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Prince William booed by fans during FA Cup finals

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During BBC broadcast of the Duke of Cambridge shaking hands with players ahead of Saturday’s match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium, the fans booed.

At the FA Cup Final yesterday, Liverpool fans booed Prince William and the National Anthem, causing great indignation.

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Before the game, the Duke of Cambridge, who is also the president of the Football Association, was introduced to Chelsea and Liverpool players to boos.

While the sombre Prince stood singing God Save the Queen, fans gesticulated and made obscene hand gestures. Thousands of supporters’ reaction was slammed throughout the political spectrum yesterday night.

After the game, which Liverpool won after a dramatic penalty shootout, Prince William presented the winning team with medals. There was no more booing.

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The disagreement erupted just a day after Prince William presented cancer-stricken campaigner Deborah James with a damehood before sharing afternoon tea and champagne with her and her family.

MPs condemn the act

‘I utterly condemn any supporters who booed Prince William at Wembley tonight,’ declared Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle.

‘The FA Cup final should be a moment when we as a country come together.’ It should not be damaged by the actions of a small group of supporters. This is especially bad in this year of all years, the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.’

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‘It is completely inappropriate and terrible that supporters booed Prince William,’ said Karen Bradley, a Tory MP and former Culture Secretary. I would strongly urge the FA to take all necessary steps to find and punish those who are culpable.’

‘We have the most amazing Monarch, and the supporters who booed do not reflect their clubs or our country,’ added Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey.

Background

It’s the latest in a string of poor headlines for the future king, following a disastrous trip to the Caribbean that featured protesters and public relations gaffes.

After their tumultuous trips to Belize, Jamaica, and the Bahamas, Prince William and Kate Middleton want to modernise the Royal Family.

This would entail removing bows and curtsies, as well as their ceremonial titles, and referring to them simply as Kate and William.

The tour’s scrutiny reached a climax when Prince William issued an extraordinary end-of-tour statement, conceding that it had ‘called into even clearer focus questions about the past and the future’.

Many have called for a stop to similar international travels by members of the royal family in the wake of criticism over their tour’s ‘colonial-era’ optics.

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