Prince William reveals bucket hat he wore to watch Wales’ World Cup match
22nd November 2022

Prince William flew the Welsh flag during the national football team's World Cup game against USA today.

It ended all-square at Al Rayyan's Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, with former Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur superstar Gareth Bale earning 'The Dragons' a vital point after the opponent's Timothy Weah broke the deadlock on 36 minutes with a cute, outside-of-the-boot finish.

Just before kick-off, the official Prince and Princess of Wales' Twitter account posted a shot of a red, green and yellow-coloured bucket hat emblazoned with the Welsh crest next to Prince William's TV remote.

A subsequent personal message from him read: "After reaching the #FIFAWorldCup for the first time since 1958, it’s only right to watch the first @Cymru game in style. Thanks for the bucket hat @ElinCeredigion! W."


This was in reference to the 40 year old's visit to the Senedd (Welsh parliament) last week out in Cardiff, where he got chatting to longtime member Llywydd Elin Jones about the notion of 'inauthentically' switching his allegiance to Wales at the footy tournament in Qatar.

“I tell people I am supporting both," he said, according to Wales Online. "I can't lose. I have supported England since I was quite small. I support England more in the football but Wales in the rugby.

"When I was growing up Wales didn’t get through to the tournaments but I will be supporting them all the way through the process. Getting to the World Cup is a big deal and I’ll be supporting Wales through the process."

During their meeting, Llywydd handed the English royal the colourful bucket hat.


Prior to the Three Lions, who smashed Iran 6-2 earlier today, jetting out to Doha, Prince William greeted each player with an individual package containing their shirt number, information on the history of the number's wearer, and an inspirational message from manager Gareth Southgate.

"What you and Gareth have built here is something special, that's clear to see," he declared to the likes of striker Harry Kane, goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and winger Raheem Sterling.

“Play for each other, support each other, enjoy it, and I'm sure you'll go far. I'm really here to point out the rest of the country is behind you, we're all rooting for you. Enjoy it.”

Next up for England is the USA at 7pm this Friday (November 25), while Wales are scheduled to play Iran at 10am the same day.

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