After the Euro final, Prince William is accused of snubbing Italy’s President, sparking a diplomatic controversy.
The Italian press has accused Prince William of snubbing Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella following the Euro 2020 final.
Fans were disappointed as England lost on penalties to Italy in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday. The defeat of the Three Lions was witnessed by some 60,000 people at Wembley Stadium, while millions more watched in bars, fan zones, and their homes. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who were accompanying Prince George at Wembley, praised the Italian team.
“Heartbreaking,” they posted on Twitter.
“Congratulations on a fantastic victory, Azzurri.
“England, you’ve all come so far, but it wasn’t our day this time. You can all be proud of yourselves and raise your heads high because I know there’s more to come.”
However, the Italian press and other Italian fans were not satisfied, with many accusing William of “snubbing” Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella after the game.
“Class is not water, but obviously not a prerogative of the Royal Family either,” journalist Giada Oricchio wrote in an article for Il Tempo.
“At the conclusion of Italy’s victory over England in the Euro 2020 final, Prince William, second in line to the throne, Kate Middleton, and Prince George appeared to leave the stadium without applauding the winners or shaking hands with President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella.
“The Huffington Post also pointed out that President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella did not extend a public handshake: ‘
He moved little after the Italian goal, more imperturbable than an Englishman.
We don’t know the international protocol norms, but in 1982, the Spanish King greeted Pertini heartily in the stands next to him.
“On the other hand, poor Mattarella was alone, ignored by Prince William.”
The rumors were refuted after Kensington Palace and UEFA confirmed that the Duke remained in the royal box while the Italian team was given the Euro 2020 cup.
This did not stop Italian fans from venting their frustrations on social media.
“They, too, are disrespectful and leave early in order not to reward the champion squad, which is Italy,” one person wrote.
“William and Kate leaving the stadium before the awards ceremony are ridiculous,” wrote another on Twitter, referring to the Royal Family.
Others, on the other hand, questioned whether the early departure was due to security concerns.
At one point, thousands of supporters without tickets invaded the stadium, while Formula One racer Lando. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”