PRINCE William will not travel to watch England play in the World Cup next month amid a growing row over Qatar’s human rights record.
The FA President, 40, had been expected to attend games in the Middle East in November.
The hosts have been dogged by protests over poor conditions for stadium workers and criminalisation of same-sex relationships.
Friends say a trip to the final if Gareth Southgate’s team get there on December 18 is unlikely and would likely only be part of a government delegation.
Last night LGBT rights activists hailed his decision to stay away from Qatar.
In 2016, William became the first royal to appear on the cover of gay magazine Attitude, where he praised the bravery of gay, lesbian and transgender youngsters who have suffered bullying. He told the mag: “No one should be bullied for their sexuality.”
England skipper Harry Kane is among several captains planning to wear a rainbow “OneLove” armband during the tournament.
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Amnesty International has also urged Fifa to pay compensation of at least £350million to stadium workers for “human rights abuses”.
William and wife Kate’s diaries are laid out six months in advance but no space was found for Qatar.
They also have a string of unannounced engagements during the tournament.
Footie-mad William visited England’s training HQ in Staffs this month, and chatted with Southgate.
A spokesman declined to comment.