The British monarchy are traditionally associated with certain upper-class sports, pursuits like hunting, riding, cricket, rugby, or polo. But in recent years, they’ve come to see the wisdom of associating with the passions of the masses they constitutionally reign over. So they’ve taken up supporting football clubs.
As you may remember from their failed World Cup hosting bid, Prince William is the President of the FA, and a known Aston Villa fan. Younger brother Harry is an avowed Gooner, taking after his grandmother and great-grandmother.
And now, Prince Charles, heir apparent to the throne, has revealed the team he supports: championship side Burnley.
Speaking at a reception for the British Asian Trust, the next in line to the throne said:
“A consortium of my charities, including the British Asian Trust, has been working in Burnley.
“Hence, some of you asked this evening whether I support a British football club and I said: ‘Yes – Burnley’.
“And people have responded ‘Burnley?’ Oh yes, because Burnley has been through some very challenging times and I’m trying to find ways of helping to regenerate and raise aspirations and self-esteem in that part of the world.
“My charities have been working there together to demonstrate that an integrated approach can produce the best dividends.”
Charles and his son William both like teams that play in claret, which I assume is because claret is also a type of wine, and because there isn’t a club called Interbreeding and Reinforcement Of The Class System Wanderers.
Full Story: The Sun