Michael Sheen has blasted the Prince of Wales for handing out shirts to England’s World Cup squad.

The outspoken Welsh actor described Prince William‘s visit to the team’s training centre on Monday, where he presented them with their shirts for the World Cup in Qatar, as ‘entirely inappropriate’.

William told the World Cup squad: ‘We’re all rooting for you’ during a surprise visit to their camp.

The royal, who is also president of the Football Association, presented the players with their shirts, in an event that was put out by the English FA on social media.  

Responding to the video, Sheen said: ‘He can, of course, support whoever he likes and as President of the FA his role makes visit understandable. But surely he sees holding the title Prince of Wales at the same time is entirely inappropriate? Not a shred of embarrassment? Or sensitivity to the problem here?’ 

Michael Sheen has blasted the Prince of Wales for handing out shirts to England’s World Cup squad

The outspoken Welsh actor described Prince William's visit to the team's training centre on Monday, where he presented them with their shirts for the World Cup in Qatar, as 'entirely inappropriate'

The outspoken Welsh actor described Prince William’s visit to the team’s training centre on Monday, where he presented them with their shirts for the World Cup in Qatar, as ‘entirely inappropriate’

The Prince of Wales (middle row, fourth right) posing for a photo with the 2022 England World Cup squad, at St George's Park in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire

The Prince of Wales (middle row, fourth right) posing for a photo with the 2022 England World Cup squad, at St George’s Park in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire

Prince William talking to England's Jack Grealish at St George's Park

Prince William talking to England’s Jack Grealish at St George’s Park

William sought to make clear that while a passionate England supporter, he was also delighted and proud that Wales will be playing on the biggest football stage and is likely to use social media to acknowledge their successes.

But speaking during the presentation held on Monday night at St George’s Park, the prince said: ‘I’m really just here, to just point out that the rest of the country is behind you – we’re all rooting for you, enjoy it.’

During the ceremony William received an England shirt in return signed by all the players, many of whom he has met before during previous visits to their Staffordshire training ground.

The prince also told the players: ‘What you and (manager) Gareth (Southgate) have built here is something special, that’s clear to see.. Play for each other, support each other, enjoy it, and I’m sure you’ll go far.’

It’s not the first time Sheen has been critical of the Royal Family’s handling of the Prince of Wales title.

In September he questioned what the title of Prince of Wales means to the Royal Family, after the King decided to visit Wales on Owain Glyndŵr Day.

The actor asked whether they realised the King’s visit clashed with the day, which would have been ‘insensitive to the point of insult’.

The Prince of Wales presents an England shirt to Bukayo Saka

The Prince of Wales presents an England shirt to Bukayo Saka

But if the visit was arranged without realising the history of the day in which Owain Glyndŵr was made Prince of Wales in 1404 ‘then one does wonder what being Prince of Wales was so long actually meant if you were not aware of what that day means,’ he said.

It comes as the Prince of Wales arrives in Cardiff to meet with representatives of the Welsh Parliament.

William will undertake a brief tour of the building and debating chamber led by the Llywydd, Elin Jones. He will then meet politicians from the four parties represented in the Senedd – Welsh Labour, the Welsh Conservatives, Plaid Cymru and the Welsh Liberal Democrats.

Kensington Palace said the visit was ‘in order to deepen his understanding of the issues and opportunities of greatest importance to the Welsh people’.

William is expected to reiterate to Welsh politicians that there are no plans for any formal investiture ceremony. His father, the King, was officially invested with the title Prince of Wales by the Queen during an event staged at Caernarfon Castle in July 1969.

William will conclude his visit by meeting with the Welsh Youth Parliament, where he will hear about issues affecting the younger generation.

Charles announced that William and wife Kate would become Prince and Princess of Wales on September 9, the day after the death of the Queen. A few days later, William spoke on the telephone to Mark Drakeford, First Minister of Wales, in a conversation in which the prince spoke of his ‘deep affection for Wales’.

The prince, who served as an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot when living on Anglesey with wife Kate, ‘expressed his and the Princess of Wales’s honour in being asked by the King to serve the Welsh people’ during that call.

William and Kate travelled to Anglesey and Swansea on September 27 – when royal mourning ended – to meet people and communities in Wales.

Both are understood to be keen to pave their own path in the roles, building trust and respect of the people of Wales over time.



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