The Prince was visibly upset when England lost to Italy in a penalty showdown at the sporting event leading to him being mocked and taunted online.
Now Royal Biographer Angela Levin has claimed that the incident left his parents “so upset” at how cruel people can be.
Speaking on True Royal TV she said: “They’ve been so upset by the rudeness of people mocking a little boy. I hope they can overcome that.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have growing fears for their son as he gets older, with the negative effects of social media reportedly weighing heavily on their minds.
Sign of the times
A source recently told US Weekly: “Of course, William and Kate are nervous about what the future holds for George. He’s growing up in a different era to his parents. Times have changed since then.
“There wasn’t social media or internet trolls when William and Kate were children. The Cambridges feel it’s necessary to shield George, Charlotte and Louis from the spotlight and have become cautious about the appearances they make.”
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They stressed: “Kate and William are being more selective about the events he attends.”
George, eight, has also become the subject of further mocking in a new HBO Max television show.
The programme is based on parodies of all characters, but the inclusion of the young children has come under fire from critics.
Good Morning Britain guest Dr. Shola Mos-Shogbamimu – a women’s rights activist and author – recently told the show: “Bottom line, children are off-limits. Creating a parody to poke fun at an 8-year-old is not funny.
It’s uncalled for, and it goes against our collective sense of responsibility.”