Prince William did not travel to Australia to watch the England Lionesses compete in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Final.
The Duke of Cambridge shared a message with his daughter, Princess Charlotte, apologizing for not attending the match in person. He also took a few moments to wish the Lionesses best of luck in the final.
“Lionesses, want to wish you a huge good luck for tomorrow. We’re sorry we can’t be there in person.” Prince William said in the video as his daughter sat alongside him on a bench.
He also praised the team for inspiring people across the globe.
“But we’re so proud of everything you’ve achieved and the millions you’ve inspired here and around the world,” he continued. “So go out there tomorrow and really enjoy yourselves.”
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The 8-year-old Princess Charlotte held a soccer ball and added an emphatic “Good luck, Lionesses!”
A BBC report from earlier in the week revealed that Prince William would remain in the United Kingdom to watch the World Cup final.
The report mentioned that the prince’s climate change concerns impacted his decision to opt out of the taking the lengthy flight.
“It is understood he made the decision to avoid making long-distance flights for a very short stay in Australia,” the BBC report stated. “The prince has made tackling climate change one of his priorities and is believed to be concerned about the impact of such a journey.”
Prince Williams serves as the President of the Football Association, the game’s governing body in England. He has pubically supported England’s national women’s team in their previous World Cup matches.
“What a phenomenal performance from the @Lionesses — on to the final! Commiserations to @TheMatildas, you’ve played brilliantly and been fantastic co-hosts of this World Cup,” he wrote on X, the company formerly known as Twitter, earlier this week following England’s win over Australia’s national women’s team.
England plays Spain in the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup final on August 20 at 6 a.m. EST at Stadium Australia.