After raising hopes of all Englanders, only to go down fighting hard, the country’s soccer team lost 2-1 in overtime in the quarter-finals match against Croatia in the coveted World Cup competition.
After boldly predicting a final victory for the English squad in a short video on Tuesday, the Duke of Cambridge was forced to address the issue again in the wake of the defeat, this time with a decidedly different tone.
"Guys, good luck tonight. I'm seriously excited about it. You've done utterly amazing throughout the whole tournament. I wish the best for tonight. It's coming home. Come on England!"
In an effort to soften the blow of the bitter disappointment, Prince William took to Twitter on Wednesday with inspiring words for not only the country but also to the valiant players who must be utterly crushed by the loss.
Squad members of the amazing English team are: Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford (Everton), Jack Butland (Stoke), Nick Pope (Burnley)
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Kyle Walker (Man City), Kieran Trippier, Danny Rose (both Tottenham), Harry Maguire (Leicester), Phil Jones (Man Utd), John Stones (Man City), Gary Cahill (Chelsea)
Midfielder: Jordan Henderson, (Liverpool), Eric Dier, Dele Alli (both Tottenham), Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young (both Man Utd), Fabian Delph (Man City), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea),
Forwards: Raheem Sterling (Man City), Jamie Vardy (Leicester), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Man Utd), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal).
Not only was the Tweet itself priceless in its tone - words of praise and encouragement - it also marks the first time that the Duke of Cambridge has ever posted to social media.
"I know how disappointed @england must feel right now but I couldn’t be more proud of this team and you should hold your heads high. You’ve had an incredible #WorldCup, made history, and gave us fans something to believe in. We know there is more to come from this @england team. W"
We applaud Prince William for taking the time to soothe the wounded pride of so many of his countrymen and we are bolstered by the way he handled the crushing blow, pointing to the team’s historic finish and for bringing the nation together with a common goal.
England moves on to play Belgium for third place in the global competition.
Here’s hoping that the Duke continues posting to the Palace’s Twitter account. It’s inspiring to hear his heartfelt emotions first-hand, and it only goes to reinforce the world’s infinite affection for the future king.
To look back on a happier occasion, watch the video, below, that depicts fan reaction to England's July third victory over Colombia