- Prince and Princess of Wales to support men’s Rugby teams in World Cup matches.
- Their visit clashes with the start of the Duke of Sussex’s Invictus Games.
- The Prince recently faced criticism for missing the Lionesses’ football World Cup final.
- Princess of Wales had shown support during the Rugby League World Cup 2021 quarter-final.
In a move that has raised eyebrows, the Prince and Princess of Wales have announced their plans to attend the men’s Rugby World Cup in France.
This comes weeks after the Prince faced public criticism for missing the Lionesses’ historic football final. Complicating the royal schedule, their trip to France coincides with the Duke of Sussex’s Invictus Games kickoff in Germany.
The Royal Lineup
As the patron of the Rugby Football Union, the Princess of Wales is set to attend the England vs. Argentina match at the Stade de Marseille on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Prince of Wales, who holds patronage for the Welsh Rugby Union, will be at the Wales vs. Fiji match in Stade de Bordeaux on Sunday.
These appearances come on the heels of controversy, as the Prince recently opted out of attending the women’s England team’s World Cup football final against Spain in Sydney.
Broadcast veteran Jon Sopel and former England goalkeeper Pauline Cope have been notably vocal in their disappointment over the Prince’s absence.
Reminding fans of her commitment, the Princess of Wales had previously been seen supporting England during the Rugby League World Cup 2021 quarter-final against Papua New Guinea.
It was her first appearance since taking over from the Duke of Sussex as patron of the Rugby Football League.