Prince William Getting Booed At Liverpool Sparks Debate

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Prince William has many royal duties, and one of them that many people might not be aware of is that he’s the president of the Football Association (which is actually soccer). Because of his title, the Duke of Cambridge attended the FA Cup final on May 14, which saw Chelsea take on Liverpool.

According to LiverpoolWorld, the people booing were actually just following a long tradition, which started in the 1980s in  protest of Conservative government policies. This then followed into 1989 when the Hillsborough disaster occurred, where 96 Liverpool fans died during the FA Cup semi-final.

However, it seems like there’s a bit of debate about whether or not the booing should be praised or condemned.

According to LiverpoolWorld, the people booing were actually just following a long tradition, which started in the 1980s in protest of Conservative government policies. This then followed into 1989 when the Hillsborough disaster occurred, where 96 Liverpool fans died during the FA Cup semi-final.

When fans booed the national anthem, this was actually a symbolic extension of the Tory (Conservative) government. In this instance, the booing was also toward Prince William due to many feeling like he inherited wealth while many in the U.K. dealt with a cost of living crisis.

The booing quickly sparked a debate. Is it ever okay to boo in this context? Royal fans say yes and no.

“I think it would be the right thing to do if Jurgen Klopp made a public apology on behalf of the Liverpool Fans to HRH Prince William on their despicable & outrageous behaviour during the National Anthem,” one person said.

“Disgusted with Wembley booing Prince William and the National anthem especially after cleaning his diary to present Deborah James with her Damehood yesterday,” another wrote. (Deborah James is a cancer campaigner famous for reframing how we approach death).

Some were most concerned that this booing instance was gaining more attention than when soccer fans act in racist ways. “The outrage at Prince William being booed at the FA Cup Final is greater to some than when players are subjected to racist chants,” wrote radio presenter Lorraine King. “I’m seeing people lose their minds over this who have been absolutely silent in the past when it comes to racist abuse.”

It’s quite the confusing topic! Check out the video below for even more debate with Michael Cole, a former BBC television journalist and royal correspondent, and the hosts of Good Morning Britain.

Do you think it’s okay to boo the national anthem? What did you think of how fans reacted?