David Beckham, soccer stud and official unofficial member of the English soccer team competing in South Africa at the 2010 World Cup tournament, met up with the Princes of Wales William and Harry at the Saxon Hotel in Johannesburg for a little photo op/chill session. It turns out that there was a breach of security in the English locker room as an irate fan bursted in to berate Becks for the team’s “poor” performance at the World Cup thus far this year (cuz, you know, it’s his fault). Being the cheerful good sports that they are, the Princes took full blame for the fan’s ability to breach security … by joking that they must’ve left the door to the locker room open ;)
Prince William joked last night that he and his brother were to blame for the security breach after England’s dismal World Cup performance against Algeria. The Prince made light of leaving the door of the player’s dressing room ajar after a morale-boosting post-match visit to the down-spirited team – paving the way for an irate fan to charge in and berate the squad. The supporter was confronted by former England captain David Beckham, who told him: ‘This isn’t the time or the place – you need to get out.’ But William insisted: ‘Harry and I left the door open. And that’s why it happened. It was our fault. We take full responsibility.’ Although security was tight while the Princes chatted to the players, it relaxed after they left and it was at this point that the supporter – who is being sought by police – was able to foil guards. The incident followed many English fans booing the team off the pitch in Cape Town after the 0-0 draw, and the England players have taken their anger seriously, cancelling two sightseeing trips the team were due to take yesterday, fearing more confrontations. Before England’s embarrassing display incurred the wrath of their fans, there was talk of a team visit to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated. But wanting to avoid more encounters with angry supporters, the players decided against it yesterday. A trip to Table Mountain was also canceled … So with all this turmoil it was just as well that the Princes and Beckham tried to raise the team’s morale with their dressing room visit before the intruder intervened. Prince William said he hoped the impromptu visit had managed to lift the players’ spirits, adding: ‘The game wasn’t a loss, it was a draw. When the guys went into the changing room they were fairly upset with how they played, but by the time we finished, we’d laughed and joked. Harry and I behaved like idiots. We tried to get David in on the act as well and the three of us tried to raise some spirits. That was all we did really.’ Asked about England’s performance, Prince William, who is president of the FA, spoke instead about the fans, praising them for the way they got behind their team, despite the booing towards the end. ‘You could hear the England fans over the vuvuzelas which is quite impressive because there is quite a noise from vuvuzelas,’ he said. Prince Harry was similarly upbeat. ‘It was a draw, we can still top the group, which is fantastic news. We are all really looking forward to next week. ‘A win is a win next week no matter how many we score. It would be nice to see the team really enjoying it and actually smiling and playing football, the football that we all know they can play.’ Yesterday, Beckham said the incident with the fan in the dressing room had been blown out of proportion, saying: ‘Luckily it was five minutes after the Princes had left. The fan just walked in very casually and said something to me and then walked out. There was no scuffle, there was no aggression at all.’ Declining to divulge what the fan said exactly, Beckham added: ‘That was a very personal conversation. He didn’t comment on the performance. He walked in and said: “Hello”.’
Um … this kind of breach of security is pretty scary. Who knows what kind of nutjob could’ve wandered into the locker room. I understand security escorted the guy out of the stadium and let him go … HELLO!? He could’ve been a psycho! But, fortunately, nothing bad happened … so we can focus on these amazing pictures of the Becks/Princes sandwich. They all look pretty damn good in their fancy English suits. These guys should hang out together more often.