“He said ‘bring it in’… I said ‘thank you sir’. England captain Leah Williamson has revealed that it was Prince William who initiated their warm embrace at the Euro 2022 final trophy presentation.
- Leah Williamson has called England’s Euro 2022 win the proudest moment of her life
- The Lions captain led his side to a 2-1 win over Germany at Wembley
- Defender Williamson hugged Prince William before lifting the trophy
Williamson and her fellow Lionesses beat Germany 2-1 to win the tournament on a momentous day women’s football in this country.
Asked what was said about the hug, defense attorney Williamson revealed: “I think I went to shake his hand and he said, ‘Leah, bring it,’ and I said, ‘Thank you, sir.’ He said. “I’m so proud of you all.”
Leah Williamson hugs Prince William after England’s final win
Williamson was also thrilled to receive such a heartfelt congratulations from the Queen, adding: “I’m a big fan of the royal family, so it means a lot.”
Williamson, whose manager Sarina Wigman only received the armband in April, could not contain his emotions after the Lions’ extra-time win against Germany.
“I just can’t stop crying,” she said BBC: One. ‘Something like this, we talk and talk and talk and finally we did it. It’s doing it on the field and I’ll say the kids are good.
“This is the proudest moment of my life. I take it all in, every bit of my advice was to take in every second so I can relive it forever. I will survive this for a long time.
Williamson and his fellow Lions beat Germany 2-1 to win the tournament
“The legacy of this tournament is the change of society. The legacy of this team is the winners. I love each and every one of you (fans). I am so proud to be English. I try not to curse.”
England players stormed Wigman’s post-match press conference with a chorus of “Three Lions” while goalkeeper Mary Earps danced on a table.
Before England Euro 2022 Williamson admitted to feeling “a bit rough” during a packed celebration in central London’s Trafalgar Square.
But the England captain still managed to find the words to describe what winning the tournament would mean for the women’s game.
“The legacy of the tournament was already there before that final game, the young girls and women who can claim to be us,” Williamson said. “We’ve changed the game, hopefully in this country and around the world.”
England captain Leah Williamson reveals how Prince William initiated their hug after the final
SourceEngland captain Leah Williamson reveals how Prince William initiated their hug after the final