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Prince William joins 21,000 fans at FA Cup Final Covid test event at Wembley Stadium

Prince William stepped inside the Wembley Stadium to greet players ahead the FA Cup final between Chelsea FC and Leicester City.

The Duke of Cambridge is an avid football fan and is the President of the Football Association (FA).

It was his first public appearance since the release of a podcast featuring his brother Prince Harry in which he seemingly criticised Prince Charles and his upbringing.

It was his first public appearance since the release of a podcast featuring his brother Prince Harry 

Duke of Cambridge meets the Leicester City team prior to The Emirates FA Cup Final

Duke of Cambridge speaks with Jamie Vardy of Leicester City prior to The Emirates FA Cup Final match between Chelsea and Leicester City at Wembley Stadium

The Duke of Sussex compared life in the Royal Family as a mix between The Truman Show and being in a zoo.

However, William seemed to be in a good mood as he met the players despite the Royal tensions.

London's Wembley Stadium played host to 21,000 fans for the FA Cup final on Saturday, after Oliver Dowden warned theatres, sports and music venues that the UK is entering a 'period of heightened vigilance' as the Indian variant threatens the return of live events.

The match is the latest Government pilot event to trial life after lockdown, with every attendee required to return a negative lateral flow Covid-19 test before travelling to the stadium.

The Culture Secretary said the Government will continue to assess the spread of the variant in the coming weeks and update venues on their reopening.

Prince William seemed to be in a good mood despite the recent tensions with Prince Harry

Limited audiences will be allowed back into theatres, music venues and sports stadiums from Monday as part of the third stage of Boris Johnson's road map out of lockdown.

Step four - planned for June 21 - would see social distancing end and many venues able to stage shows to a full house for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

This year's FA Cup final will see Chelsea compete for a ninth victory in this competition, which would make them the third-most successful team in the tournament - behind record-winners Arsenal and Manchester United.

Meanwhile, Leicester City, who lie just behind Chelsea in the Premier League table in fourth place, are competing in their first FA Cup final for 52 years.

On Thursday, Prince Harry appeared in the latest episode of Holywood actor Dax Shepard's podcast, Armchair Expert.

During the 90-minute long interview, he said he wanted to 'break the cycle' of pain and suffering inflicted on him during his upbringing.

He wants to adopt a different method of parenting different from his father's.

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