Prince William celebrates Leicester's FA Cup victory at covid-19 pilot event

Prince William was mask-free for the occasion

Prince William at the FA Cup Final
Prince William presented Leicester with the FA Cup trophy
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Prince William celebrated Leicester City's FA Cup Final win against Chelsea on Saturday as the Future King took part in a covid-19 pilot event. 


Prince William was one of 21,000 people present at Wembley Stadium on Saturday to watch Leicester City win the FA Cup for the first time in the club's history. 

Leicester City beat Chelsea FC 1-0 in the nail-biting game at Wembley Stadium, the first match in months to be attended by 21,000 fans - all of whom had to prove they'd had a negative covid test to enter, as part of the government's pilot scheme to trial what life after lockdown looks like for mass events. 

The Duke of Cambridge met players before the match, before handing over the Emirates FA cup trophy to Kasper Schmeichel after their victorious win. 

The Future King went on to pay tribute to the club on Instagram and thanked fans for creating a "fantastic atmosphere".

 

It was Prince William's first public appearance since his father Prince Charles was questioned about Prince Harry's comments about his parenting on an American podcast, Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard. 

Two months after accusing the royal family of racist remarks in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Prince Harry - who is expecting a daughter with wife Meghan Markle - poured his heart out about the "genetic pain" being passed down the family from his own father. 

Speaking on the mental health podcast, Harry said, "I don't think we should be pointing the finger or blaming anybody, but certainly when it comes to parenting, if I've experienced some form of pain or suffering because of the pain or suffering that perhaps my father or my parents had suffered, I'm going to make sure I break that cycle so that I don't pass it on, basically.

"It's a lot of genetic pain and suffering that gets passed on anyway so we as parents should be doing the most we can to try and say, 'you know what, that happened to me, I'm going to make sure that doesn't happen to you'."

The Duke of Sussex went on to liken his life in the royal family as a "mixture between the Truman Show and being in a zoo," hence his decision to quit last year and move to America. 

Prince William at the FA Cup Final

Prince William chatted to the players before the match 

(Image credit: Getty)

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Prince Harry's admission comes months after he claimed Prince William is "trapped" in the institution.

With his role within the family set to increase in the coming years, royal expert Duncan Larcombe previously warned the Duke needs to steer clear of another public royal feud with his brother. 

Writing in his Woman column, Duncan says, “Prince William must let his head rule his heart, now that Harry and Meghan have passed the point of no return. 

“No matter how tempted he must be to tear a strip off his younger brother, the future king must focus on the bigger picture. While Harry is now free to do and say what he likes, William remains constrained by the confines of royal life.”

Prince William must put his personal feelings to one side for the sake of his family.

“It is unthinkable that the future king could risk being dragged into a transatlantic popularity contest,” says Duncan. 

Now, the Duke must focus on the important work his family are doing. 

Duncan adds, “William needs to leave Harry and Meghan to carve out the future they have chosen. He and Kate can focus on their own work as royals and continuing the family legacy that Harry has turned his back on.”

Georgia Farquharson
Georgia Farquharson

Georgia studied Print Journalism at university in Nottingham, England before going on to work on several leading celebrity magazines, as well as freelance writing for international magazine Grazia Middle East. An enthusiastic, hard-working and ambitious writer, Georgia recently launched her own communications consultancy, farq media. As Director and Founder, Georgia helps businesses with their Public Relations strategy, as well as influencer and celebrity marketing. She also represents several influencers of her own. She lives with this motto in mind; "if your dreams don't scare you, they aren't big enough."