Inside Prince William's surprising link to Welcome to Wrexham as he makes cameo in series

Prince William boasts a very special connection to Wrexham that fans may not be aware of
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When Welcome to Wrexham first hit our screens in 2022, it quickly propelled Wrexham A. F.C into the global spotlight, with millions of viewers worldwide tuning in to follow the exploits of the Welsh football club after its purchase by Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia star Rob McElhenney.

While the show and the club itself have rapidly gained a fanbase, they also have a notable Royal connection - the Prince of Wales himself, Prince William, yet it's not just his title that has him connected to the beloved club.

In the latest episode of the popular Disney+ series, the Prince made an unexpected visit to the club where he mingled with the masterminds behind Wrexham's success in recent years. " Prince William is here in Wrexham today because it is St. David's Day, which is obviously the Welsh, sort of, national holiday," explained Humphrey Ker, executive director of Wrexham AFC.

"Only we don't get the day off St. David's Day, which is a bit of a swiz! ", reports the Mirror.

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St. David's Day, celebrated on March 1, is a day of widespread Welsh pride. It was also the day that William, aged 41, met with Wrexham AFC co-chairman Rob McElhenney at The Turf pub to join in the festivities.

"As Prince of Wales, Prince William has gotta come and press the flesh, kiss babies and do all that sort of business that princes do," Ker said. "For us, it's great that Wrexham Football Club and Wrexham as a whole has become a place the royals put on their itinerary when they're coming to visit Wales."

The encounter between William and Ker was also filled with nostalgia, as it emerged that the two had grown up together, both having attended Ludgrove School and Eton College. Reminiscing about their shared history, the Prince remarked "it's been a while" during their warm handshake.

Chairman of Wrexham AFC Rob McElhenney, Executive Director of Wrexham AFC Humphrey Ker and Prince William celebrated St David's Day earlier this year
Chairman of Wrexham AFC Rob McElhenney, Executive Director of Wrexham AFC Humphrey Ker and Prince William celebrated St David's Day earlier this year

"I went to school with Prince William. I have known him since I was 7, or something like that," Humphrey confessed. "We literally shared a bedroom from 7 until 10."

A passionate football supporter, William quickly commended Rob and Humphrey for their efforts with Wrexham AFC, inquiring of McElhenney: "Has the journey been as exciting as it looks on the outside? ".

Rob, brimming with pride for the team's progress, admitted that their achievements had "exceeded anything we could have ever imagined."

"You give so many football fans, whose team maybe is not in the glory days that they want to be or used to be, the hope and the optimism that one day you can be back," William enthused.