In a new interview, the royal dad says he hopes Prince George will join him at soccer matches – if Princess Kate agrees to it

By Phil Boucher
May 28, 2015 12:20 PM
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Prince William would love for his son Prince George to join him in the soccer stands – if he can get the go-ahead from his wife, Princess Kate.

“I’ll have to pass that by the missus, see how I can get away with it! William tells BBC reporter Gary Lineker in a new interview to be aired ahead of the FA Cup soccer final on Saturday.

The prince, 32, is a huge fan of Aston Villa Football Club and admits that he’s hoping 22-month-old son Prince George shares his allegiance.

“The responsible thing would be to say to let him make his own mind up, but I think I might be quite biased! William tells Lineker, adding, “I haven t quite worked out how to play that yet.

“He can support whoever he wants, but if he supports Villa, it’d be fantastic. I’d love to go to the odd match with him in the future.”

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But if George goes his own way, William also notes that his 1-month-old daughter, Princess Charlotte, could end up in the “Villains” camp: “It’ll probably end up being that Charlotte is the Villa fan, and George will go and support someone else!”

William will be attending the prestigious FA Cup Final at London’s Wembley Stadium on Saturday in his capacity as President of the English Football Association.

Along with watching his favorite team in action, he could get to fulfill every fan’s dream of handing the historic trophy to the Aston Villa captain should they triumph over London rivals Arsenal FC – also known as “The Gunners.”

“I’m nervous now! I’m terrified,” William says about the prospect.

“I’ve had plenty of Gunner fans come up to me and say, ‘Just you wait next week’ – suddenly everyone’s a Gunner fan when it comes to that. I’ll be very nervous.”

While Prince George may one day follow in his dad’s footsteps and adopt the claret and blue strip of Aston Villa, this is one match he’ll have to watch at home on TV.

“At the moment, being only 22 months, it’s a little bit early,” he says.

As for his own experiences of watching football – they are surprisingly un-princely. William chose to support Aston Villa because they are “middle of the table” and could give him “more emotional rollercoaster moments” but now admits that may have been something of an error.

“To be honest, now looking back, that was a bad idea,” he cracks. “I could have had an easier time!”

One thing is for certain: With the soccer world in turmoil following the FBI’s raids on governing body FIFA, the English at least have a proper “football” man at the helm – one who is definitely one of the fans.

“One of the first FA Cup games I went to was Bolton versus Aston Villa, back in 2000,” reveals William.

“It was fantastic, I sat with all the fans, I had my red beanie on . . . It was just the atmosphere, the camaraderie, and I really felt that there was something I could connect with.”

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