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Prince William reveals the surprising reason he did not cheer at son’s first football game

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In the Duke of Cambridge’s new documentary about men’s mental health which was released on Thursday, the prince spoke to CEO of the Football Association. Images show Prince William in the stands alongside his son Prince George, daughter Princess Charlotte and Kate Middleton when Aston Villa played Norwich City in October 2019.

Aston Villa had scored a goal, however, the royal family were sitting among Norwich supporters as the club is close to their country home in Norfolk, Anmer Hall.

The CEO of the Football Association told Prince William: “Yeah, I saw you celebrating. Great one to get the kids to.”

The Duke replied: “I wasn’t celebrating – that was the problem. I was sat with all the Norwich fans.

“So George was doing my bit of celebrating for me.”

This wasn’t the first time that Prince George showed the nation he is a football fan.

As well as playing with a football with his sister Charlotte last summer, the young prince was also seen sporting an official England Football Team jersey in two of his most recent birthday portraits.

This news came when Prince William was filmed meeting heads of the Football Association, the English Football League and the country’s top division the Premier League, on his new Heads Up mental health campaign.

The documentary focuses on the campaign and followed the Duke for a year as he took his message to clubs across the country from grassroots level to the elite clubs and players.

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“And we felt football was a really good way to be able to reach some of those hard to reach people.

“To get them to talk about their feelings, to not let things get to breaking point.”

The Duke of Cambridge has also spoken out about the potential impact of praising the NHS workers as “heroes” during the coronavirus pandemic.

The prince said the hailing could discourage workers from seeking support of they feel pressure to appear “strong”.

Speaking to the BBC One Show, Prince William said: “I think we’ve got to be very careful with the language that we use.”

He continued: “They should rightly be hailed as superstars, and brave, and wonderful staff; but I’m very conscious from a mental health point of view that we don’t alienate some of them.

“Where they feel that once they have this hero tag, they can no longer shake that, and therefore they can’t ask for support.

“They have to be this strong pillar of strength, when actual fact what we need them to be is examples of positive mental health.”

This week the original organiser of the weekly Clap For Carers suggested that the latest round of applause should be the final one.

They advised that the public clapping should then become an annual event.

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