Prince William released a statement on Monday slamming the “racist abuse” some black football players on the national team have been facing after England lost to Italy in the 2020 Euro Championship game on Sunday.
“I am sickened by the racist abuse aimed at England players after last night’s match,” the Prince said in a post on Twitter. “It is totally unacceptable that players have to endure this abhorrent behaviour. It must stop now and all those involved should be held accountable.”
But many Twitters users are calling William a hypocrite for supporting Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Bukayo Saka while never publicly coming to the defence of his sister-in-law, Meghan Markle, who is bi-racial and faced racism in the UK while working as a member of the British royal family.
“For years #sussexsquad has been told that we are ‘race baiters’ for highlighting the racism against Meghan Markle. Tonight, seeing the abuse hurled at Saka, Rashford and Sancho literally proves what we’ve been saying for years,” one person wrote.
“I am sickened by the racist abuse aimed at England players after last night’s match. But I love it when it’s aimed at my nephew and SIL Meghan Markle (winks),” wrote another.
“Prince William performative ally ship. His words would have legitimate credibility right now if he had condemned racist abuse towards Meghan Markle and Archie. His silence and complicity fuelled what he condemns today,” said someone else.
“Were you sickened by the racist abuse aimed at your sister-in-law Meghan Markle for years? What [about] your own blood nephew Archie?” asked a user, amid a sea of other tweets criticising William:
UK PM Boris Johnson also spoke out on Twitter, writing: “This England team deserve to be lauded as heroes, not racially abused on social media. Those responsible for this appalling abuse should be ashamed of themselves.”