Prince William, appearing at an event named in memory of his late mother, publicly spoke out against LGBTI bullying on Monday (21 September).
The heir to the British throne attended a training session at Hammersmith Academy highlighting the #Back2School Anti-bullying campaign run by The Diana Awards.
During a discussion about how to handle bullying against an LGBTI person, William said he would comfort the victim then confront the bully.
‘I would try to confront, to tackle the person. I usually find myself right in in the middle of problems so that’s pretty much where I’d be,’ the Duke of Cambridge said during the one-hour session.
William’s remarks drew high praise from some of those in attendance.
‘It was great to have his support, to have somebody of that stature and that high up, speaking up against homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia,’ 17-year-old gay student Tom Broughton tells The Daily Mail.
‘It’s something that must be really deeply rooted in his want for justice and for everybody to be equal. It’s just amazing to see someone from royalty stand up and say this.’
Broughton had shared with William that after he came out, an anonymous online stalker urged him to kill himself.