Arsenal, Villa’s FA Cup Fever Grips Prince William
ASTON Villa fan Prince William says he is starting to feel the nerves ahead of today’s FA Cup final with Arsenal.
The Duke of Cambridge, who is also the FA president, will be at Wembley to watch the game and present the trophy to the winning side.
In an interview with Gary Lineker for Football Focus, Prince William, 32, said: “I’m nervous now. I’m terrified.”
Prince William also spoke of his hopes Prince George and Princess Charlotte will grow up to be Aston Villa fans.
Prince William said he became a Villa fan when he was at school because he was keen to follow a team that could give him more “emotional moments”.
“I was looking round for clubs to support and all my friends at school were either Manchester United fans or Chelsea fans,” he said.
“I didn’t really want to follow the run-of-the-mill teams, and I wanted to have a team that was more middle of the table, that could give me the more emotional rollercoaster moments. To be honest, now looking back, that was a bad idea…I could have had an easier time!”
Prince William plans to let his children make their own choice when it comes to choosing the team they support but said it would be hard not to encourage them to follow in his footsteps.
“The responsible thing would be to say, to let [George] make his own mind up, but I think I might be quite biased,” he added.
“I haven’t quite worked out how to play that yet. Of course he can support whoever he wants, but if he supports Villa, it’d be fantastic.