Prince Williams praised Gareth Thomas for his courage and bravery after the former Wales rugby captain revealed on Sunday that he is living with HIV.
Taking to the official Kensington Palace Instagram account, he shared a video of Gareth opening up about his diagnosis, alongside a personal message from William.
It read: “Courageous as ever – legend on the pitch and legend off it. You have our support Gareth. W.”
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Courageous as ever – legend on the pitch and legend off it. You have our support Gareth. W • 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 #cantpassiton