Italy Fans Parade Meghan Markle Banner as Team Crush England's Dreams

Italian soccer fans waved a banner reading "Meghan one of us" during their country's victory over England in the European Championship final.

The Duchess of Sussex told Oprah Winfrey of her experiences of trolling and racist abuse during her two years in Britain's royal family.

A group of Italy fans wrote her name down the white stripe in their green, white and red tricolore flag to show their support.

The banner had extra pertinence as, after the match, England fans racially abused three of their own Black players in an incident with echoes of Meghan Markle's experience.

Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Sako all missed penalties in the nail-biting shoot out that decided the game, which had ended 1-1.

Prince William today took to Twitter to condemn the abuse the trio received.

He wrote: "I am sickened by the racist abuse aimed at England players after last night's match.

"It is totally unacceptable that players have to endure this abhorrent behaviour.

"It must stop now and all those involved should be held accountable. W"

Siamo in minoranza ma ci siamo anche noi a Wembley: forza ragazzi, FATEVI SENTIRE! 🗣️💚🤍❤️#Euro2020 | #ITA | #ENG | #ItaliaInghilterra | #Euro2020Final

— Eurosport IT (@Eurosport_IT) July 11, 2021

In October, Meghan told the Teenager Therapy podcast how she was the most trolled person of 2019.

She said: "I'm told that in 2019 I was the most trolled person in the entire world—male or female.

"Now eight months of that I wasn't even visible.

"I was on maternity leave or with a baby but what was able to just be manufactured and churned out, it's almost unsurvivable."

Prince Harry described Meghan's experience of being trolled in his Apple TV documentary The Me You Can't See.

He said: "It went to a whole new depth with not just traditional media but also social media platforms as well. I felt completely helpless.

“Recognizing the rich diversity of cultures which make this country so special – and in many ways unique – lies at the heart of what we can be as a nation.”

- The Prince of Wales, Windrush Day 2020.

Well done @England on your fantastic #Euro2020 performance! You made us proud.

— The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall (@ClarenceHouse) July 12, 2021

"I thought my family would help but every single ask, request, warning, whatever it is, got met with total silence or total neglect.

"We spent four years trying to make it work. We did everything that we possibly could to stay there and carry on doing the role and doing the job, but Meghan was struggling."

The abuse by England fans was roundly condemned in the aftermath including by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and health secretary Sajid Javid.

England manager Gareth Southgate told a press conference: "It's just not what we stand for. We have been a beacon of light in bringing people together, in people being able to relate to the national team, and the national team stands for everybody—and so that togetherness has to continue.

"We have shown the power our country has when it does come together and has that energy and positivity together.

"Everybody has to remember when they support they team that they also represent England and should represent what we stand for.

"We have had a positive effect on lots of areas of society, but we can't affect everything – other people have responsibilities in those areas. We have to work collectively to constantly improve those things."

Yesterday Prince Charles' Twitter account posted: "Well done
@England on your fantastic #Euro2020 performance! You made us proud."

Alongside, it quoted a comment by the prince on last year's Windrush Day, which honors Britain's Caribbean community.

Charles said: "Recognizing the rich diversity of cultures which make this country so special – and in many ways unique – lies at the heart of what we can be as a nation."

Meghan Markle and the Italy Flag
Meghan Markle at a reception hosted by the Governor General at Admiralty House in Sydney on October 16, 2018. A Italy supporter in Rome waves a flag as he celebrates Italy beating England to win the UEFA EURO 2020 on July 11, 2021. A different group of supporters held a flag reading 'Meghan one of us' at the match in London. STEVE CHRISTO/AFP and VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/via Getty Images