Prince William looked in high spirits as he supported England in the team’s semi-final showdown against Denmark at Wembley this evening.
The Duke of Cambridge, 39, who looked dapper in a suit, could be seen applauding from the stands as he cheered on Gareth Southgate‘s Three Lions squad.
He joined Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie, as well as Danish royals Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, 49, and her husband Crown Prince Frederik, 53, and their 15-year-old son Prince Christian, who also attended the highly anticipated match.
But while Prince William represented the British monarchy, his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, was forced to self-isolate after she came into contact with someone who tested positive – despite being double-jabbed and testing negative for the virus herself.
Prince William appeared to be in great spirits as he was spotted watching England play Denmark in the Euro 2020 semi finals
The royal who paired his smart outfit with a red and blue striped tie, was joined by fellow VIPs who were able to watch the game inside Wembley – including former football legend David Beckham.
The Danish press have been up in arms since it first emerged that their country’s royal family will watch the national team play England in person at Wembley Stadium while millions of Danish football fans are being forced to watch the Euro 2020 semi-final from home.
The country’s biggest newspaper Ekstra Bladet was among those slamming royals including Australian-born Crown Princess Mary and her son as they left for London yesterday to watch the much-anticipated clash.
Newspaper editor Henrik Qvortrup railed in an editorial that ‘blue blood gives immunity in all respects’.
The Duke of Cambridge, 39, cheered on Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions squad at Wembley on Wednesday
However, the Danish royal family hit back at the criticism and instead insisted that it was ‘completely natural’ that it ‘represents Denmark’ at the match.
Under a deal struck between the British government and UEFA, 2,500 VIPs including royals, politicians and football officials are skipping quarantine so they can watch the match live.
This was while millions of Denmark supporters are forced to stay at home and watch it on their TVs instead.
Just 6,000 expat Danes living in Britain have been allocated tickets among the 60,000-strong Wembley crowd.
Fans living in Denmark were told not to travel otherwise they would fall foul of the mandatory 10 days of self-isolation.
Denmark fans vowed to ‘come by sea like the Vikings’ as they raged at the Covid rules, with one messaging Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Instagram directly and writing: ‘Why the f*** are Danish fans not allowed at Wembley? If you don’t allow us to take a plane we will do like in the good old days and come by sea. Be ready for a Danish sausage, w*******.’
He joined Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie, as well as Danish royals as they watched from the stands
Taking to the stands, the royal looked dapper in a dark navy suit and red and blue striped tie and was seen clapping the squad
William was pictured having an animated chat with Peter McCromick, interim chairman of the English Football Association on the stands before the match
The English-language Copenhagen Post wrote: ‘The storm over petty entry requirements, which ensure no Danish fans can travel to support their team in the Euro 2020 semi-final on Wednesday, is quickly escalating into the biggest affront to this country since the British Navy firebombed Copenhagen in 1807. Some observers might even go as far as saying it’s cheating.’
Mr Qvortrup, editor of Ekstra Bladet, saw red at the apparent hypocrisy of allowing VIPs to enter the UK for the match. He wrote in an editorial: ‘The Posh are welcome. Others are not.
‘We cannot interpret it any differently when Danish fans are not allowed to travel to England and watch the national team, while those who sit in the most expensive seats are allowed to.
‘The British authorities have strict restrictions on the football fans who pay and create the atmosphere and the joy of football, but at the same time roll out the red carpet to people with VIP status and money.
‘Ekstra Bladet has been told that there will be representatives from the royal family present at Wembley. The royal crown couple and Prince Christian. (…) As we all know, blue blood gives immunity in all respects.’
Ministers reportedly agreed a deal with UEFA to exempt officials, politicians and sponsors from travel restrictions so they can go to the semi-finals and final. But the VIPs, who are thought to number in the ‘low thousands’, will have to remain in a ‘bubble’ during their visit, reports suggest.
The deal comes after UEFA threatened to move the games to Hungary unless the British government eased coronavirus travel restrictions for its officials and sponsors.
As part of the deal, around 2,500 VIPs would be allowed into the country and be given special permission to bypass usual travel restrictions, according to the Times newspaper.
Currently, most of Europe is on the UK’s ‘amber list’, which would usually force arrivals into a self-imposed quarantine for 10 days. But under the plans, which the Telegraph said were negotiated by Boris Johnson’s chief of staff Dan Rosenfield, a window for quarantine free entry will be opened for VIPs.