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Prince William Slammed for 'Hypocrisy' of Euro Cup Racism Remark – Fans Recall Meghan Markle Abuse Claim

Junie Sihlangu
Jul 15, 2021
07:40 A.M.
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After the racist backlash Black England soccer players faced after the Euro 2020 final over the weekend, Prince William spoke up. Fans have since called him hypocritical.


On Sunday, Italy took the cup home after winning against England at the Euro 2020 final. After they missed penalties, social media trolls targeted England’s Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford, and Jadon Sancho.

The three players, who happen to be Black, faced racist abuse from the trolls leading Prince William to speak on Twitter. The royal, his wife Duchess Kate, and their son Prince George attended the Wembley stadium match.

Prince William, the Earl of Strathearn visits the BAE Systems shipyard to observe the construction of HMS Glasgow on June 29, 2021, in Glasgow, Scotland | Photo: Andrew Milligan - WPA Pool/Getty Images


On the Twitter account he shares with his wife, William said he was sickened by the racist abuse that the England players faced after the match. He called it “totally unacceptable” and “abhorrent” before demanding that it end.

The royal also demanded that the people involved should be held accountable. Even though his intentions were good, royal fans picked up that William’s actions were inconsistent.


The Duke of Cambridge was called out for addressing racism in soccer but failing to do so in support of his sister-in-law Duchess Meghan. In March 2021, Meghan said she’d faced racism from the press and the Royal Family.

During the CBS tell-all joint interview with her husband, Prince Harry, she said some royals were concerned about how dark she and Harry's first child's skin would be.


In response to the claims and on behalf of the Queen, Buckingham Palace acknowledged the allegations and said the racism issues raised by the Sussexes were concerning and would be dealt with.

On March 11, 2021, William said his family wasn’t racist when interviewed by reporters. Dr. Shola Mos-Shogbamimu retweeted William’s post against racist abuse and berated him for not speaking up for Meghan.


Shogbamimu felt the royal's words would be credible if he’d defended Meghan in the past. She said his complicity and silence had fueled what he was condemning today and called his words “performative allyship.”

A royal fan replied to William’s post reiterating what Shogbamimu said, saying William's current words would’ve made a difference years ago when the royal’s sister-in-law was attacked by tabloids.


The person also noted how the Duke of Cambridge and the Royal Family could’ve made a great impact if they’d spoken up when his nephew, Archie, 2, had memes posted of him as a monkey.

Another fan refused William’s support for its inconsistency seeing how the royal failed to share the same outrage with the same swiftness when the Duchess of Sussex was under fire.


Someone else felt the royal and his family should reflect on how they’ve profited financially from slavery. They said if wealth were redistributed to formerly enslaved communities, then William’s words would be true.

The poster concluded that if William said something about his sister-in-law, people might take him seriously. Another person found it shocking that the royal wasn’t sickened by the racism Meghan faces.


A Twitter user shared: “You didn't show this much compassion for the Duchess of Sussex; she's Black too!” They felt it was hypocritical for William to denounce racism only when it fit his narrative, while someone else added:

“Hypocrisy and cowardice, great qualities for a king.”


Reports stated that William and Harry hadn’t had a good relationship for years, partly due to the younger royal marrying Meghan. William has focused on defending the monarchy while his brother defends his wife.

He was mocked on social media for wearing a suit and tie to the match.

A Daily Mail source noted how William had to be told that everyone had a difficult sister-in-law to try and mend the sibling rift. However, the royal still felt Meghan had been “merciless” in the way she treated his staff.


Historian Robert Lacey claimed the siblings split after William confronted Harry about bullying allegations against Meghan by palace staff in October 2018. The rift initially began before the Sussex’s wedding.

William felt his younger brother had rushed things with his then-girlfriend. Things seemed to settle by the wedding but flared up again between the siblings when the staff mistreatment allegations came up.


Going back to the Euro 2020 final, William’s oldest child, George, 7, allegedly faced abuse after the soccer match. He was mocked on social media for wearing a suit and tie to the match.

Royal expert Robert Jobson told the “Sunrise” TV show that Kate and William could choose to keep their son out of the limelight after the abuse. Jobson felt the parents were quite conscious of such things.