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Prince George could be kept “out of the limelight” after a stream of social media abuse was hurled at him, a royal author and expert has claimed.
Robert Jobson, co-author of the book, Diana: Closely Guarded Secret, told Australian show Sunrise TV that the young prince could be taken out of the spotlight after football fans mocked him for wearing a suit and tie while watching the England vs Italy Euro 2020 final on Sunday July 11.
Speaking on Sunrise TV, Mr Jobson said: "With George, he got quite a lot of social media attention.
"Some were critical about him wearing a shirt and tie like his dad which I thought was very harsh.
"He has been very popular but I think they are going to try and keep him out of the limelight a little bit.
"They are very conscious of that.”
The adorable seven-year-old – who was pictured jumping for joy as the first goal against Italy was scored in the nail-biting final – looked the picture of smart in his suit and tie as he watched the match unfold.
Pictures of the young prince cheering from the VIP box with his dad Prince William and mum Kate Middleton were published all over social media, capturing adorable moments of the family.
Brunette beauty Kate looked stunning in a cream blazer, white t-shirt and black trousers and she accessorised the look with some bright red earrings.
While Prince William looked smart in a suit and a tie which matched his son’s, as he looked proudly on at Wembley Stadium.
However, fans questioned why the young prince – who had been referred to as a“lucky mascot” – was wearing a smart suit and tie for the occasion and not an England shirt.
Taking to Twitter to question the choice of outfit, one user wrote: "How does Prince George already look like a 45-year-old hedge fund manager?”
While another said: “Why is Prince George at the game in a suit and tie. He’s 7 let him wear shorts and an England shirt.”
But despite the criticism, it turns out there was a royal reason why the young prince had to be so smartly dressed.
And it appears it was his mother Kate who put her foot down and decided on his choice of attire for the evening.
Ex-Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli, who was providing commentary at the men's singles final at Wimbledon, revealed she had had afternoon tea with the duchess.
Commenting that only a small number of people at Centre Court were wearing an England shirt, the French tennis star explained: "I had an afternoon tea with the duchess and it was very much a discussion whether George will be allowed to wear the jersey tonight at Wembley or not.
"William was for it, Kate not so keen, so we'll see."
Other royal fans claimed that letting Prince George wear a Three Lions shirt would have gone against royal protocol, with one tweeting: "It's just because of the National Anthem.
"Kate has released photos of him in his England shirt before but when the Anthem is going to be played officially in public, he has to be in a tie (or uniform if military in later life).
"Downside to the role I guess."
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