took England’s loss personally and reacted poorly. Any good sportsman knows you shake hands and say ‘good game’ with the other side, regardless if you won or not. This is another missed opportunity by him to look like a leader and set a good example. It’s kind of typical behaviour now tho.

  34. Sof says:

    He is also being criticized for not saying anything about the appalling behaviour English fans showed throughout the competition: booing other anthems, making fun of a crying little girl and ganging up on their rivals at the stadium.
    So, it’s wrong to say racist things to English people but it’s ok to do this to foreigners.

  35. Tessa says:

    The excuse of course will be George “needing comforting” from his parents and their having to take him home. I don’t think George should have been there in the first place.

  36. Catherine says:

    IMO. The failure to greet the Italian president upon arrival or congratulate him before leaving is a glaring diplomatic faux pas. He would have been seated in the same VIP/Dignitaries area as the Cambridge’s so you would think it would have been arranged. The only excuse I can think of is that Boris Johnson was there so perhaps he was the official representative and those diplomatic duties fell to him but it is still a bad look particularly since the Italians are making a fuss about it. The trophy presentation issue is iffy to me. There were pictures of William seated next to the UEFA president. If he was supposed to be involved in the presentation he probably would have gone ahead. Likely, they had a plan to include him somehow if England won. But from a diplomatic/sportsmanship standpoint he should have at least stayed for the presentation whether he participated in not. If he spoke to the players in the locker room afterwards That means he was still in the stadium while the presentation was going on. If there were pictures of him applauding the Italian team the failure to greet/congratulate the Italian President directly wouldn’t seem as bad. I don’t think he was deliberately snubbing the Italians I just think he is thoughtless. He is not the stateman/diplomat they try to claim that he is and he is just generally lacking in social/emotional intelligence.

    • Plums says:

      doesn’t Italy have a Prime Minister that is Bojo’s equivalent, but the Italian President is the head of state and the counterpart to the British monarchy, of which William was representing? So he should have been the one fulfilling the diplomatic function of a head of state, not Boris Johnson.

    • Lizzie says:

      If they were all in the same section then there is no other word for it but a snub, and a deliberate one at that.

  37. Tessa says:

    I fear for George who will develop his father’s attitude. It should have been the ‘best team won today.” William is a real sour person.

  38. Maria says:

    Putting this here too because I am cackling – Oprah’s interview with Harry and Meghan scored an Emmy nomination while Prince William: A Planet For Us All that he submitted did not.

  39. Midge says:

    Diana knew that William did not have the temperament for any of this.

  40. J ferber says:

    I half expected William to start a ” Stop the Steal” campaign, because in the actual words of our seditious former guy, “Actually, we won.” So, to go to the bottom of the barrel, kudos to William for not doing and saying any of that. Like I said, a very low bar (subterranean, really).

  41. aquarius64 says:

    The wrong son of Diana is becoming king.

    • Sid says:

      Aquarius, and it seems there are people over there that know it. More and more it is becoming clear why Lacey and all the others keep clucking about how Harry is needed for William’s reign. Why Harry was always brought along to be the third wheel on engagements with William and Kate. William can’t hack it on his own and Kate is zero help. If William ever makes it to throne he will bring the whole thing down around everyone’s heads.

  42. serena says:

    He’s such a petty little b1tch.

    I don’t care if he didn’t congratulate the italian team, he HAD TO greet and congratulate the italian President. That’s not only basic manners but also his effing job, he was not there as a fan (although that’s all it looks like) and no amount of excuses are gonna make it better. That George had to go to bed.. LOL… that’s one incredibly dumb and embarrassing story and nobody believes it.

    Oh I’m so glad Harry flew out of the mess the RF is. I see what Harry’s role was now, he was supposed to do all the(ir) work while Willy and Keen bashed in the glory and power and used him as a shield.
    Let Willy deal with his OWN (non)actions for once, and no matter how the British press is chosing to ignore his shortcomings in favour of bashing an innocent woman of color who would have bought positive change for everybody, the world is watching with wide open eyes as Willy keeps making a fool out of himself -and his family- for all to see.

  43. Likeyoucare says:

    I think the courtiers or the person in charge for willie are relief that willie didnt congratulate the italian president or players,

    Can you imagine how willie will behave on live television? His enrage face and the hafeful words that will come out of his gritted ugly mouth will ensure a World War 3!

    Willie the FFK is incompetent and stupid just like his hired staffs.

  44. DuchessL says:

    Petty and small. This shows how very much not great of a King he will be. Selfish vision with a lack of human connection, grace & elegance. But we knew that already since what, 3 years?

  45. TEALIEF says:

    He’s not a natural at the job and he refuses to learn because that requires work, and he and his wife are work averse. The crux of it is he’s an awful person. His courtiers should him wake in morning with MJ’s “Man in the Mirror” on full blast.

    I’m starting with the man in the mirror
    I’m asking him to change his ways.
    And no message could have been any clearer.
    If you want to make the world a better place.
    Take a look at yourself, and then make that Change!
    Chamon!