Instead, the Prince of Wales shared a video message with his daughter Princess Charlotte, as the Football Association (FA) chairman apologized to the Lionesses for not traveling to Australia to cheer them on during their final against Spain on Sunday night.
Prince William posted the video on Twitter and Instagram simultaneously to wish England “good luck”.
However, many thought that the future king was using his daughter to escape criticism, but in doing so he was courting her.
Using Princess Charlotte as a PR shield to avoid backlash over the deplorable decision not to support #lionesses in person as chairman of the FA, is stereotypically sexist and patriarchal. Brings out a cute young girl instead🙄
— Dr. Shola Mos-Shogbamimu (@SholaMos1) August 19, 2023
Women’s rights activist Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu said: “Use Princess Charlotte as a PR shield to avoid backlash over the deplorable decision not to support #Lionesses in person. as FA Chairman, is stereotyped sexist and patriarchal. Seriously brings out Prince William’s pretty young daughter lack of common sense #WorldCupFinal”.
Carol Vorderman also shared her anger: “FA Chairman Prince William is not traveling to support the Lionesses in the World Cup final. Spain’s Queen Letizia is going with her 16-year-old daughter.
“NOTE that the British Royal Family is the MOST EXPENSIVE in Europe (2021), Spain is the cheapest. ALSO NOTE that the British Royal Family will get a 45% untaxed pay rise in 2025 from 86 million from £125m to £125m. For what exactly?”
I find it truly inconceivable that @RishiSunak AND Prince William (the chairman of the FA, no less) wouldn’t be in the World Cup final if it was the men’s team playing. Accepting happy might be impossible for the prime minister, given other commitments.
But Prince William?
— Jon Sopel (@jonsopel) August 19, 2023
Jon Sopel, host of the daily podcast The News Agents, took aim at both Prince William and Prime Minister Rishi Sunak for seemingly neglecting the Lionesses. He said: “I really think it’s inconceivable that @RishiSunak AND Prince William (the FA chairman, no less) would. I wouldn’t be in the World Cup final if the men’s team was playing.
“Happy to accept, it might be impossible for the Prime Minister given other commitments. But Prince William? Why?”
Others, however, have defended the prince, such as TV presenter Dan Walker: “I hope the @Lionesses make it happen today. I don’t know why some people are so angry that the prince William does not come to the game.
“We all know he would get hammered because of the cost and climate impact of flying to Australia for a football match. Go England.”