Prince William will become the first British royal to feature on the cover of a popular gay magazine in the UK to make a strong stand against bullying people because of their sexuality.
The Duke of Cambridge, who is second in line to Britain’s throne, will appear of the cover of the July edition of ‘Attitude’.
The 33-year-old posed for the magazine after inviting its team of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and other sexual minority groups to his Kensington Palace home here to listen to their experiences of bullying and its effect on mental health.
“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.
He added: “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.”
His front-page modelling comes after his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, was unveiled in April as the cover girl for the centenary issue of ‘Vogue’.
The July issue of ‘Attitude’ went to press on June 8, days before Omar Mateen killed 49 people at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, and the issue will hit the stands on June 22.