The Princess of Wales celebrated England’s victory over Wales in their thrilling Six Nations match in Cardiff on Saturday.
Kate is patron of Rugby Football Union – a role she took over from Prince Harry last year – while William is patron of Welsh Rugby Union.
Ahead of the much-anticipated game – which England won 20-10 – the royal couple joked about the “tense” journey home.
They also met injured players who are supported by the Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust, of which William is a patron.
The Prince and Princess of Wales officially opened the Sir Tasker Watkins Suite, a new room at the stadium for the injured players and their families to use ahead of the games.
William wore a red tie in support of Wales, while wife Kate wore a red and white houndstooth coat by Catherine Walker, which her husband described as “diplomatic”.
He told those at reception: “I’m looking forward to today. We need a little boost after last week, don’t we?
“It will be a very tense journey home. If we win today, my wife won’t speak to me. It will be an exciting evening.’
Kate laughed when asked about her support for England during the game.
She said: “The atmosphere is always second to none so I look forward to it.”
The couple spoke about their children George, 9, Charlotte, 7, and Louis, 4, during their visit.
Kate was told William had yet to become a father when he first met some of the injured players.
She asked how he was and laughed when she was told that William had fewer wrinkles around his eyes compared to now.
The pair shared how George is now learning to tackle rather than play non-touch game-tag rugby.
“You’re trying to teach him the rules,” Kate said. “You move them around because of their confidence. Because he’s tall, he has the physique. But then comes Louis. Charlotte also plays rugby.’
Rhian Roberts, 37, is one of 33 people supported by the foundation.
She said: “Charlotte started too. George has just transitioned from tag rugby to contact rugby.
“It was an honor to see her today. You see them on TV and pinch yourself that they are sitting next to you.
Gareth Moyle, 68, held Kate’s hand after asking William for a performance.
“I’ve met William four times,” said Mr. Moyle. “I wanted to meet his young lady and he sorted it out when I told him.”
The game, one of rugby’s fiercest rivalries, was in danger of being canceled after a threat from the Welsh players over a dispute over contracts and a restriction on moving abroad.
A deal was only finalized on Wednesday night, causing the Welsh game to lose an estimated £9m scored by a blockbuster home international against England.
In the official program of the game, Gerald Davies, President of the WRU, described the “celebratory time” facing the players.
“It was a harrowing time, relentless in their comments and judgments,” he wrote.
‘We are sorry it has come to this.’
The game was the Wales men’s team’s second and final home game of the 2023 Guinness Six Nations.
Before the national anthems were played, there was silence on the one-year anniversary of the war in Ukraine.
A message on stadium screens read: “Six Nations Rugby, its unions, federations and the entire rugby family remain with Ukraine and strongly condemn the aggressive invasion of their country.”
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