Euro 2020: Prince William ‘wanted George to wear England shirt to Wembley’

Prince George William Kate Middleton Euro 2020 final

Prince George looked like a Prince William mini-me at the Euro 2020 final – but he would have been wearing a football shirt if it were up to William (Picture: The FA via Getty Images)

The Duke of Cambridge reportedly wanted Prince George to wear an England football shirt as the family watched the Three Lions’ showdown with Italy – but Kate Middleton ‘wasn’t keen’.

The seven-year-old royal was all of us on Sunday night as he cheered in disbelief when England took an early lead – only to look crestfallen when the team’s penalty shootout curse struck once again.

He was spotted wearing a suit and tie to Wembley – but would have struck a far less formal look if his dad had his way.

The claim comes from tennis champion Marion Bartoli who met the Duchess of Cambridge at Wimbledon this week.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, she said: ‘Yesterday I had an afternoon tea with the duchess and it was very much a discussion whether George will be allowed to wear the jersey tonight at Wembley or not.

‘William was for it, Kate not so keen, so we’ll see.’

The men’s Euro final was the second game George was spotted at after watching England beat old rivals Germany two weeks prior.

The third in line to the throne ‘begged’ his dad to take him to the football – and was more than happy to wear a suit, a royal expert has claimed.

Duncan Larcombe, former royal editor for The Sun, said Prince William is George’s ‘absolute hero’.

William and KAte and Prince George celebrates a goal by Luke Shaw of England 0-1 11.07.2021 Italy v England, European Championship - Final Kevin Quigley/ EURO 2020 Newspapers Pool

The seven-year-old was ecstatic when Luke Shaw netted a goal for England in two minutes (Picture: Kevin Quigley/EURO20 Newspapers)
But he went home disappointed like the rest of us (Picture: UEFA via Getty Images)

He told OK!: ‘William would never have normally taken him to the football because it was an official outing in his role as president of the FA, but George absolutely begged to be allowed to come along.

‘Kate and William are at pains to never expose the children unnecessarily to the cameras but he twisted their arm eventually.’

Mr Larcombe added: ‘George idolises his dad. That’s why we saw him looking so smart in his suit – he really wanted to dress like William.’

It comes as hundreds of thousands of fans sign a petition calling for people who racially abuse footballers to be banned from grounds for life.

England players Marcus RashfordJadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka were flooded with disgusting slurs and monkey emojis online after missing penalties.

The Duke of Cambridge showed his support for the players, saying he was ‘sickened’ by the vile behaviour.

Tyrone Mings has slammed Home Secretary Priti Patel after she hit out at the racist abuse one month after criticising the squad for taking the knee at matches.

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