However, the Duke of Cambridge also noted that due to his position, the possibility of a "backlash" was always imminent.
Prince William recently disclosed that he would be "fully support[ive]" of his children if they came out of the closet at any point in their lives, according to The Telegraph. Celebrating his 37th birthday last week, the Duke of Cambridge paid a visit to the Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT), a nonprofit organization, that works towards eradicating homelessness among young members of the LGBTQ+ community in London.
During this royal visit on Monday, one of the residents posed a question, "If your child one day in the future said, ‘Oh I’m gay, oh I’m lesbian,’ whatever, how would you react?"
To this, William, who is the father of Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 4, and Prince Louis, 1, simply replied that it would be "absolutely fine by me." As per a report by PEOPLE, the father of three revealed, "Do you know what, I’ve been giving that some thought recently because a couple of other parents said that to me as well."
He also added, "I think, you really don’t start thinking about that until you are a parent, and I think — obviously absolutely fine by me." However, he also noted that due to their position, the possibility of a "backlash" is absolutely imminent. That is something that causes him to "worry."
According to The Telegraph, he said, "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." He seemed to be more concerned about the way the public would react to it which would, in turn, add all the more pressure on his children.
"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," the Duke explained. He also shared the fact that he has already spoken to his wife Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, about the possibility of this happening.
Asked whether he would support his children if they identify as LGBT in the future, William said it would be ‘absolutely fine by me’. But he also candidly addressed his fears about any ‘backlash’ they night get because of their position.— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) June 26, 2019
"So Catherine and I have been doing a lot of talking about it to make sure they were prepared," he said. Stressing on the importance and power of communication, William said, "I think communication is so important with everything, in order to help understand 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."
You love your children no matter what! Sadly, this shouldn’t even be a discussion— Megan (@805LASH) June 26, 2019
Speaking to the Royal, 28-year-old Faz Bukhari shared his unsupportive experience at home when he started identifying himself as a transgender person four years ago. After learning about William's response to the whole thing Bukhari said, "I thought his answer was so good, to hear him talk about having fears about what people might think of his children and how they might take to them, if they were identified as LGBT."
In addition to that, he said, "That he recognizes that and is aware there could be a backlash, he understands the issues and hopefully with his comments we can get more awareness across to more parents of the issues."
That’s a great dad! Love your kids as they are!— Nurse Bae (@Verisimilitud3) June 26, 2019
The Royal family seems to be slowly shedding their traditional views and turning towards a more progressive path. This was very evident when Lord Ivar Mountbatten, the queen's cousin came out as gay two years ago and married his partner James Coyle at his country estate in Devon.
The was definitely a historic moment as it marked the first same-sex wedding in the royal family. Even his ex-wife and three children were very supportive of him as they gave him away at the ceremony.
This kind of support from the Palace is something that the LGBTQ+ community is in great need of. It isn't the first time for Prince William to speak in support of the often marginalized community.
Back in 2016, the Duke of Cambridge told Attitude magazine, "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." As for Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the pair shared a post on their Instagram page supporting the cause.
The post read: 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. We stand with you and support you 🌈 Because it’s very simple: love is love."