THE Duke of Cambridge says it is absolutely fine if any of his children were to come out as gay or lesbian.
But William added he is worried about how others in society would react.
The duke’s candid admission came as he visited the London headquarters of the Albert Kennedy Trust (Akt) — an LGBT charity dedicated to helping young people made homeless because of their sexual orientation.
During a group discussion, a young gay man being supported by the charity asked William: ‘If your child one day in the future said: “Oh I’m gay” or “Oh I’m lesbian” or whatever, how would you react?’
William, who is the father of George, five, Charlotte, four and one-year-old Louis, replied: ‘Do you know what? I’ve been giving that some thought recently because a couple of other parents said that to me as well. I think, you really don’t start thinking about that until you are a parent, and I think — obviously absolutely fine by me.’
He added: ‘The one thing I’d be worried about, particularly the roles my children fill, is how that is going to be interpreted and seen.
‘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 on them.’
William also joked about being the July 2016 cover star of gay magazine Attitude. ‘I was a bit nervous about what they might ask me to do,’ he laughed. ‘Thankfully, there were no small briefs for me!’
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