Prince William wins ‘celebrity straight ally’ award for LGBT+ work

Earlier this evening, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge won an award for his support of the LGBT+ community at the British LGBT Awards.

The Duke of Cambridge, who wasn’t able to attend the awards to pick up his gong, sent a video thanking those who chose him. You can watch his video, or rewind to see the entire ceremony, here.

Prince William won the ‘celebrity straight ally’ award for his support of the LGBT+ community

“Good evening everyone. I’m sorry I can’t be with you all this evening but I hope you’re having a wonderful time,” he said, looking casual in a white shirt, with the sleeves rolled up.

“I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone at the LGBT Awards. This incredible award is a real honour to be recognised in this way. In recent years I’ve been compassionate about what we can do to protect people from bullying, particularly online,” he explained in the video.

“Through this work I’ve encountered a number of tragic stories about LGBT young people who have, sadly, felt unable to cope with the abuse and discrimination they face in their lives,” William explained.

“But this work has also led me to a number of inspiring people who are helping others to stand up to bullying wherever it occurs.

“It is 2017 and no one should be bullied for their sexuality, or any other reason. It’s so important to be proud of the person you are. I’m incredibly proud to receive this award. Thank you and have a good evening,” the message finished.

Co-founder of the awards, Sarah Garrett, explained why the Royal won: “Prince William has used his position to promote diversity and speak out against homophobic bullying. He is a very deserving winner of the ally award and it is wonderful that he took time out of his schedule to make this short video. His message will resonate and offer hope to young people around the world who have faced discrimination because of their sexuality.”

He was up against Annie Lennox, Ariana Grande, Macklemore, Emma Watson, Anne Hathaway, Patrick Stewart, James Corden, Thierry Henry and author JK Rowling in the category, which recognises those outside of the LGBT+ community who support challenges around equality and inclusion.

Last year, Prince William became the first Royal to feature on the cover of an LGBT magazine, Attitude. In an interview, the Duke spoke of his belief that no one should be bullied, including for their sexuality, and also about mental health.

Alan Carr and Melanie Sykes presented the evening, which took place at the Grand Connaught Rooms. Other awards at the ceremony included Broadcaster of the Year, which went to Clare Balding, and newly-weds Dustin Lance Black and Tom Daley took Influencers of the Year.

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