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Friday 9 December 2016

Baby Charlotte has caused me a few 'sleepless nights' - Prince

Baby Charlotte
Baby Charlotte
Prince William visit to FA National Football Centre

Princess Charlotte has been giving Britain's Prince William "a few sleepless nights", he has told England Women's World Cup squad.

William met the team at the National Football Centre before they start their campaign in Canada.

Steph Houghton, who captains the side, said the Duke told them about life with new arrival Charlotte, and older sibling Prince George.

She said: "He said George is very lively, and Princess Charlotte has been keeping him up all night, giving him a few sleepless nights.

"But he said he was just happy to have them both here."

In a lighter moment, Aston Villa fan William quipped that he might be facing "a bad day" after the FA Cup final is played at Wembley on May 30, with Villa playing Arsenal for the trophy.

As FA president he will be responsible for handing the cup to the winning side's captain.

He said: "It's either going to be a very good day for me, or a very bad day."

The prince also met a group of players from Derby who were taking part in a Homeless FA course, run under the umbrella of charity Centrepoint, of which he is patron.

They invited him to join their kick-about, but William offered his apologies, saying "I'll bring some more suitable attire next time."

William praised the female players' goal-scoring skills and said "they could teach the boys how to play - that's exactly what'll happen".

During the visit, the William, the FA's president since 2006, was to pose for an official photograph with the women's squad on one of the site's modern indoor artificial football pitches.

Team-mate Jill Scott said it was the third time she had met Prince William and he remembered that she had fouled him on the first occasion back in Newcastle, eight years ago.

Normal

"He's a normal guy and just wants to have normal conversations," she said.

Ms Scott added: "He said he's had a few sleepless nights with Charlotte, which also reflects he does have a normal life away from his duties as Prince."

England Women fly out to Canada next week, ahead of a pre-tournament friendly against the host nation.

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