Prince William is making a gesture to his LGBT future subjects.
On Tuesday, the Duke of Cambridge revealed that he will be featured in the next issue of Attitude, Britain’s best-selling gay lifestyle magazine. The issue hits newsstands Wednesday.
The announcement was made at the U.S. Embassy in London Tuesday while Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, signed a book of condolences for victims of Orlando — the massacre at the Florida gay night club Pulse that left 49 people dead and 53 wounded. According to the Telegraph, the Duke of Cambridge confirmed his Attitude magazine appearance to Craig Petty, president of the embassy's LGBT staff association, GLIFFA.
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"I told him what I do and he said he's going to be in Attitude magazine," Petty explained. "I was really nervous about meeting the royal couple, but they are both great at putting you at ease.”
He added that he thinks “it’s great” that Prince William and Kate Middleton showed their support to the LGBT community by singing the memorial book. And he’s not the only one who appreciates the endorsement from the royal pair.
A representative for the LGBT Foundation stressed the importance of the royal family showing an “understanding of diverse communities” — something that “has not been [done] that many times.”
“The fact that he has agreed to be in Attitude and signing books of condolences for the Orlando massacres, show the importance of reaching out to the LGBT community,” the person said, adding that the Duke of Cambridge’s feature in the glossy magazine is greatly anticipated.
Although not much information was given about Prince William’s feature, a Kensington Palace representatives revealed that they “look forward to speaking about it soon.”
Other public figures who have appeared in Attitude include One Direction’s Liam Payne, “Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe and “American Idol” runner-up Adam Lambert.