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Prince William’s ‘huge relief’ revealed after nail-biting few weeks

The Duke of Cambridge is famously an Aston Villa fan and has spoken out about his support of the club, as well as being spotted numerous times at matches. He will be very glad therefore that the Villa are not being relegated this season, after a tense period in which many believed they would be demoted from the Premier League. The final showdown was on the last day of the season, Sunday, in which Dean Smith’s side drew 1-1 to West Ham.

This just about kept them in the safe zone, while Bournemoth, Watford and Norwich City were all relegated to the Championship.

On the final day of the season, Watford lost 3-2 to Arsenal and Bournemouth won 3-1 against Everton.

This means that if Aston Villa had lost to West Ham, they could have been relegated.

For example, if they had not scored a goal in the final match and lost 1-0 to West Ham, they would have been equal with Bournemouth in terms of points, but behind on goal difference, meaning they would have been relegated.

Conversely, if Watford had won against Arsenal and Aston Villa’s score had remained the same, Villa would have gone down.

There are also multiple other possible results that could have resulted in either Bournemouth or Watford making the grade instead.

All this made for an incredibly tense few hours on Sunday for any fans of either of those three teams.

Prince William has previously spoken out about his loyalty to the Villains.

Ahead of their FA Cup defeat to Arsenal in May 2015 under Tim Sherwood, he spoke to BBC presenter Gary Lineker about his allegiance to the club.

William said: “A long time ago at school I got into football big time. I was looking around for clubs.

“All my friends at school were either Man United fans or Chelsea fans and I didn’t want to follow the run of the mill teams.

“I wanted to have a team that was more mid-table that could give me more emotional rollercoaster moments.”

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This season no doubt fulfilled his wishes in terms of the emotional rollercoaster.

The Duke added: “Aston Villa’s always had a great history.

“I have got friends of mine who supported Aston Villa and one of the first FA Cup games I went to was Bolton v Aston Villa back in 2000. Sadly, Villa went on to lose to Chelsea.

“It was fantastic, I sat with all the fans with my red beanie on, and I sat with all the Brummie fans and had a great time.”

“It was the atmosphere, the camaraderie and I really felt that there was something I could connect with.”

Speaking in February this year, William said: “People like Paul Merson were playing and I thought if people like him can play as well as he does, knowing the struggles he was under at the time… this is a club I can support.

“I was also born in ‘82, the year we won the European Cup, so I feel the history and the pedigree around Villa has always been quite close to me.”

William has been pictured at Villa games on numerous occasions, including at the executive box at Villa Park for the 0-0 Premier League draw against Sunderland in November 2013.

He was wearing a coat and scarf in the famous claret and blue.

He also attended the 2015 FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal, as a dignitary is the royal Box.

The Duke sat next to Villa owner Randy Lerner for the match in which his team lost 4-0 and William presented the trophy to Arsenal and handed out runners-up medals to Tim Sherwood’s players.

William also visited Villa Park for the 1-0 Championship victory over Cardiff City in April 2018.

He was pictured celebrating in an executive box with former Villa legend John Carew.

He stopped after the match to chat and have photographs with players and staff.

He also attended the play-off final defeat to Fulham at Wembley in May 2018, a week after his brother Harry’s wedding, and was at Carrow Road earlier this season to see the Claret and Blue Army win 5-1 to Norwich.

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