The Duke of Cambridge has appeared on the cover of the UK’s leading gay magazine, Attitude, as he spoke out against homophobic bullying.
William - the first member of the Royal Family to be photographed for the cover of a gay publication - told the magazine: “No one should be bullied for their sexuality or any other reason.”
The Duke revealed on Tuesday he would be appearing in Attitude after signing a book of condolence for victims of the gay nightclub shooting in Orlando which left 49 people dead and dozens of others wounded.
He had invited the magazine to bring members of the LGBT+ community to Kensington Palace in May to listen to their experience of bullying and the mental health affects it can have.
Speaking to Attitude, the Duke called on young people being bullied for their sexuality to seek help.
“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.”