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I'll have to ask missus before taking George to football, admits nervous Villa fan Prince William

By David Mercer

The Duke of Cambridge has revealed he would "love" to attend football matches with his son Prince George in the near future, but he will have to "pass that by the missus".

William, who is a loyal Aston Villa supporter, said it would be "fantastic" if his 22-month-old son decided to follow the same club as his father, although "it'll probably end up being that Charlotte is the Villa fan".

He was speaking to Match Of The Day presenter Gary Lineker ahead of Saturday's FA Cup final, where the Duke will watch his beloved Villa take on holders Arsenal at Wembley stadium.

In his first broadcast interview since the birth of his daughter Princess Charlotte, William admitted he was "terrified" ahead of the game as he prepares to present the trophy to the winning team.

Asked when he will take George to his first football match, the Duke replied: "I don't know, I'll have to pass that by the missus, see how I can get away with it. At the moment, being only 22 months, it's a little bit early."

William said the "responsible thing" would be to allow George to "make his own mind up" about which team to support but he may be "quite biased".

"Of course he can support whoever he wants, but if he supports Villa, it'd be fantastic," the Duke added. "I'd love to go to the odd match with him in the future. It'll probably end up being that Charlotte is the Villa fan, and George will go and support someone else," he joked.

William praised Villa's manager Tim Sherwood, who has also guided the team to Premier League safety, but admitted he would be "very nervous" during the match.

The full interview will be shown as part of BBC One's live coverage of the FA Cup final from 12.10pm on Saturday.

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