Prince William has broken the royal mould by appearing on the cover of a gay magazine.
Even his mother Princess Diana, a champion for the gay community, never granted any such publication the honour of an interview.
Prince William graced the cover of this month’s edition of Attitude and spoke about the issue of homophobic bullying.
“No one should be bullied for their sexuality or any other reason and no one should have to put up with the kind of hate that these young people have endured in their lives,” he said.
“The young gay, lesbian and transgender individuals I met through Attitude are truly brave to speak out and to give hope to people who are going through terrible bullying right now.
“Their sense of strength and optimism should give us all encouragement to stand up to bullying wherever we see it.
“What I would say to any young person reading this who’s being bullied for their sexuality: don’t put up with it – speak to a trusted adult, a friend, a teacher, Childline, Diana Award or some other service and get the help you need.
“You should be proud of the person you are and you have nothing to be ashamed of.”
The Duke of Cambridge invited the magazine to bring members of the LGBT community to Kensington Palace to discuss bullying and its mental health repercussions.
The nine people who attended the meeting last month spoke of low self-esteem, suicide attempts, drug addiction and depression.
Kensington Palace said William had been “moved” by the stories he heard.
Matthew Todd said that during his time as editor of Attitude he had met parents whose child has taken or lost their life after being bullied for being LGBT+ or even just perceived to be LGBT.
“I am very happy that the future king of the United Kingdom agrees this must stop and I would urge parents in particular to raise their voices in their communities to ensure that every school protects – really protects – all children,” he said.