Prince William sends message to Aston Villa after Premier League great escape

Prince William has reacted to Aston Villa’s nerve-wracking Premier League survival.

The Villa-supporting Duke – who has previously been snapped cheering the team on in the stands along with his wife the Duchess of Cambridge – responded to a video of the squad singing Neil Diamond classic ‘Sweet Caroline’ in the dressing room after their 1-1 draw against West Ham.

A point at the London Stadium proved enough for the Villains to save their top-flight status after relegation rivals Watford failed to get anything from their game against Arsenal, completing a turnaround for Dean Smith’s side, who looked down and out when the season was suspended.

Prized asset Jack Grealish scored a huge goal for the club with six minutes remaining – but Andriy Yarmolenko equalised almost immediately to make for an anxious conclusion to the campaign.

However, Prince William tweeted that their Premier League future was “never in doubt”.

The tongue-in-check remark by the second in line to the throne, shared with his two million followers, came accompanied with a ‘grimacing face’ emoji and the hashtag #UpTheVilla.

After a weekend in which the Duke’s relationship with his younger brother was put back into the spotlight by the partial release of a controversial biography of Harry and Meghan, the result may well come as some welcome good news in his official residence at Kensington Palace.

Prince William is not the only elite fan of the Birmingham outfit, with former UK prime minister David Cameron, whose uncle was the chairman, also claiming to be among the Villa faithful.

In fact, Sunday’s game was something of a Cameron derby, since the politician famously accidentally said he supported West Ham during a campaign speech ahead of the 2015 general election.

Meanwhile, Prince William was far more convincing in the heartfelt tribute he paid to Villa in an interview with BBC Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker that same month.

He said: “A long time ago at school I got into football big time. I was looking around for clubs. All my friends at school were either Man United fans or Chelsea fans and I didn’t want to follow the run of the mill teams.

“I wanted to have a team that was more mid-table that could give me more emotional rollercoaster moments.

“Aston Villa’s always had a great history. I have got friends of mine who support Aston Villa and one of the first FA Cup games I went to was Bolton v Aston Villa back in 2000. Sadly, Villa went on to lose to Chelsea.

“It was fantastic, I sat with all the fans with my red beanie on, and I was sat with all the Brummie fans and had a great time.

“It was the atmosphere, the camaraderie and I really felt that there was something I could connect with.”

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