The royal made the comments during his first visit to the Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT), a charity for homeless LGBTQ youths, in London on Wednesday. The charity said it was the first time a member of the royal family visited an LGBTQ youth charity.
During the visit, a man asked the royal “If your child one day in the future said, ‘Oh I’m gay, oh I’m lesbian,’ whatever, how would you react,” according to the Daily Mail.
William said that it would be “absolutely fine by me”, though he noted that there might be “backlash” that would worry him.
“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,” the prince said, as reported by The Telegraph.
“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,” he said, adding that he’d spoken to the Duchess of Cambridge about the very same thing.
“I think communication is so important with everything, in order to help understand it you’ve got to talk a lot about stuff and make sure how to support each other and how to go through the process,” William added.
Last year, the queen’s cousin, Lord Ivar Mountbatten, married his partner, James Coyle, at his country estate in Devon. It was the royal family’s first same-sex wedding.
Coyle came out as gay two years ago. His ex-wife and mother of their three children gave him away at the ceremony.
“I loved Penny when we were married, as I still do very much, and I loved our family unit,” Mountbatten told the Daily Mail in a 2018 interview. “I never thought this would happen. It’s brilliant, but I never thought I’d marry a man.”