Prince William’s supportive gesture to Lionesses ahead of Women’s Euros win

The Duke of Cambridge reportedly visited the England Team at some of their training camps as he showed he's a 'big fan and supporter'...

Prince William’s supportive gesture to England team revealed, seen here talking with Mary Earps of England following the UEFA Women's Euro England 2022 final match
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Prince William’s supportive gesture to England’s Lionesses ahead of their Women’s Euro 2022 win has been revealed as it’s said he's "built a friendship" with the players.

Just like many members of The Firm, Prince William is known for his love of sports and if there’s one that especially comes to mind connected with him, it's football. As President of the Football Association, the Queen’s grandchild has been spotted cheering from the stands during several high-profile international tournaments in recent years. Perhaps the most iconic of all his football appearances was when he attended the Women’s Euro 2022 final on July 31st and William broke a royal rule and hugged the Lionesses

Despite fans begging William to bring Prince George and Princess Charlotte to enjoy the final, he came to this high-profile event alone. Though a new video of Charlotte talking as she wished the Lionesses good luck ahead of the game was truly adorable. 

Now Prince William’s supportive gesture to the England players has been revealed and it seems he’s built a new “friendship” with the team…

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, congratulates Jill Scott during the UEFA Women's Euro England 2022 final match

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Opening up to OK!, Team England defender Lucy Bronze revealed that William had been to visit them during their training, with the publication reporting that he’d attended to cheer them on. 

"He gets on really well with Jill Scott because he’s come to a couple of our camps and Jill is our longest serving player so they’ve built up a friendship,” she claimed to the publication, before going on to describe William’s delighted interaction with Jill after the Lionesses’ historic victory.

Lucy continued, "Jill said he basically jumped on top of her and hugged her so tight! It’s nice to know he’s a big fan and supporter. He’s not just handing out the medals, he’s been to see us play plenty of times."

The football star also light-heartedly reflected upon William’s joyful reaction as she declared, “I think he was more excited than some of the players!" 

Following the Lionesses’ 2-1 win against Germany, the Duke of Cambridge congratulated each player and presented them with well-deserved medals. Prince William’s supportive gesture in reportedly visiting them during training certainly seems to have been appreciated and his excitement as a “big fan and supporter” shone through in their interactions on the pitch.

These attracted the attention of fans and commentators alike, with former royal butler Grant Harrold previously alleging to OK! that the football-loving future King is eager to show the “real him” in public and be open with his emotions. 

Beth Mead of England shakes hands with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge following the UEFA Women's Euro 2022 final match

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“As he does more work and gets to grips with his role, he wants people to see the real him which is why we’ve seen a lot more affection recently,” he stated. “He’s really eased into his role.”

Prince William certainly seemed at ease taking a more personal approach to expressing his admiration and delight at the Euro 2022 final following the Lionesses' impressive victory. Though it's not known when the Duke of Cambridge might next reunite in public with the talented team, he'll likely be eager to cheer them on again at their next major tournament. 

Emma Shacklock
Senior Lifestyle Writer

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with six years of experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home,, and My Imperfect Life.