Prince William heartbreak: Duke head in hands as Aston Villa lose Carabao Cup final

Prince William heartbreak: Duke head in hands as Aston Villa lose Carabao Cup final

The Duke of Cambridge was visably emotional in the stands as his side lost 2-1 in the final against Manchester City. Prince William, 37, dressed casual for the showpiece occasion wearing a blue jacket and trousers as well as a black baseball cap. The second-in-line to the throne kicked every ball from the stands at the “Home of Football”.

The President of the FA jumped to his feet and cheered when forward Mbwana Samatta pulled a goal back just before half time.

The Tanzanian international headed home from Anwar El Ghazi’s cross four minutes before the interval.

But goals from Sergio Aguero in the 20th minute and Rodri in the 30th minute were enough for Manchester City to win their third Carabao Cup in a row.

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Prince William with his head in his hands as Aston Villa lose at Wembley (Image: PA/REUTERS)

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Prince William watches on at Wembley Stadium (Image: GETTY)

William was the only member of the royal family to attend the match and was not joined by his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge or his son Prince George, 6.

The trio have previously been seen at an Aston Villa Fixture this season and attended the Premier League match against Norwich in October.

On that occasion history repeated itself as the Duke once again saw The Villa lose 2-1 at Carrow Road.

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Prince William celebrates the Aston Villa goal at Wembley (Image: PA)

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Prince William jubilant after forward Mbwana Samatta scores (Image: PA)

William has seen both the high and lows of supporting Aston Villa and was present during their triumphant play-off victory at Wembley in May against Derby County.

In 2015, he also attended the FA Cup final when Arsenal thumped Aston Villa 4-0.

Before that game the Duke revealed he has supported Aston Villa since he was a schoolboy.

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The Duke of Cambridge is the President of the FA (Image: GETTY)

William said he did not want to “follow the run of the mill teams” such as Chelsea and Manchester United and stated Aston Villa has a “great history”.

In an interview with the BBC he said: “A long time ago at school I got into football big time. I was looking around for clubs.

“All my friends at school were either Man United fans or Chelsea fans and I didn’t want to follow the run of the mill teams.

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Prince William has supported Aston Villa since he was a schoolboy (Image: PA)

“Aston Villa’s always had a great history.

“I have got friends of mine who support Aston Villa and one of the first FA Cup games I went to was Bolton v Aston Villa back in 2000.

“Sadly, Villa went on to lose to Chelsea.

“It was fantastic, I sat with all the fans with my red beanie on, and I was sat with all the Brummie fans and had a great time.

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Prince George wearing his replica England football shirt (Image: PA)

“It was the atmosphere, the camaraderie and I really felt that there was something I could connect with.”

In a royal documentary aired last December, William revealed he has been unable to convince Prince George to support The Villa.

The Duke insisted his eldest son could support anyone but Chelsea and typically George chose to support the west London side.

In the BBC show titled A Berry Royal Christmas, William said: “I tried not to be too biased, I said ‘you can support anyone but Chelsea’. So naturally, he supports Chelsea.”

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The line of succession to the British throne (Image: EXPRESS)

Prince William also revealed Prince George’s love for football when he spoke to comedian Frank Skinner at last year’s Royal Variety Performance.

The Duke of Cambridge told the Mr Skinner that George wakes up to his famous 1996 Three Lions anthem every morning.

The Duke told the comedian: “I listen to your song every morning.

“Honestly, George plays it every morning ever since the World Cup.

“I thought it would fade away but it hasn’t. He still plays it every day.”

Published at Sun, 01 Mar 2020 18:28:00 +0000