Kate wins the Battle of the Waleses at the Six Nations Clash

Kate wins the Battle of the Waleses at the Six Nations Clash

The Prince and Princess of Wales supported opposing teams during the Six Nations game (Image: Getty/Rex/PA)

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.

Rugby Union - Six Nations Championship - Wales v England - Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wales, Britain - February 25, 2023 Britain's Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales are pictured at the stadium before the match REUTERS/Rebecca needles

Prince William and Kate, Princess of Wales pictured at the stadium before the game (Image: Reuters)

CARDIFF, WALES - FEBRUARY 25: England's players celebrate Kyle Sinckler (not in picture) scoring on his side's second try during the Six Nations Rugby match between Wales and England at the Principality Stadium on February 25, 2023 in Cardiff, United Kingdom scored a goal. (Photo by Ian Cook - CameraSport via Getty Images)

England claimed a first win in Cardiff in six years (Image: CameraSport via Getty Images)

CARDIFF, WALES - FEBRUARY 25: The Princess of Wales meets injured players supported by the Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust before officially opening the Sir Tasker Watkins Suite ahead of the Wales v England Six Nations game at the Principality Stadium on February 25, 2023 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)

The Princess of Wales meets injured players supported by the Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust (Image: Getty)

CARDIFF, WALES - FEBRUARY 25: HRH Prince William, Prince of Wales and HRH Princess Kate, Princess of Wales sing the national anthems ahead of the Six Nations rugby match between Wales and England at the Principality Stadium on February 25 2023 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Dan Mullan - RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)

The royal couple sing the national anthems before the Six Nations rugby match between Wales and England at the Principality Stadium (Image: RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)

The Prince of Wales meets injured players supported by the Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust before officially opening the Sir Tasker Watkins Suite ahead of the Six Nations game between Wales and England at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. Picture date: Saturday February 25, 2023. PA Photo. Photo credit should read: Matthew Horwood/PA Wire

The Prince of Wales meets injured players (Image: PA)

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 Prince of Wales meets injured players supported by the Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust before officially opening the Sir Tasker Watkins Suite ahead of the Six Nations game between Wales and England at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. Picture date: Saturday February 25, 2023. PA Photo. Photo credit should read: Matthew Horwood/PA Wire

The Prince and Princess of Wales officially opened the Sir Tasker Watkins Suite (Image: PA)

CARDIFF, WALES - FEBRUARY 25: The Princess of Wales meets injured players supported by the Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust before officially opening the Sir Tasker Watkins Suite ahead of the Wales v England Six Nations game at the Principality Stadium on February 25, 2023 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)

Before the game, the couple joked about the ‘tense’ journey home (Image: Reuters)

The Prince and Princess of Wales in the stands during the Guinness Six Nations match at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff. Picture date: Saturday February 25, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story RUGBYU Wales. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use is subject to restrictions. Editorial use only, no commercial use without the prior consent of the rights holder.

They also spoke of their children George, nine, Charlotte, seven and Louis, four, during their visit (Image: PA)

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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