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Behind the Controversy: The Prince of Wales Shows Support for English Team Before World Cup

Controversy broke out the other day when Prince Charles, a.k.a. The Prince of Wales, publicly supported the English soccer team, The Three Lions. The root of the issue has to do with the fact that his very title is meant to symbolize his loyalty and devotion to the country of Wales. Many were upset by his backing of The Three Lions in preparation for the upcoming FIFA World Cup, as he supported the team that is in competition with the Welsh team, The Dragons.

Among the many voices that have spoken out about their disapproval of the Prince of Wales backing the English team over the Welsh is famous Welsh actor Michael Sheen. Sheen tweeted yesterday about the issue, first prefacing with, “He can, of course, support whoever he likes and as Pres of FA, his role makes visit understandable,” before going on to underscore the issue he saw with it, stating, “but surely he sees holding the title Prince of Wales at the same time is entirely inappropriate? Not a shred of embarrassment? Or sensitivity to the problem here?” This is how those who were upset by Prince Charles’ actions felt about the issue, but on the flip side, there were also people defending the Prince.

Those who went to the Prince’s defense claimed that his role as President of the FA made it entirely justified for him to publicly support the team. Many have also stated that his title is just that- a title- and that he is entitled as an individual to have individual likes and interests and should be allowed to support whatever team he desires to. 

Prince Charles didn’t waste any time in responding to the controversy, however. The prince responded to the issue by addressing reporters while in Cardiff, stating, “I support both. I support England more in football, but Wales in 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.” He rounded out the statement with one more statement meant to appease Welsh citizens who were upset by the public display, “Getting to the World Cup is a big deal, and I’ll be supporting Wales through the process.”

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