It’s Pride Month, and the Royal Family typically stays away from anything political. Which might explain why the official Royal Family Twitter account never tweeted a gallery of Elizabeth II wearing a rainbow of skirt suits with the caption, “The original Yass Queen.” But Prince William made a visit to the LGBTQ youth charity AKT in London today, and he broke with the royal tradition of not saying much by talking about how he’d feel if one of his children came out. William would be totally cool with it.
BBC News says that AKT is a charity that provides various services to LGBTQ youth, like a safe house called Purple Door, for youth who probably don’t feel safe at home. Not being fully accepted by society is something William says he’d be worried about for one of his kids, should one of them decide to come out. Even though he would “fully support” whatever decision they make, he’d still “worry” about the added pressure that would be put on them.
“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 am nervous about. It does worry me from a parent point of view. How many barriers you know, hateful words, persecution, all that and discrimination that might come, that’s the bit that really troubles me. 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.”
William added that this wasn’t the first time he was asked a question about how he might react. But BBC News points out this is one of the first times a member of the Royal Family has given such a public endorsement lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans rights. However, he’s not the first member of the Royal family to be LGBTQ adjacent. Queen Elizabeth’s cousin Lord Ivar Mountbatten and his partner James Coyle were the first royal same-sex couple to get married last year.
The Duke of Cambridge met people supported by @aktcharity and spoke with 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. pic.twitter.com/gjkBzbtjCO
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) June 26, 2019
The reception to William’s comments were generally well-received.
One of the young people Prince William met said afterwards: "To hear him say 'I’d support my own children if they were in the LGBT community' was great… To know that someone that important has your back is huge."
— Hannah Furness (@Hannah_Furness) June 26, 2019
Others hoped that William or his kids might have some influence on current LGBTQ rights in Commonwealth countries. “Homosexual activity” is still a criminal offense in 35 of the 53 Commonwealth nations, and it’s only legal in 18.
Significant not only b/c Prince William’s children are in direct line to the British throne, but because the Church of England’s official stance is that marriage is between a man and a woman.
William and his heir [presumably Prince George] will be the head of the church 🇬🇧🏳️🌈 https://t.co/bny1kOHmCV
— Julia Manchester (@JuliaManch) June 26, 2019
William also said that he and Duchess Kate have been doing a lot of talking to make sure their children are “prepared.” You know that one of those conversations ended with Prince George thinking, “What was all that about wanting to get married to a girl or a boy? HA! As if I’m going to share the spotlight with anything but my best fur cape when they lower that King crown on my head.”