An Anglican cleric has suggested that people should wish the four-year-old Prince George find the love “of a fine young gentleman” when he is older.
The Very Rev. Kelvin Holdsworth is an active gay rights campaigner and believes that should the third-in-line to the throne, Prince George, turns out to be gay, the church would have to accept same-sex marriage.
The Church of England has only recently come around to the marriage of divorced people “in exceptional circumstances” only. As for same-sex marriage, the church’s website says “it remains the case that it is not legally possible for same-sex couples to marry”, despite the fact most of Britain permits it by law.
Holdsworth, the provost of St. Mary’s Cathedral in Glasgow, is part of the Scottish Episcopal Church. It is a seperate division of the Anglican Communion that since June allows same-sex marriages.
In a blog post by Holdsworth picked up steam on Thursday, he wrote that people should “pray in the privacy of their hearts (or in public if they dare) for the Lord to bless Prince George with a love, when he grows up, of a fine young gentleman.”
Adding on: “A royal wedding might sort things out remarkably easily, though we might have to wait 25 years for that to happen,
“Who knows whether that might be sooner than things might work out by other means.”
The media quickly jumped on the blog post which has turned out to be two-years-old but was re-posted after the engagement of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle, gaining the momentum.
The original post is no longer accessible on Holdsworth blog, but he has updated it explaining that “the post was entirely about the church and its policies around LGBT inclusion.”
He continued to apologise for any comments that may have hurt anyone, saying: “I could spend the next few weeks defending that post and keep reminding people what it was originally about. However, it seems to me that isn’t likely to be fruitful. The ironic comment that I made quite a while ago could be seen as hurtful to members of the Royal Family, a group of people whom I actually rather admire.
“I’m sorry that something that I wrote has been interpreted in the way that it has. It was not my intention to cause hurt and I regret that this has led to the current focus on Prince George.”