Prince William will appear on the cover of Britain’s leading gay magazine to speak out against homophobic bullying, the publication has revealed.
The prince, second in line to the throne, is the first member of the British royal family to be photographed for the cover of a gay publication.
The announcement came just days after 49 people were gunned down in a deadly assault on a gay nightclub in Florida.
In an interview with Attitude magazine, Prince William spoke out about homophobic bullying after meeting members of the gay community at his Kensington Palace home to hear about their experiences of abuse due to their sexuality, and the impact on their 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.
“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.”
Attitude said gay people suffer disproportionately from mental health issues.
Prince William, 33, was told how bullying had led to low self-esteem, suicide attempts, eating disorders, depression and drug addiction.
In a message to young people being bullied over their sexuality, the Duke of Cambridge said: “Don’t put up with it — speak to a trusted adult.
PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team
KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.
PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.
Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.