Tuesday 27 September 2016

Prince George and Princess Charlotte will hopefully follow FA Cup finalists Aston Villa, says nervous dad William

Published 26/05/2015 | 14:28

As president of English football's governing body, the Football Association (FA), Prince William will attend the final at Wembley Stadium and present the cup to the winning team.
As president of English football's governing body, the Football Association (FA), Prince William will attend the final at Wembley Stadium and present the cup to the winning team.

Prince George and little sister Princess Charlotte may follow their father's lead and become Aston Villa football club supporters, the Duke of Cambridge has suggested.

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William's two young children could join the ranks of other celebrity Villa fans like Prime Minister David Cameron, violinist Nigel Kennedy and Hollywood star Tom Hanks.

The Duke's comments came during an interview with Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker which will be broadcast ahead of Saturday's FA Cup final between Aston Villa and holders Arsenal.

As president of English football's governing body, the Football Association (FA), William will attend the final at Wembley Stadium and present the cup to the winning team.

In the interview, which will air during BBC One's Cup Final build up, he speaks about how he became a Villa fan, his nerves ahead of the match and the possibility of both his children supporting his football team, BBC Sport have said.

The Duke also spoke passionately about his role as FA president and his desire to support the grassroots of the game.

William met the England Women's World Cup football squad at the National Football Centre in Staffordshire last week before they left to start their campaign in Canada.

He quipped to the players he might be left very disappointed after the FA Cup final, telling some of the squad: "It's either going to be a very good day for me, or a very bad day."

William has been FA president for nine years after taking over the role from his uncle, the Duke of York, in May 2006.

He played a role in England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup, joining a delegation in Switzerland in 2010 which included David Cameron and David Beckham, but it ultimately failed.

Speaking about the interview, Lineker said: "It was fascinating to spend some time with the Duke of Cambridge and hear more about his passion for the game.

"He is genuinely excited about the Cup Final and it's great that we can showcase his enthusiasm for Villa to the Match of the Day audience."

The interview, filmed at Kensington Palace, will be aired at 5pm on Saturday as part of the corporation's Cup Final coverage.

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