Prince William has spoken out ahead of the first National Stand Up to Bullying day, which is being spearheaded by The Diana Award. The Duke of Cambridge recorded his message at Kensington Palace, and insisted that we all need to work together to combat bullying.
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Although a lot of bullying takes place in young people and at schools, new figures commissioned by The Diana Award and released by YouGov revealed if affects 56 per cent of adults in the work place.
Prince William is taking a stand against bullying
William said: "It is our collective responsibility to be alert, and to be ready to challenge the behaviour we see around us. We all have a role to play to ensure that we do not standby, but instead stand up, and put a stop to bullying."
He added: "Bullying is an issue that can affect any one of us: regardless of age, background, gender, sexuality, race, disability or religion."
It comes after Prince William made history by becoming the first British royal to appear on the cover of a gay magazine. William posed for the July issue of Attitude, following the horrific terror attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando.
HRH recently met with a group of young LGBT+ people to hear their stories
After meeting with a group of LGBT+ people, William told the magazine: "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.
"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 have nothing to be ashamed of."
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