Why was Prince William booed at Wembley FA Cup final?

The history of Merseyside’s red half booing the national anthem can be traced back to the 1980s

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It was passed from player to player before manager Jurgen Klopp happily held the trophy over his head, his first in the competition.

But the occasion wasn’t all smiles: Earlier, some fans in the crowd could be heard booing as William shook hands with the players before kick-off.

So why did the fans boo the king?

Here’s everything you need to know.

What happened?

Prince William was booed by sections of the crowd as he took the pitch ahead of the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium.

The booing increased as William walked down the pitch and met and shook hands with Chelsea and Liverpool players before the start of the game.

Prince William watches ahead of the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Liverpool at Wembley (Picture: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

The national anthem and a performance of the Christian hymn “Abide With Me” also seemed to anger some fans at the stadium as both were also booed.

Corresponding the daily mailAs the prince stood and sang “God Save the Queen,” fans gesticulated and made obscene hand gestures.

The B-positive choir, whose members have sickle cell disease or have close friends or family members who have it, sang “Abide With Me.”

The Duke of Cambridge appeared unperturbed by the ridicule, but MPs have spoken out against the behavior of spectators at the stadium.

Sir Ed Davey, leader of the Liberal Democrats, said: “We have the most wonderful monarch and these fans who have booed do not represent their clubs or our country.”

Tory MP and former Culture Secretary Karen Bradley said: “It is absolutely unacceptable and disgraceful that fans have booed Prince William. I urge the FA to take all necessary action and prosecute those responsible.

Why did the fans boo?

The source of most of the booing is unknown, although observers have speculated that it was primarily Liverpool fans, according to sources the daily mail.

Liverpool fans have been known to boo “God Save The Queen” at Wembley Stadium, according to football writer Connor O’Neill the Liverpool echo.

When Liverpool played Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley earlier this year, there were similar allegations that fans booed the national anthem.

He said: “The Conservative government’s ‘managed decline’ of the city was then followed by the government’s failings after the Hillsborough disaster, which further reinforced those sentiments.”

The tense link between town and country extends to the England national team, with many Liverpoolers refusing to support England in major competitions such as the European Championships or World Cup.

A flag that reads “Scouse not English” is commonly seen at Anfield and will most likely continue to be seen at most games.

Howard Beckett, a trade unionist who ran for general secretary of the Unite union last year, hailed Liverpool fans for “rejecting blind patriotism and the establishment”, calling the outburst “pure quality”. Why was Prince William booed at Wembley FA Cup final?


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