Leah Williamson shares what Prince William told her during jubilant scenes after Euro 2022

Prince William looked overwhelmed as he congratulated each member of the England women’s team following their victory in the Euro 2022 final, and captain Leah Williamson has spoken about her exchange with the royal. She also explained how he initiated their embrace.

The Lionesses’ victory in the Euros is expected to spark a mass rise in the popularity of women’s football, with many calling for the higher powers to capitalise on this opportunity. The image of Chloe Kelly spinning her shirt above her head after scoring the winner against Germany at Wembley Stadium has gone down in history already and, for many, will be the image that epitomises the tournament.

The Duke of Cambridge looked visibly emotional following the full-time whistle on Sunday, and he couldn’t contain his sheer joy when congratulating the England players as they collected their medals. He shook the hands of the majority of the squad and shared a few celebratory words, though was keen to hug Williamson when she was next in line.

Speaking about the moment, the Arsenal defender said: “I think I went to shake his hand and he said, ‘Leah, bring it in’ and I said, ‘Thank you, sir’. He was like, ‘I’m very proud of you all’.

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