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Princess of Wales says England can leave Rugby World Cup with ‘heads held high’

Kate is patron of the Rugby Football Union and Rugby Football League (PA)
Kate is patron of the Rugby Football Union and Rugby Football League (PA) Kate is patron of the Rugby Football Union and Rugby Football League (PA)

The Princess of Wales has told England rugby players to walk away with their “heads held high” after their World Cup semi-final defeat to South Africa.

Kate, patron of the Rugby Football Union and Rugby Football League, told the players to be “so proud” of themselves in a personal post on social media.

England’s 16-15 defeat against the Springboks at the Stade de France means South Africa will play New Zealand in the final.

In a post on X, formerly Twitter, the future Queen wrote: “You can be so proud of yourselves @EnglandRugby.

“Though it may have been defeat today, you can walk away from this tournament with your heads held high. C.”