If I’m honest, it felt like an own goal from the palace.
Yes, one would expect Prince William as FA Chairman to visit the england team before leaving for Qatar, but where was your visit to see the Wales team? He is now, after all, the Prince of Wales.
When he visited the Senedd in Cardiff, the heart of Welsh democracy, his team no doubt wish to avoid any misleading political talk in public, it was the other controversial football issue that seems to have tripped him up.
His advisers would argue that he has always been a public supporter of England, and we would really expect him to switch allegiances entirely.
But on a day that was billed as a chance for him to discover what really matters to people in Wales and an important moment for networking, he could have done more to show his support for the national team.
This tournament is a big problem for the Welsh side. It is the first time they have reached the World Cup in 64 years.
And that may be a problem for William and his team, since it opened up the debate about his title to a much larger audience.
It certainly feels like he’s perfectly in the hands of those who don’t want him to be Prince of Wales.
‘It’s like an open wound’
In the days after the King granted him the title, more than 30,000 people signed an online petition against it.
Elfed Wyn ap Elwyn, a Plaid Cymru councilor in North Wales, tabled a motion in Gwynedd Council to abolish the title.
He told me that he would not welcome William on a visit and that there is not much the Prince can do to win him over.
“The historical aspect of all this is like an open wound. Many people still see the title of Prince of Wales as a symbol of the subjugation of Wales,” he said.
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“Everything from the Welsh Nots to people denying Wales as a country. It seems that the idea of a Prince of Wales represents all of that.
“There’s really nothing the title represents that is Wales. It doesn’t represent the culture. It doesn’t represent the language. It just doesn’t represent the nation, and it’s time it was abolished.”
Welsh Nots were wooden boards designed to be worn around the neck by schoolchildren in the 19th century in an attempt to shame them into speaking Welsh.
I was told that William, when it comes to his new role, wants to do the right thing, he wants to be authentic and to deepen the trust and respect of the people of Wales over time.
They also told me that away from the cameras, inside the Senedd, there were some challenging conversations with representatives of political parties who did not agree with his new role, but he was happy to accept it and was finally there to listen. .
But as emotions build up before the first World Cup matches, there will be those who think if they are not supporting the team, are they really one of them?