Prince William: I'd 'Fully Support' My Children if They Were Gay

Jacquie Cadorette
June 27, 2019 - 9:44 am

In a heartwarming moment, Prince William has revealed that he would be “absolutely fine” with any of his kids being gay. It’s the prejudices of other people that concern him the most. 

While at an LGBT youth charity in London, Prince William revealed that the possibility of one of his children being gay is something he’s thought about since becoming a parent. But it’s not their sexuality that worries him – it’s how people’s ignorance would affect their lives, BBC reports.

“I fully support any decision they make,” he begins. “I wish we lived in a world where 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,” he said to the Albert Kennedy Trust, supporting young, LGBT people at risk of becoming homeless. 

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

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The royals have come under scrutiny recently for their seemingly old-fashioned ways, especially since trailblazer Meghan Markle joined the family. Now, it’s clear that serious thoughts surrounding the possibility of an openly homosexual royal is long overdue. 

While Prince William takes a very open-minded stance on the matter, his concerns run deeper than having a gay child. 

“How many barriers you know, hateful words, persecution, all that and discrimination that might come, that’s the bit that really troubles me,” he says. 

But while a family in the spotlight has understandable concerns about the fear and prejudice of onlookers, Prince William believes there’s still hope for the situation to turn around completely.

“But that’s for all of us to try and help correct and make sure we can put that to the past and not come back to that sort of stuff,” he says in a moment of hope.