In an unprecedented move for the British Royal Family, Prince William spoke out on Monday, Sept. 21 in public support of the LGBT community.
According to a post on The British Monarchy Facebook page, the future King of England attended a seminar on bullying at Hammersmith Academy in London, England. The event was in support of the #Back2School anti-bullying campaign and was organized by The Diana Award, a foundation in honor of his late mother, Princess Diana of Wales. The seminar focused on cyber-bullying, but especially lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual bullying. This is notable because it’s the first time a member of the British Royal Family has publicly supported the LGBT community, according to UK-based gay news site PinkNews.com.
The Diana Award, established in 1999, is a prestigious award given to young people who make a significant contribution to society. In addition, the foundation aims to empower and support children everywhere through mentoring and special events like the one William attended. The Diana Award has trained more than 16,000 anti-bullying ambassadors who support students in 3,000 schools across the UK and Ireland — a cause that was very important to Princess Diana:
“The Diana Award remains true to The Princess of Wales’s belief that young people have the power to change the world for the better and it is committed to empowering them to tackle social issues affecting their peer group.”
As part of the session, William and the students were asked to write the names of five people they would turn to if they were being bullied on a paper hand cut-out. The Duke of Cambridge’s answer? His wife Kate Middleton, his brother Prince Harry, his father Prince Charles, his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, and his grandfather Prince Philip. (Plus his dog Lupo!)
At one point in the event, Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s dad promised that if he ever witnessed anyone being bullied, he would step in and confront the abuser after comforting the victim:
“I would try to confront, to tackle the person. I usually find myself right in the middle of problems so that’s pretty much where I’d be.”
But Prince William’s appearance is hardly the only evidence of Princess Diana’s memory living on.
Last week, William’s wife Kate visited the Anna Freud Centre in London in support of the UK’s first Children’s Mental Health Week. Her presence (and subsequent PSA) is being praised for shedding a much-needed light on child mental health issues and the importance of early intervention.
And let’s not forget Prince Harry, who just returned from a three-month African conservation trip and opened the Sentebale Mamohato Children’s Centre, which provides “emotional and psychological support to children currently affected by HIV/AIDS.”
Harry is well-known for his sweet spot for children, much like his mother. In June, the prince wrote a heartfelt letter to a mother who lost her son after he had met the boy the previous year at a charity event.
Though she may be gone, we can only imagine how proud Princess Diana would be that her children have not just reimagined the monarchy, but have done so much to keep her memory alive and champion her causes in her absence.More On