Prince William gritted his teeth and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge clenched her fists as they supported Wales at Twickenham in a desperately tight match with group rivals Australia
The pair were on the edge of their seats as Wales fought to top the group of death, which has already cast England adrift, making them the first host nation not to progress out of the group stages.
The Duchess of Cambridge had her fists clenched as they sat in the stalls at Twickenham, in a game with plenty of drama, with Australia edging ahead throughout, while Wales piled on the pressure to get back in the game.
Prince William seemed to be gritting his teeth during a tense moment in a game that saw no tries, relying on the kickers to put the ball between the posts.
The pair looked jubilant when Wales picked up a penalty which put them within three points of Australia in the first half, and the Welsh team stayed close to their group rivals throughout most of the match.
But the Wallabies edged further ahead in the second half and eventually finished the game 15-6 ahead, meaning Wales will have to face South Africa in the quarter finals, while Australia will play Scotland.
The Duke of Cambridge is supporting Wales during the World Cup, but Harry, who was supporting England, was nowhere to be seen during the crucial qualifier game.
England played Uruguay at the City of Manchester stadium tonight but the game means nothing as there is no chance either of the teams can progress.
Both Scotland and Ireland have made it through their groups, with Scotland beating Samoa in a thrilling high-scoring match with Samoa today, claiming a 33-36 victory over the islanders, finishing second in the group behind South Africa.
Ireland are already through, but face France tomorrow to decide who progresses top of their group. The loser will be force to meet favourites New Zealand in the next round.
Earlier today, possession in the Wales game was hard to come by on the field as the threatening teams both fought hard for the ball. No tries were scored in the first half, but both teams managed to put some points on the board via their kickers thanks to a number of penalties.
Will and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge looked slightly more relaxed at half-time, with the score finishing 9-6 to Australia, Wales still within range of the lead.
Wales looked to be dominant in the second half, with Faletau making it over the tryline, only for the referee to call for a review and rule their efforts pointless.
The couple arrived at the game this afternoon after visiting Harrow College in north west London to speak with volunteers at the charity Mind, and the anti-stigma campaign Time to Change, after having dealt with their own mental health problems.
It was their first joint engagement in support of mental health issues and coincides with World Mental Health Day today – a day when awareness is raised around the world about the issue.
The Royals also joined students from Harrow College to take part in a Mindkit workshop which educates young people about emotional health and resilience.
The interactive session focused on the five ways to wellbeing and how it can be applied to help young people manage difficult times.
The couple first spoke with a group of young women, who had battled and overcome mental health problems, and shared their experiences.
William asked one volunteer: ‘What made you get involved do this as a vocation, almost?’ Nikki Mattocks, 18, replied: ‘For me it is because, for years – I have experience of hearing voices – and I never really felt there was a positive role model out there.
‘When I said that I was hearing voices, I was told that I must be a murderer. For me it is really important for people to know that we are just normal, average people.’
The Cambridges also heard from 21-year-old Jessica Kwamin who explained that she had overdosed in the classroom, and had subsequently been expelled.
She added: ‘My parents are from Africa and in Africa it is such a taboo subject – mental health – because you can’t see it, it isn’t real, you should be a bit stronger than that.’
Catherine Duchess of Cambridge asked her: ‘Do you feel that if help had been there earlier, that you would have accessed it earlier? Or did it come to the pushing point?’
Miss Kwamin, from Gravesend in Kent, replied: ‘I don’t think the help would have come to me if I didn’t come out and find it.’
Nosa Iyobhehe, 25, spoke of how she had battled with low confidence for years, and how working with others and helping them had also helped her.
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