The Duke of Cambridge has said he would fully support his children if they told him they were gay, insisting it would be "absolutely fine by me".
The Duke, speaking as he visited a charity that helps homeless LGBT people, said his only concern would be for the challenges they might face as a result of public prejudice.
He said he and the Duchess had already discussed how they would approach one of their children telling them they were gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, and emphasised his only concern would be for any "hate or persecution" they would endure, particularly as a result of their public position in the Royal family.
The father-of-three yesterday visited the charity akt to officially open its new services ahead of the annual Pride in London parade and to mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. Answering questions from young ambassadors for the charity, he spoke frankly about the challenges faced by those who identified as LGBT.
His words, the most candid from any member of the Royal family in public on the topic to date, are reminiscent of the work of his mother, the late Diana, Princess of Wales, who is widely recognised for her work with the gay community and to destigmatise HIV/Aids.
One of the young people the Duke met said afterwards: "To hear him say 'I'd support my own children if they were in the LGBT community' was great... To know that someone that important has your back is huge."
Asked specifically how he would respond to Prince George, five, Princess Charlotte, four, or one-year-old Prince Louis one day telling him they were LGBT, the Duke said he had already discussed it with the Duchess after other parents had raised the question.
Saying it would "obviously [be] absolutely fine by me", he added: "I support whatever decision they make, but it does worry me from a parent's point of view how many barriers, hateful words, persecution and discrimination that might come. That's the bit that troubles me a little bit.
"That's for all of us to try and help correct, to put that in the past and not come back to that sort of stuff."
Meeting young people who have faced homelessness and mental issues as a result of coming out to their families, he emphasised how important it was for parents to support their children whatever their sexuality.
He also spoke of being left "appalled" by a recent homophobic attack on a London bus, underlining how shocking it was that "stuff like that still happens".
Told of the prejudice experienced, he said: "I'm so sad for you guys that persecution like that is still there. Things have progressed, but not nearly as much as they need to."
When he becomes king, the Duke will be head of the Church of England and he is also likely to become the head of a Commonwealth in which, to date, 37 countries have laws that criminalise homosexuality.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are to visit South Africa in the autumn, according to Britain's High Commissioner serving in the country. Nigel Casey confirmed the Duke and Duchess's trip at an event in Pretoria to celebrate the 93rd birthday of the Queen, Jacaranda FM, a South African radio station, reported.
The Daily Telegraph