There have come many dramatic shifts in the views and principles of the British Royal Family in the last few decades. Matters that once tore members of the family apart, matters such as marrying noble men and women or abstaining from marrying divorcées, are now being looked at differently. What would once shun or cast out a member of the royal family for being accepting towards is now accepted by the whole family under the reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth.
By allowing her son, Prince Charles, to marry a divorcée whom he is rumored to have had an affair with, lifted the ban and bad eyes off of marrying divorced men and women. This was seen again when the Queen granted her grandson, Prince Harry, permission to marry divorcée Meghan Markle. Meghan Markle’s case in particular sets a new tone for the views of the Monarchy. Her inclusion into the royal family shows acceptance of her past profession: acting, as well as the religious church that she belongs to, and the way she dresses and carries herself, coming in with new ideas to bring to the table.
The Royal Family which once upheld the highest and tightest moral principles which to them were worth losing family members over but not bending the least to allow for “unsacred” or “disgraceful” acts reflecting upon the sacred monarchy. With all of these changes catching on to the Royal Family, however, the question of whether or not homosexuality is accepted in the family now is peaking its head.
When Prince William made a visit to The Albert Kennedy Trust, an organization built for the aid of homeless LGBTQ persons specifically, while partaking in a discussion with a man there, he was asked THE QUESTION. If one of his children: Prince George, Princess Charlotte, or Prince Louis, came to him one day in the future and told him that they were gay or lesbian, how would he react? Prince William’s response is one that has surprised us, perhaps for the better:
I think you really don’t start thinking about that until you are a parent, and I think—obviously, absolutely fine by me.”
That said, though he did elaborate that he would worry for his children given the public keeping a close eye on the royal family and the scrutiny and tough time that would ensue upon them given their sexual affiliation.
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. It is something I’m nervous about—not because I’m worried about them being gay or anything—it’s more about the fact that I’m worried about the pressures, as you know here, that they’re going to face and how much harder their life could be.”
He also went on to say, with the fact that his children are direct heirs to the throne and that he and his wife are working well to prepare them for their roles as monarchs one day, that:
I fully support, you know, whatever decision they make, but it does worry me, from a parent point of view, how many barriers, you know, hateful words, persecution…that’s the bit that really troubles me a little bit.”
So, there you go. That’s your answer. Times are changing and the monarchy’s attitudes are changing as well.