Talk about pressure: growing up in the royal spotlight is incredibly stressful. You have all of the eyes of the world on you, even more so today because of social media. Every misstep, growing pain, bad outfit, and awkward stage is recorded for all the world to publicly comment upon.
So it makes sense why Prince William and Princess Kate have discussed what they would do if one of their children, Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 4, or Prince Louis, 1, came out as gay.
During an event last week at the Albert Kennedy Trust to learn how the organization is helping homeless LGBTQ youth, Prince William was asked what he would do if one of his kids was gay.
“Do you know what, I’ve been giving that some thought recently because a couple of other parents said that to me as well,” William said. “I think, you really don’t start thinking about that until you are a parent, and I think — obviously absolutely fine by me.”
He revealed that his main concern would be how his children would be treated by the public. “The one thing I’d be worried about is how they, particularly the roles my children fill, is how that is going to be interpreted and seen,” William, 37, said. “So Catherine and I have been doing a lot of talking about it to make sure they were prepared.”
Prince William continued, “I think communication is so important with everything, in order to help understand it you’ve got to talk a lot about stuff and make sure how to support each other and how to go through the process. 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 then on them.”
Prince William and his brother Harry know firsthand how incredibly stressful it is to grow up in the public eye. They both really want to shield their children from that pressure and give them as normal and healthy of an upbringing as possible.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who recently welcomed their own son, Archie, showed their support for the LGBT cause on their Instagram page.
“This month we pay tribute to the accounts supporting the LGBTQ+ community – those young and old, their families and friends, accounts that reflect on the past and are hopeful for a deservedly more inclusive future,” the couple posted. “We stand with you and support you 🌈 Because it’s very simple: love is love.”
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