Being a royal nowadays seems like it’s all about visiting with various people and organizations, lending your spotlight to worthy causes. During one such visit, Prince William was asked a question about his children, and he gave a passionate, personal response.
The Duke of Cambridge visited the Albert Kennedy Trust yesterday, which claims to be the first charity in the world dedicated to fighting homelessness among LGBTQ youth. He was asked what he would do if one of his kids came out.
“It is something I’m nervous about, not because I’m worried about them being gay or anything, it’s more about the fact that I’m worried about the pressures…how much harder their life could be,” he said.
Twenty-four percent of the homeless youth population in England is LGBT, despite the fact that just 13 percent of the country overall doesn’t identify as heterosexual. Sixty-nine percent of respondents to an Albert Kennedy survey cited parent rejection as a reason for their lack of stable housing.
With his visit to the organization and comments yesterday, Prince William is making it clear that if Prince George, Princess Charlotte, or Prince Louis came out in the future he would have no problem accepting them.
“I fully support whatever decision they make, but 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.”
While William doesn’t necessarily deserve a father of the year award for acknowledging the humanity of LGBTQ people and promising to accept his children if that’s who they are, he does deserve credit for publicly, personally supporting this marginalized community.