The world can’t get enough of Kate Middleton and Prince William’s adorable children. Prince George (who is nearly six), Princess Charlotte (who made four last month) and Prince Louis (who is just over one) are absolutely adorable and because of their royal status, they are under constant scrutiny. In the midst of Pride Month, Prince Wiliam visited a charity that supports homeless LGBTQ youth. Whilst there, he got put on the spot and was asked how he’d react if one of his children came out to him. Here’s what the Duke of Cambridge had to say on the subject.
A true ally
“Absolutely, fine by me” Prince William declared proudly after he was asked how he’d respond if any of his children coming out to him as LGBT. The royal then went on to admit that it’s something he’s only recently started to consider these types of questions since he’s become a father.
Despite his royal title, the Duke of Cambridge sounded like any other supportive and concerned parent when talking about his children. Though he admitted that he would be completely supportive of his children should they come out, it made him nervous to think of all the discrimination they could possibly face if they do one day identify as LGBT.
“I’ve only started thinking about it since I’ve had children. It is something I’m nervous about, not because I’m worried about them being gay or anything. It’s more about the fact I’m worried about the pressure – as you all know – they’re going to face and how much harder their life could be. So from a parent point of you, that’s the angle I worry about” the 37-year-old confessed in a recent conversation that was recorded by Telegraph.
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Ahead of the annual #prideinlondon parade and in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, The Duke of Cambridge visited Albert Kennedy Trust (akt) to learn about the issue of LGBTQ+ youth homelessness, and the positive change that akt are enacting through their unique prevention and early action approach. The Duke met people supported by akt, and spoke to staff about the services they provide including the ‘Purple Door’ safe house, LGBTQ+ ‘host’ (or carer) services, in-person and online mentoring programmes and a range of youth engagement activities. Among the people The Duke met was Faz, an akt Young Ambassador and trans Muslim man. Faz lost his parents when he was younger and was living with extended family, but had to leave home after they reacted badly to him coming out as trans. akt helped support Faz, and he was one of the first people to move into Purple Door. Swipe to see Faz speak about how akt helped him, and see more from The Duke’s visit. Almost one quarter of the 150,000 young people facing or experiencing homelessness identify as LGBTQ+, and 77 per cent of those cite rejection or abuse from their families as what has led them to being so. akt has provided over 250,000 nights off the street and supported over 50,000 LGBTQ+ young people at risk of or experiencing homelessness. Today The Duke officially opened akt’s new services centre in Hoxton, which will host drop-in sessions for young people and grow its youth engagement offering. The Stonewall uprising took place in New York on June 28, 1969, and is seen as the moment that sparked the modern LGBTQ+ movement around the world. Pride marches around the world will be recognising the anniversary, including Pride in London, where akt staff and supporters will be marching. @aktcharity #LGBTQ #Pride
Prince William went on to confess that he wished things were different and that identifying as LGBT was a normalized and accepted way of life. But, the fact that people in the LGBT community still face attacks, discrimination, and persecution made him fearful of his children’s safety if they were LGBT “I wish we lived in a world where, like you said, Faz, it’s really normal and cool. But particularly for my family and the position that we are in, that’s the bit I’m nervous about” the Duke of Cambridge said candidly.
Showing his support
But despite his fears, Prince William made sure to reiterate that he’d be supportive of Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis no matter who they choose to love one day. “I support whatever decision they make, but it does worry me from a parent’s point of view how many barriers, hateful words, persecution, and discrimination that might come. That’s the bit that troubles me a little bit” he said.
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis join The Queen and Members of @TheRoyalFamily to watch the @RoyalAirForceUK @RAFRedArrows fly past over Buckingham Palace, following Trooping the Colour, The Queen’s Birthday Parade. Trooping the Colour has marked the official birthday of the British Sovereign for over 260 years. Over 1400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians come together each June in a great display of military precision, horsemanship and fanfare to mark The Queen's official birthday.📷PA @TheRoyalFamily #TroopingtheColour #BuckinghamPalace #QBP2019
It’s great to hear the Duke of Cambridge be so open about his support of the LGBTQ community. Certainly, Pince Harry’s statement seems to be the most blatant statement of support for the LGBT community issued by members of the royal family in quite some time. Though we’re not exactly sure how Middleton would react, we’d like to think that she shares her husband’s sentiments for this particular matter.
It can’t be easy for Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis to grow up with the world watching, but at least they have parents who will support them and whoever they choose to love no matter what.
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share some new photographs of their family as they visited the RHS Back to Nature Garden at the #ChelseaFlowerShow on Sunday afternoon. The photographs were taken by @mattporteous. The #RHSChelsea Back to Nature Garden, designed by The Duchess and award-winning landscape architects Andrée Davies and Adam White of Davies White Landscape Architects, is a woodland setting for families and communities to come together and connect with nature. Her Royal Highness is a strong advocate for the proven benefits the outdoors has on physical and mental health, and the positive impact that nature and the environment can have on childhood development in particular. Over the past months, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis have helped The Duchess gather moss, leaves and twigs to help decorate @The_RHS Back to Nature Garden. Hazel sticks collected by the family were also used to make the garden’s den. The Duchess told Monty Don in an interview for the BBC: “I really feel that nature and being interactive outdoors has huge benefits on our physical and mental wellbeing, particularly for young children. I really hope that this woodland that we have created really inspires families, kids and communities to get outside, enjoy nature and the outdoors, and spend quality time together.”
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