Prince William has received many accolades in his time – he’s a fellow of the Royal Society, President of England’s Football Association, and is patron of a variety of charities alongside his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge.
But the Duke of Cambridge has just received another award – and it’s not what you might expect!
William has won the award for the Straight Ally award at the British LGBT Awards, which celebrates activists and public figures that work to campaign for the rights of LGBT people, after being nominated back in February.
The Straight Ally category aims to recognise people who work to advance LGBT rights. Famous faces who missed out on the award in Prince William’s category included actors Anne Hathaway, Emma Watson, and Patrick Stewart, and author JK Rowling.
During the ceremony on 12th May, the Prince delivered his thank you message via video-link, as he was unable to attend the awards. He thanked everyone, later saying, “It’s so important to be proud of the person you are.”
(The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at a recent garden party at Buckingham Palace)
Clare Balding also picked up an award on the night, for broadcaster of the year. Newlyweds Tom Daley and Dustin Lance-Black also received an award for LGBT Influencers of the Year.
Previously, back in the summer of 2016, Prince William became the first member of the royal family to ever grace the cover of a gay magazine, when he appeared on the front of Attitude’s July 2016 issue.
At the time, the Prince invited the magazine and other members of the LGBT community to Kensington Palace, to discuss homophobic bullying.
The Duke of Cambridge spoke out about the issue, saying, “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.”
It’s clear that the young royal is following in the footsteps of his mother, Princess Diana, who also dedicated her time to fighting for the rights of the LGBT community. Diana is regularly credited with helping to eradicate the stigma that surrounded the AIDs disease, by shaking sufferers hands, making plain that the illness wasn’t ‘contagious’.