Prince William counters Michael Sheen criticism over England support

CARDIFF, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 16: Prince William, Prince of Wales visits the Senedd at Senedd Cymru on November 16, 2022 in Cardiff, California. (Photo by Geoff Caddick - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince William says he supports both England and Wales. (Getty Images)

Prince William has answered actor Michael Sheen's criticisms of his support for the England football team.

William, who holds the title of Prince of Wales following the ascension of his father to King, was seen sending off the England football team before the World Cup in Qatar.

During a visit to the Senedd Chamber in Cardiff, William defended his loyalties: "I’m telling everyone I’m supporting both, definitely. I can’t lose."

BURTON UPON TRENT, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 14: Prince William, Prince of Wales presents an England shirt to Jordan Henderson at St George's Park on November 14, 2022 in Burton upon Trent, England. (Photo by Eddie Keogh - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)
Prince William with England midfielder Jordan Henderson. (The FA via Getty Images)

The heir to the throne added: "I’ve supported England since I’ve been quite small, but I support Welsh rugby and that’s my kind of way of doing it. I happily support Wales over England in the rugby."

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William also said: "I’ve got to be able to play carefully with my affiliations because I worry otherwise if I suddenly drop England to support Wales then that doesn’t look right for the sport either. So I can’t do that."

Sheen, had earlier criticised the Royal for presenting the England football team with their shirts before departing for the World Cup.

(L-R) Joe Calzaghe, Michael Sheen, Woody Harrelson and Patrick Kielty celebrate winning the 2010 Socceraid match at Old Trafford   (Photo by Rui Vieira/PA Images via Getty Images)
Michael Sheen at Socceraid. (Getty Images)

The Welsh actor wrote on Twitter: "He can, of course, support whoever he likes and as Pres of FA his role makes visit understandable – but surely he sees holding the title Prince of Wales at same time is entirely inappropriate? Not a shred of embarrassment? Or sensitivity to the problem here?"

William also reiterated his desire to see England play Wales in the final of the tournament on 18 December though both will play each other on 29 November as they are in the same group.

It is Wales' first World Cup since 1958 and the group will also feature Iran and the United States. Back in 1958, Wales reached the quarter finals before losing to Brazil with a 17-year-old Pele scoring the winning goal.

Watch below: Prince William visits the Welsh Parliament.