On Sunday the England women's national soccer team won the European Championship on home soil. As President of the English Football Association, Prince William was also present at the final against Germany at the legendary Wembley Stadium in London. At the award ceremony, the British royal even hugged some players - and whispered something to them. We show the moment again in the video.
After beating Germany
Captain Leah Williamson now revealed what the British heir to the throne whispered in her ear."I think I was about to shake his hand when he said, 'Leah, come here' and I said, 'Thank you, sir.' He said: 'I'm very proud of you all,'" she told UK newspaper Mirror.
Actually, hugging a royal is breaking a taboo, as RTL nobility expert Michael Begasse explains. But soccer fan Prince William didn't seem to mind on Sunday night. He hugged back those who wanted it, beaming with joy. He congratulated the others with a handshake.
The Royals congratulated the team after the win
Together with daughter Charlotte, Prince William wished the England women's national football team the best of luck ahead of the final. The two published a video greeting on Instagram. “We both want to wish the Lionesses the best of luck for tonight. You played an incredible competition and we're keeping our fingers crossed that you make it," says William in the selfie video clip. Charlotte, sitting on his lap, adds: "Good luck, I hope you win. Bye!”
After the team won 2-1 in extra time, Queen Elizabeth II also congratulated the footballers. She wrote on her Instagram channel: "My heartiest congratulations and those of my family to you all on winning the European Women's Football Championship."