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Appearing on the cover of the upcoming July issue of gay magazine Attitude, Prince William used the opportunity to discuss bullying, in particular of the LGBT+ community in which more than double the number of straight people attempt to commit suicide.

Prince William invited Attitude to Kensington Palace, along with several members of the LGBT+ community, to discuss their experiences in dealing with bullying and the mental health consequences, such as low self-esteem, depression and drug addiction, that bullying can lead to.

“No one should be bullied for their sexuality or any other reason,” Prince William told Attitude, “and no one should have to put up with the kind of hate that these young people have endured in their lives.”

He found the youths that he met for the project to be brave in speaking out and giving hope to others who are being bullied: “Their sense of strength and optimism should give us all encouragement to stand up to bullying wherever we see it.”

Prince William advises those being bullied to reach out, even if it’s to a help line: “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.”

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