Thirty years ago Princess Diana did something extraordinary. At the height of the mad fear of HIV and AIDS, she shook hands with a slender young man who was dying of the disease.
It was, as they say, a game changer, who forever changed our view of AIDS, many of whom mistakenly believed they were caught & # 39; caught & # 39; could be achieved by just shaking hands.
This week her first child, Prince William, proved that he was a real bearer of his mother's torch in the way he expressed his support for the gay community.
During a visit to an LGBT charity in East London, he said that if one of his children was gay, that & # 39; would be fine with me & # 39 ;.
Diana, Princess of Wales, shakes hands with an AIDS victim while opening a new AIDS ward on Middlesex Hospital in London on April 9, 1987.
William honestly added that he would be worried that they would be bullied and persecuted as famous children, but he would assist them.
It was a gigantic step in the modern world for the monarchy, an institution rejected by critics as unmanageable, irrelevant and tied to privilege and tradition. Also a big step forward for the country.
Why were his comments so important? Because as we learned recently when two gay women were attacked by young people on a bus, we are still not the liberal society that we like to think we are. Horrible homophobia still exists in this country, especially on social media. And in that small speech at the LGBT charity, William immediately tackles it.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge receives a gift bag from Tim Philipsworth, Confidential Director, while visiting the Albert Kennedy Trust to find out more about the issue of LGBTQ homelessness among young people
Princess Diana Talking to an AIDS patient in the AIDS department at Middlesex Hospital in London
Our future king effectively said that it would be perfectly acceptable if a monarch would come to be gay in years. Not so long ago it was very different. It was not until the 1990s that a gay friend of mine and his partner were told to bring their own glasses to their local pub – so that other people would not catch their & # 39; disease.
And when people first shook Diana's hand with AIDS patients, many were stunned – that's why it was so dramatic and brave for her to do something about it.
Both sons of Diana follow in her footsteps. Prince Harry will soon enter the minefields she has walked in Africa – a worthy pursuit – although hopefully not with Megs on her six heels.
But for all the progressive causes of Harry and Meghan, it is William & # 39; s public acceptance of gays this week that really matters. Because it proves that he can shape the monarchy for the 21st century and beyond. His mother would have been so proud.
Fourteen years after she was due to the head of Glastonbury, but was forced to cancel with the diagnosis of breast cancer, Kylie Minogue is central tomorrow.
Fourteen years after being blamed on the Glastonbury headline, but forced to cancel with breast cancer diagnosis, Kylie Minogue is in the spotlight tomorrow
In 2005 she followed the festival in Australia while she had chemo. Isn't Kylie something wonderfully intolerable about her golden hot pants, the pint-sized pop star with a hint of talent and a greater zest for life than most of us can dream of? We were so lucky!
Keith Richards showed his new maroon locks during the latest Rolling Stones tour. Maybe someone should have told the decadent rock god – now skinned with mahogany skin – that you are not supposed to immerse your whole head in the paint.
Nic is a small eco-hero
First we had banned Stacey Dooley from parading as a & # 39; white savior & # 39; while trying to emphasize the plight of starving African children.
Now the motives of ex-Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger are questioned after she took away a plastic bag during a vacation off the coast of Capri and said: & You only need one plastic bag to kill an endangered sea turtle. & # 39;
Attention seeking? Perhaps. Yet her slanderers should stop.
We have all & # 39; plastic rescuers & # 39; needed that we can get, even those like Nic – who wears a dazzling, pale yellow bikini to save the planet.
Stella is the real potato head
Although the film received rave reviews, writer Stella accuses Duffy Toy Story 4 of being anti-feminist, disabbling, racist, and hetero-normative (no, neither do I).
Mr. Potato Head, with his mood swings and sarcasm, is the most human of the toys
& # 39; How can they possibly think it is right (when) every humanoid toy is white? & # 39; She moans.
Duffy has clearly not seen the same Toy Story. Mr. Potato Head, with his mood swings and sarcasm, is the most human of the toys. He is also brown and disabled, and his eyes keep falling – and his legs, arms, ears. . .
Give 007 Craig the Elba
After years of speculation, Idris Elba says he has never been offered the James Bond part and is discouraged when people say 007 cannot be played by a black man.
After years of speculation, Idris Elba says he has never been offered the James Bond part
Why not the devil? He is tall, he is fit, he is hot, he is magnificent and, unlike the current seated Daniel Craig, he has no silly, peppery lip smile and weak ankles.
Together with millions of others, I saw the English women's team beat Norway 3-0 to stand the World Cup semi-final. Hoera. The only thing I can't work out is that if the enthusiasm for the beautiful game of the woman is so great and tens of millions of people watch it on TV worldwide, why were there so many empty seats?
The British Medical Association has voted to refuse to charge people who are not British and who do not live here for NHS care. Doctors say it's & # 39; racist & # 39; is to bill health tourists and that they are & # 39; complicit in the oppressive regime & # 39; whatever that means.
What blinkered arrogance. Perhaps before these doctors make such claims, they should consult the millions of Britons of black, Asian and ethnic minority groups who have lived here all their lives, paid their taxes and – like all of us – cannot get a doctor in for three weeks.
Harry and Megs will travel through South Africa with baby Archie later this year and can now spend many months there every year. Perhaps during their absence they can recoup the £ 2.4 million in renovation costs that we have paid for their grace and favor house by renting it through Airbnb.
Defense lawyers for the wife of the McMafia oligarch, Zamira Hajiyeva, claim that it is not a crime to spend £ 16 million in Harrods. Indeed, for most of us it is a dream.
- The & # 39; intimate & # 39; photo of Boris and his squeeze eruption after their furious row over a wine stain on her couch reminded me of another happy reunion in the countryside. It was from Liz Hurley and Hugh Grant, days after he was caught on a blatant with a whore. Their relationship was over in a few weeks.
- Emily Maitlis from the BBC placed a picture of herself in a yoga position with an old goat on her shoulders. Preparing for her leadership debate with Boris Johnson?
- Fortunately news that John Prescott, 81, is recovering after a stroke. The world of politics would be a more boring place without its word game and handy right-hand corner.
- The normally loyal Diane Abbott has broken the ranks and reveals that she is starting to worry & # 39; about Jeremy Corbyn's Brexit strategy. How can you worry about something that does not exist?
SJP is completely OTT!
She wished her twin daughters a happy 10th birthday, Sarah Jessica Parker sent a message on social media: & You have turned our life inside out and upside down and continue to fill the rest of the room with endless surprises, romance, sentimentality, art and a abundance of the kind of love that we (she and husband Matthew Broderick) didn't even know we missed. "Oh for the days that a handwritten card with & # 39; Happy birthday, dear daughter & # 39; would suffice.
After handing in her driver's license because of a lack of vision, Judi Dench (84) says: "I will probably kill someone if I am behind the wheel of a car." Of all the ignoring of aging, losing your driver's license is one of the worst. & # 39; Like losing your legs, & # 39; my father always said.
A sobbing Yewande Biala broke after starting up from Love Island, claiming she didn't realize how hard it would be to find love on the reality TV show. Crikey, the girl is a scientist – it doesn't need a Mensa intellect to work that out.
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