Englandin the presence of women’s world cup against the last spain on Sunday (coverage begins at 5 a.m. ET Kickoff at 6PM ET on Fox and the Fox Sports App) has sparked a royal controversy at home, with Britain’s ruling family receiving criticism over its decision not to send key dignitaries to Australia for the games.

While Spain’s Queen Letizia and Princess Sofia immediately announced plans to fly to Sydney and attend one of the most anticipated matchups in women’s soccer history, neither head of state King Charles nor his eldest son, Prince William will travel.

Prince William’s absence has drawn particular criticism from some sections of the British media and its wider public. Now first claimant to the throne, the prince has served as president of England’s Football Association for the past 17 years.

However, according to multiple reports in England, he has no plans to go on a summer break and take such a long flight, which will not be a journey of more than a few days.

“I think the prince wales There has to be,” former United Kingdom sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe told the Daily Telegraph. “I know it’s a long journey, and I’m sure he has family commitments, but it’s a unique moment. It’s the World Cup final and he’s the chairman of the FA.”

In England’s only previous World Cup final, when the men’s team won it all in 1966, Queen Elizabeth, the late mother of King Charles, was present and presented the trophy to captain Bobby Moore, although that game took place at Wembley Stadium in London .

Prince William was present when the England men’s team lost Italy In the final of the European Championship in 2021 and when the Lionesses won the Euro against Germany last year. Then again, both of those games were at Wembley.

The England women’s team and their displays of high quality football and fearless resilience have captured the hearts of the nation, perhaps more so than their Euro triumph on home soil.

In late June, in his role as President of the Football Association, Prince William wished the England team well ahead of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. (Photo by Phil Noble – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Criticism of the royal stance has been strong, while it is also not well accepted that Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will not step down.

“As soon as we got to the final, (Prince William) should have been on a plane to get out,” said former national team goalkeeper Peter Shilton, a member of the 1990 men’s team that lost to the West in the World Cup semi-final penalty shootout. They went. Germany, told GB News. “He should show (his) face.”

“Why isn’t Prince William going to Australia to see it? Lioness, Royal’s absence sparks controversy,” read a section of the Daily Mail headline.

On the Spanish side, Queen Letizia and Princess Sofia wasted no time in arranging plans once this red Beat Sweden for the women’s team to advance to their first finals appearance. The royal announcement was warmly welcomed by both Spain and the members of the squad.

In a show of fairness to Williams, he met members of the Lions team before leaving for the tournament and also presented an honorary award to Native coach Sarina Wiegmann. Netherlands, At the time his leave was arranged, it was apparently not known how far England would progress.

Women’s World Cup final preview: Spain vs England

However, under the innovative and influential Wigman Lioness Hosts Australia advance to championship game after coming from behind in strong semi-final performance Colombia a round earlier, and survived the penalty shootout Nigeria In the last 16

in-form forward alexia russo When asked if she and her teammates could get the job done and lift the trophy, she was brimming with confidence.

“Yes,” she told the BBC. “Why not?”

Martin Rogers is a columnist for Fox Sports and author of the Fox Sports Insider newsletter. Follow him on Twitter @mrrogersfox And Subscribe to the Daily Newsletter,

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