As the Philip documentary airs, Prince William enjoys a memorable night out at an Aston Villa match.
A program honouring Prince Philip’s life aired on BBC One, while Prince William was in attendance at Aston Villa’s match versus Chelsea.
Aston Villa’s supporter, the Duke of Cambridge, has been vocal. William could be seen in the stands cheering on his club during Villa’s Carabao Cup encounter against Chelsea. The royal shout of approval was captured in the 64th minute of normal time after the Villians equalized against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea and Aston Villa drew 1-1, forcing a penalty shootout.
Aston Villa missed two penalties in a tense shootout before a Chelsea mistake and penalty save propelled them back into contention.
However, William’s Aston Villa missed their final spot attempt, resulting in a 4-3 penalty shootout loss to Chelsea.
In an interview with former footballer Peter Crouch for BBC Sounds’ ‘That Peter Crouch Podcast’ in 2020, William expressed his desire to avoid following Manchester United like his schoolmates.
He says he first became an Aston Villa fan when he was 11 years old, watching the team play Bolton in the FA Cup.
“I sat there among all the Villa fans and I enjoyed it,” the Duke said at the time. The atmosphere was fantastic, in my opinion.
“I felt a strong affinity with the club. Villa seemed to me to be a proud Midlands club, and it seemed extremely unique.
“I only got a handle on Villa as my actual team in the last several years, and I watch them a lot and dig into the stats.”
William’s visit at Stamford Bridge coincides with the broadcast of a BBC One documentary honoring the late Duke of Edinburgh.
Philip died on April 9, 2021, just a few months before his 100th birthday, and was buried at Windsor Castle on April 17.
The BBC’s ‘Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers’ includes a segment about Prince Philip. William expressed his admiration for his grandfather’s decision to “give up his job” when he married Queen Elizabeth II.
“One of the things I admire him for is that he gave up a very successful military career to be the Queen’s consort and assist her, as well as to go into service and duty in a different way,” he stated on the program.
Following the broadcast of the BBC’s feature on Philip, royal admirers were moved by what they described as a “beautiful homage.”
“I love this documentary,” one Twitter user said. For “Brinkwire Summary News.”