Prince William Says He Would Be 'Absolutely Fine' with His Children Being Gay
The Duke of Cambridge revealed that he would be okay if any of his kids turned out to be gay. However, he would be bothered by the pressure they would face from society. The prince uttered these words during his visit an LGBT charity in east London.
Most traditional parents would be devastated on hearing that any of their kids identify as gay. But not Prince William.
The Duke Of Cambridge made a recent confession to affirm this fact during a visit to an LGBT charity in east London, Albert Kennedy Trust. The charity helps cater for young people who were kicked out of their homes and forced to live on their streets because of their sexuality.
The 37-year-old father-of-three was asked during the visit how he would react if one of his three kids identified as a gay or lesbian in the future.
To everyone's surprise, Prince William answered that he would be absolutely fine with it. He explained that for a while, he had been pondering the situation and that he recently discussed the matter with his wife, Catherine.
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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
"So Catherine and I have been doing a lot of talking about it to make sure they were prepared. I think communication is so important with everything."
However, the future king is not without worries about the subject matter. He disclosed that rather than being bothered about his kids' sexualities, he would be more worried about how society would treat them.
Prince William says he would "fully support" his child if they were gay— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) June 26, 2019
But he would worry about the "barriers, hateful words, persecution and discrimination that might come"
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Given that his three kids: Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis are third, fourth, and fifth in line to the throne, respectively, there would surely be a lot of persecution from society.
"The one thing I'd be worried about is how they – particularly the roles my children fill – is how that is going to be interpreted and seen, 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
During the visit, Prince William engaged in discussions with several ambassadors of the charity. He also opened a new services center in Hoxton. This is the first time a member of the British Royal Family is openly speaking about this controversial topic and visiting a dedicated LGBT organization.
The prince chatted with the Trust's chief executive officer, Tim Sigsworth and was given a gift bag complete with pride colors.
Many internet users were pleased with the duke's remarks and praised him for promoting equality.