Queen Elizabeth has become something of a pro-gay advocate in recent years, getting up before Parliament to proclaim her government vows to “make further progress to tackle the gender pay gap and discrimination against people on the basis of their race, faith, gender, disability or sexual orientation.”
That’s pretty incredible, considering she ascended to the throne in the ’50s, when being gay was still criminalized.
And that forward-thinking streak will continue after her reign ends, especially given the fact that she’s purportedly decided her grandson Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton will take the crown next, not her son Charles.
“Her Majesty realized that William and Kate are the future,” said a palace insider. “She has spent 65 years making sure that the House of Windsor survives, and she sees William and Kate as having the energy and star quality to do the job in a modern world. Queen Elizabeth will always do what is best for the long-term health of the monarchy.”
Charles, who has long been expected to ascend after his mother, has reportedly not reacted well to the news that William, his son, will become king instead of him.
Last year, Prince William appeared on the cover of British gay magazine Attitude, holding meetings about homophobic, bi-phobic and transphobic bullying, and discussing the mental health implications.
“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. 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,” William said in a statement after the meeting.
“Their sense of strength and optimism should give us all encouragement to stand up to bullying wherever we see it. What I would say to any young person reading this who’s being bullied for their sexuality: don’t put up with it – speak to a trusted adult, a friend, a teacher, Childline, Diana Award or some other service and get the help you need. You should be proud of the person you are and you have nothing to be ashamed of.”
Assuming these reports are true (the palace has yet to actually confirm them), something tells us he’s going to make a great king.