Princes William and Harry have been banned from the World Cup

Here’s why…

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Here’s why…

The 2018 World Cup is well under way and with England moving into the quarter finals this Saturday, the nation is buzzing.

Two people who aren’t exempt from the excitement are football fans, Princes William and Harry, whose passion for football is well known, both attending the World Cup in the past.

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This year however, the brothers are banned from attending the sporting event - and it’s all down to our political situation with the World Cup’s host country, Russia.

That’s right. The Royal Family and government ministers have been asked to boycott this year’s World Cup, following the Salisbury poisoning of former Russian spy, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter, Yulia.

While the Kremlin has denied blame for the nerve agent attack, Downing Street sees it as responsible with British Prime Minister Theresa May declaring that the UK would therefore boycott the sporting event.

But the fact that the princes can’t be there in person isn’t stopping them from showing their support, with Prince William writing a personal message to the team after their dramatic win against Columbia earlier this week.

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‘I couldn’t be prouder of @england - a victory in a penalty shootout!’ The 36-year-old tweeted from the Kensington Palace account. ‘You have well and truly earned your place in the final eight of the #worldcup and you should know the whole country is right behind you for Saturday! Come on England! W’

Let’s hope the princes can attend the next World Cup!

Jenny Proudfoot
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