Which football team does Prince William support and why does he cheer for Wales in rugby?
PRINCE William has been a fan of sport all of his life and has attended numerous big events over the years.
The Duke of Cornwall and Cambridge has been present for huge rugby matches, is patron of the Welsh Rugby Union, has been known to attend Wimbledon finals and big events during the 2012 London Olympics.
But his true sporting passion lies with football.
He is a FA president and regularly attends England matches.
You would be wrong in thinking that William supports the team his dad, King Charles, does.
Charles supports Burnley. But when William was younger, he decided to go a different route.
Who does Prince William support?
William supports Aston Villa and has been present at plenty of their games over the past two decades.
Explaining his reasoning for supporting Villa, he said that he didn’t want to follow in the footsteps of schoolmates who all chose to support Manchester United or Chelsea.
Prince William said: “A long time ago at school I got into football big time. I was looking around for clubs.
“All my friends at school were either Manchester United fans or Chelsea fans and I didn’t want to follow the run of the mill teams.
“I wanted to have a team that was more mid-table that could give me more emotional rollercoaster moments.
“Aston Villa’s always had a great history. I have got friends of mine who support Aston Villa and one of the first FA Cup games I went to was Bolton v Aston Villa back in 2000. Sadly, Villa went on to lose to Chelsea.
“It was fantastic, I sat with all the fans with my red beanie on, and I sat with all the Brummie fans and had a great time.
“It was the atmosphere, the camaraderie and I really felt that there was something I could connect with.
“People like Paul Merson were playing and I thought if people like him can play as well as he does, knowing the struggles he was under at the time…this is a club I can support.
“I was also born in ‘82, the year we won the (European) Cup, so I feel the history and pedigree around Villa has always been quite close to me.”
Which international rugby team does William support?
When it comes to the oval ball, the Duke of Cornwall and Cambridge backs Wales.
He is patron of the Welsh Rugby Union and is regularly seen at major international fixtures.
During the 2015 Rugby World Cup, when England and Wales played each other in the same pool, he was wearing a red Welsh jersey at Twickenham, while Harry wore a white English shirt.
Wales won the match 28-25 and the Red Rose were dumped out of their home World Cup a few days later.
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