Published July 11, 2016
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, is featured in the UK’s first “Stand Up to Bullying Day” campaign. The campaign is in honor of the Diana Award, an organization created in 1984 on behalf of his mother that engages young people in social action.
During the video, William speaks to the fact that bullying occurs everywhere.
“Bullying is an issue which can affect any one of us, regardless of age, background, gender, sexuality, race, disability or religion. It can happen for many reasons. It is often stupid and cruel and can take many forms,” William said. “The reach of technology means it can feel unrelenting, leaving the victim feeling attacked, powerless and isolated. For young people in particular, bullying can have a profoundly damaging and long-lasting effect.”
and can have a lasting impact on their mental health. However, children aren’t the only victims of bullying.
“It is important that we recognize that bullying isn to just confined to the playground or classroom, and it does not only affect children and young people. It exists all around us, in peoples’ homes, in their workplace and in their wider communities.”
William said, “It’s our collective responsibility to be alert and to challenge the behavior around us. We all have a role to play to ensure that we do not stand by, but instead, stand up, and put a stop to bullying.”
Earlier this month, William became the first royal to be on the cover of a gay magazine. William posed for the cover of Attitude, the UK’s “best-selling gay magazine” and brought together a group of your LGBT people to meet with him at Kensington Palace to hear about their experiences with bullying and “discuss the mental health implications it has.”
After the meeting, he said the people he met through Attitude were “truly brave.”
“What I would say to any you 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,” he said in a statement. “You should be proud of the person you are and you have nothing to be ashamed of.”