Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry and Duke of Cambridge, Prince William have come up in support of former Welsh rugby captain, Gareth Thomas, praising him for breaking the stigma attached to HIV after Thomas revealed himself being HIV positive.
This Saturday, Gareth Thomas took to Twitter to announce that he has been diagnosed with AIDS. Thomas posted a video on Twitter in which he disclosed that he was HIV positive and further explained that blackmailers had been threatening him to reveal his diagnosis.
In the video, Thomas said that he chooses to fight in order to educate and break the stigma around the subject. And with the video, he begins it.
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“Gareth, you are an absolute legend! In sharing your story of being HIV+, you are saving lives and shattering stigma, by showing you can be strong and resilient while living with HIV. We should all be appalled by the way you were forced to speak your truth, it is yours and yours alone to share on your terms and I and millions stand with you.” – H • A lot of you will know who Gareth Thomas is, but many of you may not. This retired welsh rugby player, father, husband, role model – today revealed he is HIV positive. In his statement he shares: Hello, I’m Gareth Thomas 🏉🏴 and I want to share my secret with you. Why? Because it’s mine to tell you. Not the evils that make my life hell, threatening to tell you before I do. And because I believe in you, and I trust you. I am living with HIV. Now you have that information, that makes me extremely vulnerable, but it does not make me weak. Now even though I’ve been forced to tell you this, I choose to fight, to educate and break the stigma around this subject. And that begins today, when I take on the toughest Iron Man in the world in Tenby 🏴 and I push myself physically to the limits. I’m asking you to help me to show that everyone lives in fear of people’s reactions and opinions, but that doesn’t mean we have to hide. But to do this, I really really need your support. @gareththomasofficial #YourRaceYourVictory Photo©️Rowan Griffiths/Sunday Mirror
Soon, Prince Harry took to Instagram to show his support for Thomas. He posted a picture of Thomas through the official Duke and Duchess of Sussex Instagram handle. Harry praised Thomas for his step, describing him as “an absolute legend.”
Price Harry captioned his post on Instagram explaining that he was sharing Thomas’s story of being HIV+ because he was saving lives and shattering stigma, by showing that he can be strong and resilient while living with HIV.
Courageous as ever – legend on the pitch and legend off it. You have our support Gareth. W https://t.co/WXGof2N3j8
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) September 15, 2019
On the other hand, Prince William took to Twitter to praise Thomas. William posted a tweet through the official Kensington Palace Twitter handle. And William wrote that we should all are appalled by the way Thomas was forced to speak his truth. William stated that it must have been Thomas’s personal choice to come out with something so serious in front of millions of people.