‘He said “bring it in”… I said “thank you sir!”‘: England captain Leah Williamson reveals it was Prince William who initiated their heartwarming hug during the Euro 2022 final trophy presentation
- Leah Williamson called England’s Euro 2022 win the proudest moment of her life
- The Lionesses captain led her side to a 2-1 victory against Germany at Wembley
- Defender Williamson shared a hug with Prince William before lifting the trophy
Williamson and her fellow Lionesses beat Germany 2-1 to win the tournament in what was a landmark day for women’s football in this country.
Asked about the hug, and what was said, defender Williamson revealed: ‘I think I went to shake his hand and he said, ”Leah, bring it in” and I said, ”Thank you sir”. He was like, ”I’m very proud of you all”.’
Leah Williamson shared a hug with Prince William following England’s final victory
Williamson was also thrilled to receive such a heartfelt message of congratulations from the Queen, adding: ‘I’m a big fan of the royal family so it means a lot.’
Williamson, who was only given the armband by manager Sarina Wiegman in April, could not hold back her emotion after the Lionesses’ extra-time victory over Germany.
‘I just can’t stop crying,’ she said on BBC One. ‘Something like this, we talk and we talk and we talk and we finally did it. It’s about doing it on the pitch and I’ll tell you what, the kids are alright.
‘It is the proudest moment of my life. I am taking everything in, every piece of advice I had was to take every single second in, so I can relive it for ever. I’ll be reliving that for a long time.
Williamson and her fellow Lionesses beat Germany 2-1 to win the tournament
‘The legacy of this tournament is the change in society. The legacy of this team is winners. I love every single one of you (the fans). I’m so proud to be English. I’m trying hard not to swear.’
England’s players gatecrashed Wiegman’s post-match press conference with a chorus of Three Lions while goalkeeper Mary Earps danced on the table.
Before England’s Euro 2022 victory celebration at a packed Trafalgar Square in central London, Williamson admitted she was feeling ‘a bit rough’.
But the England captain still managed to find poignant words to describe the significance of what winning this tournament will do for the women’s game.
‘The legacy of the tournament was already made before that final game, the young girls and the women who can aspire to be us,’ Williamson said. ‘We’ve changed the game, hopefully in this country and across the world.’