Since the beginning of time, the British royal family has never been known to be on the leading edge of embracing social change, but that appears to be changing under the younger generation of royals, led by Prince William.
While visiting the Albert Kennedy Trust, a London charity organization that focuses on youths forced into homelessness because of their sexuality, the Duke of Cambridge, stated that he would fully support any of his three children if they came out as either lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
In his words;
I’ve been giving that some thought recently. I think you really don’t start thinking about that until you are a parent, and I think — obviously, absolutely fine by me.
However, he admitted that the possibility of his children being subjected to heightened criticism over their sexuality considering their public roles as members of the royal family. He said;
So, it is something I’m nervous about, not because I’m worried about them being gay, it’s more about the fact that I’m worried about the pressures that they’re going to face and how much harder their life could be.
I fully support whatever decision they make, but it does worry me from a parent point of view, how many barriers, hateful words, persecution, all that discrimination that might come, that’s what troubles me a little bit.
This doesn’t come as a surprise given that history was made by the British royal family last September, when Lord Ivar Mountbatten – Queen Elizabeth II’s third cousin – became the first member of the family, immediate or extended, to have a same-sex wedding when he married his partner, James Coyle.
Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton are parents of Prince George, 5; Princess Charlotte, 4; and Prince Louis, 14 months.
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