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Prince William pens personal message for special reason during family break

The Prince of Wales paid heartfelt tribute on social media

Prince William, Prince of Wales visits the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards
Diane Shipley
Diane ShipleySenior Online Writer
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Prince William took to Twitter on Wednesday evening to post a rare personal message for a reason close to his heart. 

The Prince of Wales is a long-time Aston Villa fan, and he reposted a tweet from the club about player Ashley Young, which read: "A true Aston Villa legend [handshake emoji]. Thank you for everything, @Youngy18 [purple heart emoji]." 

William sweetly added to his retweet: "Ash, thank you for the memories. W." 

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It was announced earlier in the day that Ashley is set to leave the club after a two-year stint and fans loved the Prince's kind tribute, with one commenting: "From a future King to a current King [crown emoji]" and another agreeing: "Kings recognise kings". "Spot on, Sir," replied a third, while the fourth added: "Love this". 

Prince William posted a heartfelt message

It's been a big day for football news, with the dad-of-three previously sharing his excitement about the selection of the England women's team for the 2023 World Cup. 

Prince William enjoying an Aston Villa match© Getty
Prince William enjoying an Aston Villa match

William wrote: "An exciting summer ahead for a team that's already achieved so much and inspired so many. Congratulations to every member of the @Lionesses squad and good luck! W."

Prince William at a football match with Princess Kate and Prince George
The Prince at a football match with Princess Kate and Prince George

The Prince of Wales, who is the chairman of the FA, presented the trophy to Chelsea after they won the winning team of the Women's FA Cup final at Wembley earlier this month, although it came after some personal disappointment as the team Chelsea beat Aston Villa 1-0 to reach the final where they emerged victorious against Manchester United. 

Prince William at the Vitality Women's FA Cup Final © Getty
The royal at the Vitality Women's FA Cup Final

Earlier on Wednesday, the Prince of Wales also interrupted his half-term break from royal duties to make an announcement about one of his key projects. 

Prince William rowing on an official visit to Germany on July 20, 2017 in Heidelberg© Getty
Prince William enjoys watching and competing in sports

In a retweet from William's official royal Twitter account on Tuesday, it was confirmed that the Earthshot Prize has partnered with YouTube "to produce content which inspires users to drive action against climate change with stories of urgent optimism from around the world". 

William and Kate smile on red carpet at James Bond premiere, 2021© Getty
Prince William and Princess Kate are on a half-term break from royal duties

The Earthshot Prize was founded by the Prince and The Royal Foundation in 2020 to find solutions to "repair" the planet. The YouTube channel will share mini-documentaries, Q&As and YouTube Shorts to help the Prize reach younger and more international audiences. 

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In a statement, the Prince said: "The Earthshot Prize is all about showing the world that solutions to some of the biggest environmental challenges we face are out there. 

William and Kate smile at each other at Eartshot Prize 2021© Getty
William's Earthshot Prize has announced a partnership with YouTube

"After two years of discovering impactful ideas and innovations, I am delighted that The Earthshot Prize is travelling to Singapore, where the ground-breaking solutions of our 2023 Finalists will be celebrated." 

As is tradition, the five Winners of The Earthshot Prize 2023 will be awarded £1million in prize money to further boost their environmental solutions. 

The Princess of Wales wearing a green dress and emerald choker at the Earthshot Prize© Getty
Kate beaming at the Earthshot Prize 2022

The glitzy ceremony is set to feature a variety of impressive performances from world-renowned musicians and artists. For the first time this year, the awards ceremony will be accompanied by a week-long series of events dubbed Earthshot Week. 

These events will be aimed at mobilising and scaling innovative solutions to protect and repair the planet. Members of the public will also be invited to experience local activations centred on the 2023 cohort of Earthshot Prize solutions.

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