While visiting the LGBTI youth homelessness charity, Albert Kennedy Trust (akt), Prince William answered a question about his response if any of his children ever came out.
The Duke of Cambridge visited the organization on Wednesday (26 June) to mark 50 years since the Stonewall riots. He was also there to officially open the charity’s new center.
‘Ahead of the annual Pride in London parade, the Duke of Cambridge visited [akt] to learn about the issue of LGBTQ+ youth homelessness and the positive change that akt are enacting through their unique prevention and early action approach,’ the Kensington Palace Twitter account wrote.
Rebecca English, the Royal Correspondent for the Daily Mail, tweeted about Prince William’s visit, including his responses to reporter questions.
A fear of ‘backlash’
When a member of akt asked if Prince William would support his children coming out as LGBTI, he responded: ‘Absolutely fine by me.’
His answer didn’t end there, however.
Prince William continued, acknowledging a fear of ‘backlash’ his children would receive for their position.
‘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,’ he said.
Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, have three children — Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.
Throughout his time in the public eye, Prince William has spoken openly about bullying and supporting the LGBTI community. In 2017, he won the Celebrity Straight Ally award at the British LGBT Awards and used the platform to give a speech on bullying.
He also became the first member of Royal Family to appear on the cover of a gay magazine.
This year, he honored army veteran Hannah Graf with an MBE, making her the highest ranking transgender woman in the British Army.