Prince William is risking himself, exposing his royalty to vulnerability as he decided to attend the England versus France friendly match at Wembley in the wakes of the Paris attacks. Palace insiders reveal he was not expected to attend after the massacre but the Duke of Cambridge insisted by virtue of “solidarity.”
Prince William will be joining the 90,000 fans of the English and French football at Wembley on Tuesday night to show defiance and solidarity with Paris after the onslaught that happened on Nov. 13, The Telegraph reported. The Duke insisted attendance despite security risks because as the President of the Football Association, his presence will significantly reflect the support of Britain to the French people.
“He wants to go to show solidarity with the people of France. He was not scheduled to go but he decided today that he wants to be there,” a spokesman for Prince William told The Telegraph. It is expected that security for the prince will be beefed up.
The stadium meanwhile, even without Prince William, will be heavily guarded, The Express UK reported. Deputy assistant commander Peter Terry from the Metropolitan Police’s Specialist Crime and Operations Command said, “We’ve reassessed what security we think we need for tomorrow night’s occasion, which will of course be a fairly somber occasion especially considering who we’re playing.”
The commander noted that police was of no information that there is an imminent attack at the event, he however advised for the people to remain vigilant. “People travelling to and from the ground will see additional police officers at transport modes, they will see additional police officers on the walk up Olympic Way to the stadium, and in and around the stadium they will see armed officers, which is something they wouldn’t normally see,” Terry said further. He also warned ahead that that officers out on foot will be carrying firearms during the event.