Lionesses captain Leah Williamson reveals what Prince William said before that hug

2 Aug 2022, 12:23

England Women's National Football Team, Leah Williamson, Prince William

Lionesses captain Leah Williamson was spotted sharing a big hug with Prince William after their Euro 2022 victory on Sunday night (July 30).

Now, the 25-year-old has broken her silence behind the touching moment, revealing it was the future king who actually initiated it!

Leah led the Lionesses to victory on Sunday (Credit: Sky Sports / YouTube)

Lionesses captain on Prince William hug

On Sunday, for just the second time ever, a senior England side won a major trophy.

England Women managed to beat Germany in front of a packed Wembley stadium to win Euro 2022 over the weekend – and a certain royal fan couldn’t hide his delight.

Read more: 11 glorious tweets about the Lionesses’ history-making Euro 2022 win

Prince William was in attendance at the match and was spotted giving England captain Leah a big hug at full time.

Speaking about the hug, Leah said: “I think I went to shake his hand and he said, ‘Leah, bring it in’ and I said, ‘Thank you, sir’.”

“He was like, ‘I’m very proud of you all’,” she continued.

Prince William was hugely supportive of the Lionesses (Credit:

Prince William congratulates the Lionesses

Following the game, Prince William also sent a heartfelt message of congratulations to the Lionesses on Twitter.

“Sensational. An incredible win @lionesses and the whole nation couldn’t be prouder of you all,” he tweeted.

“Wonderful to see history in the making tonight at Wembley, congratulations! W.”

One fan replied: “I just loved the fact that you started shaking hands with the girls then halfway through broke protocol and went full on hugs! Well done!” 

“Love how you hugged the players! Shades of your amazing mum there,” another said.

“Absolutely loved that the official protocol was dropped just for a bit to celebrate with the team. Hugs and fist bumps from our future king. Amazing and so personal,” a third wrote.

“Your success goes far beyond the trophy you have so deservedly earned.

“You have all set an example that will be an inspiration for girls and women today, and for future generations.”

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏆 The Queen has sent a message of congratulations to the @Lionesses:

— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) July 31, 2022

The Queen’s message

Prince William wasn’t the only royal to send a message of congratulations to the Lionesses on Sunday.

The Queen herself also sent a message congratulating the girls on their win too.

“My warmest congratulations, and those of my family, go to you all on winning the Women’s European Championships,” she said.

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“It is a significant achievement for the entire team, including your support staff.”

She then continued, saying: “The Championships and your performance in them have rightly won praise. However, your success goes far beyond the trophy you have so deservedly earned.”

Reacting to the Queen’s message, Leah said: “I’m a big fan of the royal family so it means a lot.”

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