When royal fans are lucky enough to meet Prince William or Kate Middleton, many people choose to give the proud parents-of-three small gifts for their children, Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 3, and Prince Louis, 4 months.
But when William, 36, visited the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, England on Friday, Sept. 7 to check out the The Great Exhibition of the North, the Prince was given a special gift for son George — but wasn’t too happy to accept the present.
In photos from the event, Sir Gary Verity, chairman of the Great Exhibition of the North, can be seen giving William a black and white Newcastle United soccer jersey personalized with George’s name on the back. The problem? William is a devoted Aston Villa soccer fan!
“Oh my goodness, I don’t know about this,” William told Verity, according to The Sun, while accepting the gift with a funny grimace on his face. “It’s very kind… This is going to make my football team discussions a lot harder.”
During past interviews, William has spoken quite openly about his obsession with soccer and his love for the Aston Villa team. “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 roller coaster moments,” he once told the BBC.
Earlier this summer, William also opened up about hoping to get his two oldest children, George and Charlotte, interested in playing sports. While William and Kate, 36, were chatting with tennis star Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon in mid-July, the player asked the couple, “How are your children?” The Prince then replied, “Very well, thanks, very well. Trying to get a tennis racket in their hand — and a football!” How cute!
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