The FA is confident Prince William will remain chairman during the World Cup despite conflicting commitments with the Prince of Wales’ new role… with England meeting the Dragons in Qatar
- The new Prince of Wales has been president of the English FA since 2006
- He is a lifelong Aston Villa fan and is often seen watching England matches
- Prince William celebrated with the Lionesses after they won the Euros in July
- Despite following England in football, the Prince supports Wales in Rugby
- The FA is confident he will remain in the role for the upcoming World Cup
The FA is confident the newly ennobled Prince of Wales will remain chairman of the governing body during the World Cup, which will include a potential test of his loyalty when England meet Wales in Qatar.
Prince William has been chairman of the FA since 2006, and while Buckingham Palace has yet to confirm he will retain the role after inheriting his new title from King Charles III, FA sources are confident he will stay on in the short term at minimum.
Unlike his father, Prince William is a huge football fan, supporting Aston Villa since childhood and regularly attending England matches.
She also visited England’s women’s training camp ahead of this summer’s European Championships and was at Wembley when the Lionesses beat Germany in the final to win the country’s first major trophy for 56 years in July.
The Prince of Wales is expected to remain chairman of the English FA for the time being
The FA is confident it will continue to have the role for the upcoming World Cup in Qatar
Gareth Southgate’s side will play Wales in their World Cup group stage, raising a potential conflict of faith for the Prince of Wales
England meet Wales in their final Group B clash on November 29 in a repeat of their 2016 European Championship clash in Lens.
Although England won that game, Wales reached the semi-finals under Chris Coleman, leading Prince William to write a congratulatory letter to the players in which he praised them for going further in the tournament than England.
While Prince William is an England fan, he supports Wales in rugby.
Prince William’s loyalty may be tested given his new title and support for Wales rugby
He celebrated with the Lionesses after they won the European Championships in July
Victory for Sarina Wiegman’s side gave England their first major trophy in 56 years