(LONDON, ENGLAND) – Both HRH Prince William and David Beckham couldn’t hide their disappointment in Zurich on Thursday evening, after the result of the 2018 World Cup bidding process saw Russia win the right to host the FIFA competition.
As the President of The FA, Prince William was part of Thursday’s final presentation from the 2018 Bid team, which attracted plaudits from around the world but ultimately wasn’t enough to secure the votes needed from FIFA’s Executive Committee members to host the World Cup in England.
“We are extremely disappointed,” he said. “We had a very strong bid but sadly, it didn’t work out.
“The guys have done a really fantastic job with a professional campaign, but congratulations have to go to Russia and I’m sure they’ll host a very good World Cup.
“Everyone’s a bit down because they all put their backs into it and I’m immensely proud to have been a part of it.
“I feel sorry for the fans back home, but we did everything we could.”
As Vice-President of the England 2018 Bid, Beckham joined Prince William in sharing the disappointment of the nation after the result.
“I think the whole bid team can be proud of everything,” he said. “The presentation was exceptional and everyone has told us that it was the one of the best, if not the best
“There’s more disappointment than anything right now, because there’s been a lot of hard work and a lot of belief in our country that we were going to get the World Cup.
“But it just wasn’t to be, so we offer our congratulations to Russia and Qatar.”