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Prince William Supports "Courageous" Rugby Legend Who Reveals He's Living With HIV

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September 16, 2019 - 12:00 / Sarah Schulz

Prince William and Prince Harry took to social media to support the former captain of the British and Irish Lions Rugby team who recently has revealed that he is living with HIV. Both Prince's showed their support with touching words of encouragement on their social media accounts.  

Gareth Thomas revealed on social media that he has been living with HIV. The Welsh rugby legend received support from Prince William and Prince Harry after his courageous act of telling the world. Thomas shared his "secret" in a video he uploaded to Twitter, implying that he had been blackmailed to do so. "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," Thomas states.

Kensington Palace Twitter Responds to Gareth Thomas' "Secret" 

He continues to say that, "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." The Kensington Palace official Twitter account replied to his video by saying, "Courageous as ever - legend on the pitch and legend off it. You have our support Gareth. W."

Prince Harry Shows His Support for Gareth Thomas

Prince Harry also shared his words of support on the Sussex Royal official Instagram page saying, "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 disgusted 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."

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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

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We are so proud of the rugby legend for speaking his truth and so proud of both Prince Harry and Prince William for sharing their kind words of support and love in Thomas' time of need.