Why the Royal Family Won't Attend the England Vs. Croatia World Cup Game

Why Isn't the Royal Family at the World Cup?
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex speak to players who are involved in community outreach projects at Croke Park, home of Ireland's largest sporting organisation, the Gaelic Athletic Association during their visit to Ireland on July 11, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. Harry and Markle missed London vs. Croatia game at the World Cup games on July 11, 2018. Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images

England's soccer team has the support of Prince William and Prince Harry, even though neither of the royals plans to be present at the World Cup semi-final match in Moscow on Wednesday.

Although Queen Elizabeth's grandsons are avid soccer fans, their busy schedules likely got in the way of them attending the game, which could see England advancing to the FIFA World Cup for the first time in more than 50 years.

Despite their absence, the brothers are rooting for their home team to claim the winning trophy in England's game against Croatia. William publicly supported the soccer team in a statement Kensington Palace shared on Wednesday. "A new generation is enjoying the magic of this World Cup run. The whole country is right behind you tonight. Come on England—it's coming home!"

William, the Duke of Cambridge, is likely in London after celebrating his youngest son Prince Louis' christening on Monday and attending a ceremony honoring the British Army and Royal Navy at Westminster Abby on Tuesday. Considering how passionate William is about soccer, there's a possibility the prince will watch the game and live tweet from the Kensington Palace Twitter account as he did during England's victory against Sweden on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Harry and his wife Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, arrived in Ireland on Wednesday, marking their first royal visit to the country since tying the knot in May. The couple spent much of the day with Ireland's officials, including President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina Coyne, but they made time to meet with some of Ireland's rugby legends as well as dozens of young Gaelic footballers at Croke Park in Dublin.

England hasn't advanced to the semi-finals since 1990. The last time they won the tournament was in their home stadium in 1966.

Meeting young gaelic footballers at @CrokePark, home of the @OfficialGAA #RoyalVisitIreland pic.twitter.com/A79sdrKU2t

— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) July 11, 2018