Prince William showed his support for Pride on Wednesday by visiting a U.K. charity, the Albert Kennedy Trust, which works with LGBTQ youths who are homeless or live in hostile environments. During his visit, the royal was asked about the possibility of any of his three children with Kate Middleton — 5-year-old Prince George, 4-year-old Princess Charlotte and year-old Prince Louis —one day coming out as gay.
“If your child one day in the future said, ‘Oh I'm gay, oh I'm lesbian,’ whatever, how would you react?"asked a young man who did not want to be identified, according to the Daily Mail.
As the publication’s royal correspondent Rebecca English reported, William — whose late mother, Princess Diana, was hugely supportive of the LGBTQ community — told reporters that he would be “absolutely fine” about such a reality.
But he added that the child might face “backlash” from the public.
The prince said: ‘It worries me, not because of them being gay, it worries me as to how everyone else will react and perceive it and then the pressure is on them’
— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) June 26, 2019
“The one thing I’d be worried about is how they — particularly the roles my children fill — is how that is going to be interpreted and seen,” he added, the Telegraph reports.
“So Catherine and I have been doing a lot of talking about it to make sure they were prepared. I think communication is so important with everything, in order to help understand it you’ve got to talk a lot about stuff and make sure how to support each other and how to go through the process.
“It worries me, not because of them being gay, it worries me as to how everyone else will react and perceive it and then the pressure is then on them.”
The prince’s remarks come one year after Queen Elizabeth II’s third cousin once removed, Lord Ivor Mountbatten, announced plans to marry his partner, James Coyle. The couple were wed last September, marking the first same-sex wedding by a member of the extended royal family.
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