William lists enviable support network in fight against bullying


The Duke of Cambridge has thrown his support behind an organisation's fight against bullying - and listed an enviable support network.

William wrote down Catherine, Harry, father, grandmother, grandfather and an extra - his dog Lupo - when he joined a Diana Fund trainee session for anti-bullying ambassadors.

Fifty youngsters from across the country were set the "high five" task of naming five people they would turn to for help with verbal, physical or cyber abuse.

The Duke was given a large cardboard hand to fill in and named his immediate family - better known as wife Kate, Prince Harry, the Prince of Wales, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh - before signing the palm with his name.

When William joined a group discussing LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) issues, they were asked how they would react to homophobic bullying, and the Duke indicated he would confront those behind any comments and comfort the victims.

The youngsters were asked to move to one side if they would support the victim, another to confront the perpetrator and stay in the middle for another course of action.

William joined the confront group but indicated he would have started at the comfort side: "I would start on that side and end up here."

A student had told the group he would confront the homophobic bully and the Duke echoed his words: "As the young man said, I would try to confront."

The Diana Award's nationwide Anti-Bullying Ambassadors programme has been running for a number of years and has more than 16,000 ambassadors - mostly students - supporting pupils in 3,000 schools across the UK and Ireland.

The Diana Award backs the Princess of Wales's belief that young people have the power to change the world for the better and is committed to empowering them to tackle social issues affecting their peer group.