Prince William has become the first royal to be on the front cover of Attitude magazine. His Royal Highness met with nine members of the LGBT community at Kensington Palace to discuss bullying and the mental health implications that follow. It is the first time a member of the Royal Family has been photographed for the cover of a gay publication.
Speaking to Attitude, William said that noone should be bullied for their sexuality or any other reasons.
‘The young gay, lesbian and transgender individuals I met through Attitude are truly brave to speak out and to give hope to people who are going through terrible bullying right now.
‘Their sense of strength and optimism should give us all encouragement to stand up to bullying wherever we see it.
‘I am very happy that the future King of The United Kingdom agrees this must stop and I would urge parents in particular to raise their voices in their communities to ensure that every school protects – really protects – all children.’
A Kensington Palace spokesman said: ‘The Duke of Cambridge is working hard to support the fight against bullying and to help break the stigma around mental health. He has established a taskforce on the prevention of cyberbullying and along with The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry is leading the Heads Together campaign on mental health and well-being.
‘He knows that LGBT young people suffer unacceptably high rates of bullying and he was grateful to Attitude for facilitating such a serious conversation on this topic. He was moved by the stories he heard and impressed by the positivity and courage of the people he met.’