Prince William has been criticized by Lionesses fans for missing the Women’s World Cup final, which took place in Australia on Sunday.
The Duke of Cambridge is the president of the Football Association (FA), and is therefore expected to attend major football events. However, he was not present for the final, which saw England beat Spain 2-1.
Some fans have accused William of not being a “true supporter” of women’s football, while others have said that his absence is a sign of the FA’s lack of commitment to the sport.
The FA has said that William is “a passionate supporter of women’s football” and that he “missed the final due to a prior commitment.” However, this has not appeased fans, who have taken to social media to express their disappointment.
One fan tweeted: “How can the president of the FA not be at the Women’s World Cup final? It’s a disgrace.”
Another fan said: “It’s clear that the FA doesn’t take women’s football seriously if William couldn’t even be bothered to show up for the final.”
The criticism of William comes at a time when women’s football is enjoying a surge in popularity. The Lionesses’ run to the World Cup final has captured the imagination of the nation, and many fans are now calling for the FA to do more to support the sport.
It remains to be seen whether William will attend future Women’s World Cup finals. However, his absence from the final this year has sparked a debate about the FA’s commitment to women’s football.
In addition to the criticism from fans, William has also been criticized by some politicians. Labour MP Jess Phillips said that William’s absence was “a missed opportunity” to show his support for women’s football.
Phillips said: “It’s a shame that the Duke of Cambridge couldn’t make it to the final. He is the president of the FA, and it would have been a great opportunity to show his support for women’s football.
“The Lionesses have done us proud, and they deserve to have their achievements celebrated by the country’s most senior royal.”