Socceroos legend Craig Foster slams Prince William for not supporting the Matildas at the Women’s World Cup
- Chair of the Australian Republic Movement spoke out
- Criticised Prince of Wales after message wishing England luck
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Aussie football great and social justice warrior Craig Foster has blasted Prince William for failing to support the Matildas after the heir to the throne wished England good luck in the Women’s World Cup.
The Prince of Wales, who is also the president of the Football Association, has faced a major backlash over his decision not to fly to Australia for England’s first World Cup final since 1966, despite members of the Spanish royals travelling Down Under.
In a video posted on the Prince and Princess of Wales’ social media account, Prince William wished the Lionesses luck alongside his daughter Princess Charlotte, who held a football.
That didn’t sit well with Foster, who took to social media to criticise William.
‘You are aware @KensingtonRoyal that @TheMatildas were also playing for 3rd, right?’ he wrote.
‘And that we’re one of the ‘realms’ asked to ‘cry out our allegiance’ to your old man, his heirs & successors ie you? Not much allegiance in return, clearly.’
Foster’s tweet was accompanied by a head-in-hands emoji.
The Socceroos great is co-chair of the Australian Republic Movement and is well known for pushing for the country to have its own head of state.
‘It’s embarrassing to an increasing number of Australians actually,’ he said last year when asked about King Charles holding that position.
‘And that is in part because of who Charles is. Australia is able to look at our new king and say it’s obvious to us all that we would not elect him to any position in this country.’
Australian Republic Movement chair Craig Foster (pictured) is well known for his outspoken views on the nation ditching the monarchy and installing its own head of state
The Socceroos great’s post on X – formerly known as Twitter – divided opinion, with some Aussies accusing him of being divisive
Foster’s tweet about Prince William divided opinion online.
‘I get your point but the only people stopping Australia becoming a republic are Australians. Vent your anger at them,’ one commenter replied.
‘One minute you are saying how great this is for football. Then you make a dividing political statement. Red Card!’ wrote another.
‘Really? England playing in the final, and you expect him to give a shout out to Australia who are competing in the most meaningless game in world football … he never gave best wishes to any other commonwealth teams but you’ve ignored that,’ added a third.
Many Aussies backed Foster’s stance, however.
‘We need to shed this ridiculous, continuing tethering,’ one wrote, followed by comments like ‘A Republic can’t come fast enough’, ‘Republic now’, and ‘the quicker we become a republic… the better!’
The royals have been largely criticised for not planning to travel to the World Cup final, with fans of the England squad wondering if the same decision would have been taken if it was the men’s team in the tournament’s ultimate match.
Foster was angry that the Prince of Wales didn’t wish the Matildas good luck despite Australia being ‘one of the realms asked to cry out allegiance to your old man’
Palace sources cited the cost of the trip and carbon footprint as reasons for the prince not attending.
Mandu Reid, leader of the Women’s Equality Party, told MailOnline: ‘It’s utterly ridiculous that England wasn’t and still isn’t prepared to celebrate the women’s World Cup final.
‘The President of the Football Association, Prince William isn’t bothering to attend, licensing laws haven’t been relaxed, there won’t be a screen at Trafalgar Square, and there’s been no word of any kind of large celebration should they win.
‘This last-minute scramble to show support for the Lionesses by our leaders isn’t just embarrassing, it reveals how little they think of women’s sport.’