Prince William has a tight group of people, and one pet, that he knows he can count on in times of need. The 33-year-old prince visited a bullying prevention workshop at Hammersmith Academy to highlight the work of the charity Diana Award on 21 September and named the five people he depends on most.
According to People, the second in line to the throne participated in a "high-five" exercise in which he was required to name his top five supporters. He reportedly wrote, "Catherine, Harry, Father, Grandmother and Grandfather" along with his cocker spaniel Lupo.
The workshop also included teaching students practical ways they can deal with cyberbullying and LGBT bullying, People reported. William and a group of teens were asked how they would act if they heard of LGBT bullying, an issue that the prince has taken on recently.
The group was given two options: confront the perpetrator or support the victim. William, who chose to join those who would confront the bully, said he was conflicted. "I would start on that side but end up here," he said. "I usually find myself right in the middle of problems."
One of the teens involved, 17-year-old Tom Broughton hailed the prince's support for confronting the homophobic bully as the "embodiment" of Princess Diana's legacy, the Daily Mail reported. Broughton told the Duke of Cambridge he was bullied by an anonymous online stalker who urged him to commit suicide after he came out as gay.
"It was great to have his support, to have somebody of that stature and that high up, speaking up against homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia," the teen said. "It's something that must be really deeply rooted in his want for justice and for everybody to be equal. It's just amazing to see someone from royalty stand up and say this."
The charity's training manager Emma Scott spoke fondly of the prince and his time at the workshop. "He was hands on, and allowed the young people to speak their minds and was very good at being calming. He was really humble and great with the kids," Scott said.
"He was relaxed with the young people," Tessy Ojo, the charity's chief executive, added. "He said: 'Sometimes people don't want to get me involved in stuff.' He enjoyed being asked to be involved."
The Daily Mail revealed that over 16,000 anti-bullying ambassadors have already been trained by the Diana Award in 3,000 schools across the UK.