Prince of Wales remains FA President for England’s World Cup clash with Wales

The Football Association understand the new Prince of Wales will remain President of English football even if the home nations clash in Qatar.

William already wears a Wales shirt at rugby due to his role as patron of the WRU, but is said to remain keenly committed to his FA role despite taking on a new title.

With the Aston Villa supporter set to remain a fixture cheering on England in the royal box at Wembley, the Welsh FA are likely to consider possible alternatives. One option could be to make the new Princess of Wales a patron.

After the death of Queen Elizabeth II, King Charles III. indicated that his eldest son would become the new Prince of Wales, a title used by the heir to the throne since the 14th century.

However, there was no indication to FA bosses that he would not be able to continue in his role as an English footballer. William has repeatedly impressed senior figures on the governing body with his dedication since replacing Prince Andrew as president of the body in 2006.

The Welsh FA have yet to discuss honorary roles but another option for the neighboring nation would be to make William a patron so he can share his duties with his role at the FA.

Telegraph Sport last year revealed how horrified it was at the excitement of the European Super League that it called Mark Bullingham, the FA chief executive, to express his support for attempts to torpedo the scheme.

Both Uefa and the Premier League privately thanked the heir to the throne for his surprise intervention before the breakaway imploded.

The king has repeatedly shown “sincere enthusiasm and commitment” to the game. He has also released statements condemning racism in the game and has campaigned for the Heads Up mental health campaign to partner with the FA Cup.

When it comes to rugby, however, the new Duke of Cornwall will continue to back Wales. When Wales beat England in the same pool at the 2015 World Cup, William famously wore a red shirt while Prince Harry sat next to him in a white shirt.

The Queen was, of course, present at the finest hour of English football, presenting Bobby Moore with the 1966 World Cup title.

“Queen Elizabeth II has been a long-standing and dedicated Patron of the FA and I would like to thank Her Majesty from the bottom of my heart for the decades of support she has shown to English football,” said FA Chair Debbie Hewitt immediately after her death .

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