The Duke of Cambridge has appeared on the front cover of a gay magazine, the first royal to ever do so.
Prince William posed for Attitude magazine to bring members of the LGBT community to Kensington Palace to listen to their
experience of bullying and the mental health repercussions it can have.
Kensington Palace said in a statement that William had been “moved” by the stories he heard.
When the Duke met members of the LGBT community, they spoke of low self-esteem, suicide attempts, drug addiction and depression that they have to deal with
Speaking to Attitude, the Duke said : “No one should be bullied for their sexuality or any other reason and no one should have to put up with the kind of hate that these young people have endured in their lives.
“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. What I would say to any young person reading this who’s being bullied for their sexuality: don’t put up with it – speak to a trusted adult, a friend, a teacher, Childline, Diana Award or some other service and get the help you need.
“You should be proud of the person you are and you have nothing to be ashamed of.”
A spokesperson from Kensington Palace commented: “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 Tog
ether 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.”