Prince Harry could barely hide his disgust when Kate Middleton and Prince William proudly sang the Welsh national anthem at Twickenham last Saturday with all the gusto of Tom Jones on steroids, but why was Harry so determined not to lend his voice to the stirring and majestic “Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau”?
It’s a fair question. After all, for better or worse, Wales is part of the United Kingdom, and Prince Harry, alongside William and Kate, are all members of the British royal family. But ahead of Wales’ euphoric win (as predicted by the Inquisitr) at that not-so-unbreachable bastion of English rugby, fortress Twickenham, only Kate and William choose to embrace the United Kingdom as a whole and sing both “God Save the Queen,” and “Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau.”
Dressed like a flamboyant red peacock, William, alongside brother Harry and wife Kate, dutifully sung the somewhat monotonous and uninspiring dirge that is “God Save the Queen.” After all, considering who William’s Granny is, how could he not?
Although it is widely regarded as the U.K’s national anthem, “God Save the Queen” is as English as a red rose or a Morris dancer. As such, William and Kate, no doubt anticipating the time when they will be the King and Queen of the U.K, chose to really let rip and give the vocal chords a work out when it came to letting Twickenham know just what a real “rabble-rousing” anthem sounds like.
As for Prince Harry, he could barely conceal his abject horror and toxic disgust at Will and Kate’s shocking conduct.
Standing in a cold fury and a white England replica top, the party prince stared at his brother and the Duchess of Cambridge with all the venom of a spurned mistress as William and Kate joyfully sung the anthem, which would spurn Wales on to a mighty and courageous victory against the men in white.
The two royal brothers stood shoulder to shoulder but couldn’t be further apart as they took their pews in that special hell reserved for both sporting and sibling rivalry.
Admittedly, Harry is the honorary president of England’s 2015, the organizing committee staging the World Cup tournament, and vice-patron of the Rugby Football Union, but the tax bucks that fund him and his family are collected from all four corners of the U.K.
Prince William, on the other hand, is vice-patron of the Welsh Rugby Union and the future Prince of Wales. He also seems the sort who enjoys a spot of sibling baiting.
The Daily Mail reported that William earlier told the Welsh players at their World Cup welcome ceremony in London, “Unfortunately, I will be watching you with my brother, so I will need a Wales win more than ever!”
William also lived in Anglesey with Kate Middleton for a time, and he once described his idyllic Welsh home in gushing tones.
“I have never in my life known somewhere as beautiful and as welcoming as Anglesey.”
So it’s no surprise the future King chose to support the men in red. It’s the royal way, and he probably had a few thousand on Wales to come up trumps on the night.
Although Prince Harry may have failed to follow in Prince William and Kate Middleton’s noble footsteps in his support for Wales, it didn’t stop Hollywood heartthrob David Hasselhoff from betting on red.
The 64-year-old was present at Twickenham to lend his support for Wales, alongside his 34-year-old Welsh girlfriend Haley Thomas.
With Prince William, Kate Middleton, and now the legendary “Hoff” on their side, can anything stop a Wales team, even one so ravaged by injury, from lifting the Web Ellis Cup this October?
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