Prince William is making a strong stand against bullying in a video made specially for UK’s first ever National #StandUpToBullying Day.
The 34-year-old Duke of Cambridge who recently made history by being on the cover of gay magazine Attitude’s July issue talks directly to his audience in the video:
‘Bullying is an issue that can affect any one of us — regardless of age, background, gender, sexuality, race, disability or religion.’
The father of two goes on to describe the reasons for bullying as ‘many,’ ‘stupid,’ and ‘cruel,’ before warning that the wide reach of technology we have today can worsen the situation of being bullied, leaving the victim feeling ‘powerless and isolated.’
‘For young people in particular, bullying can have a profoundly damaging and long-lasting effect,’ he added. ‘To shatter their trust in relationships and faith in the world around them at such a young age can have a profound impact on their mental health and state of mind.’
Prince William also reminds that bullying doesn’t only happen in schools and playgrounds, but can also be at home or in the workplace.
‘Research shows that victims of bullying can become more susceptible to depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts, and experience difficulties in maintaining healthy relationships,’ he continues. ‘This cannot be allowed to continue.’
He urges people ‘to be alert and to be ready to challenge the behavior we see 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,’ he says.
Watch Prince William’s video message here:
Several celebrities, including ‘Hollyoaks’ star Kieron Richardson, ‘Queer as Folk’ actor Antony Cotton, and former boy band ‘Union J’ singer George Shelley, have also voiced their support for the anti-bullying campaign.
Watch them stand up together in solidarity here.
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