Prince William joked that he 'still has scars' from England player Jill Scott

Prince William was at Wembley tonight cheering on the women's team in the Euro 2022 final

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Prince William was at Wembley today cheering on the Lionesses to victory, but did you know the Duke has previously joked that he 'still has scars' after tackle from England player Jill Scott.

  • Prince William experienced the power of England's women's football team first-hand when he played against them in a charity match.
  • The Duke of Cambridge was wiped out by a tackle by Jill Scott, to which he jokes should have warranted a "yellow card".
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Tonight saw England's Lionesses achieve victory, bringing it home for England and making the nation proud. Before the game, William and Charlotte cheered on England's Lionesses ahead of Euro final.

And Prince William knows himself just how skilled the England's women's team can be, after he was wiped out with a tackle by star player Jill Scott. 

Apparently, the Duke joked that the foul should have been given a "yellow card" and it's now a running joke between himself and the football player. 

According to reporting from The Mirror, midfielder said of the incident, “It stems back to about 10 years ago when we did a charity event and I slipped and side-tackled him and actually wiped him out. 

Prince William and Jill Scott embracing

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"The running joke whenever he sees us is, ‘No yellow cards this tournament Jill!"

During a kickabout at Kensington Palace, William, once joked that he still had a scar on his leg from Jill's tackle, according to reports from The Mirror.

Jokes aside, it's clear the pair share a mutual respect.  

When Jill was granted her MBE for services to women's football, Prince William personally congratulated her with a handwritten letter, telling her to "keep up the good work".

Speaking on her BBC podcast, Jill Scott’s Coffee Club, she said of his letter, “That’s probably the best thing I have ever received. You know what, next time I see him I might say, ‘Can I come to Buckingham Palace?’ He’s a great guy.”

England forward Ellen White, 33, added, “He absolutely loves Jill. From the times we have met him, he’s straight to Jill, chatting. He’s such a nice guy.”

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