Former Attitude magazine editor reveals how Princess Diana’s work with AIDS patients inspired him to invite Prince William to grace the cover – and says the late royal would approve
- Matthew Todd, former editor of Attitude magazine, appeared on Lorraine
- Revealed he was inspired by her work to invite Prince William to grace the cover
- Said if Princess Diana was alive she would be ‘doing all the gay magazines’
- Suggested the late royal would have given her son a ‘thumbs up’ for the act
- Duke of Cambridge became first royal to appear on LGBT magazine in 2016
The former editor of Attitude magazine has revealed he was inspired by Princess Diana’s work with AIDs patients to invite Prince William to become the first royal to grace the cover an LGBT magazine.
Matthew Todd, from London, appeared on Lorraine this morning to discuss the impact the royals have on gay culture.
He told the presenter that he’d been inspired by the late Princess’ work with AIDs patients to invite Prince William to grace the cover of the magazine.
Matthew suggested she would be proud of William for the cover, saying: ‘I can imagine, when he did that, somewhere she would be saying thumbs up.’
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Matthew said seeing Princess Diana shaking hands with someone who was HIV-positive was ‘life-changing’ for LGBT people across the world (pictured Princess Diana in Casey House, an AIDS hospice in Toronto in 1987)
He went on to reveal that Prince William had joked ‘don’t ask me to take my top off’ when gracing the cover of Attitude magazine in 2016
Prince William appeared on the cover of Attitude magazine in 2016, marking the first time a member of the Royal Family had been photographed for the cover of a gay publication.
Matthew, the former editor of Attitude, appeared on Lorraine to reveal that it was Princess Diana’s work with the LGBT community that had inspired him to invite the Duke.
He explained that Princess Diana had been transformative in his experience as a gay man, saying: ‘It was very difficult growing up. It affected my self-esteem, I felt very depressed about just being a gay person because there was nobody saying it was OK.’
He went on to call the moment Princess Diana shook hands with a man suffering from the AIDs ‘life changing.’
Matthew revealed how much Princess Diana had impacted him growing up, calling her an inspiration to the gay community which ‘never really got the chance to thank her’
Matthew revealed that it was Princess Diana’s work with AIDS patients that lead him to invite Prince William to grace the cover of Attitude magazine
In April 1987, Princess Diana opened the UK’s first purpose built HIV/AIDS unit that exclusively cared for patients infected with the virus, at London Middlesex Hospital.
She was photographed shaking hands a man suffering with the illness without wearing gloves, publicly challenging the notion that HIV/AIDS was passed from person to person by touch.
Matthew told Lorraine: ‘For Princess Diana to shake hands with someone HIV positive was life-changing. It went all across the world.’
Recalling what an inspiration she had been to the gay community, he went on: ‘It’s so sad we lost her and we never really got a chance to thank her.’
Matthew appeared on Lorraine to discuss the royal family’s impact on the LGBT movement, and praised Princess Diana for her work with AIDS patients
The former editor of Attitude magazine also revealed he thought Princess Diana would be doing ‘all the gay magazines’ if she were alive (pictured visiting Diana Casey House, an AIDS Hospice in Toronto, Canada in 1991)
Matthew also revealed that her work for the LGBT community had inspired him to ask her son Prince William to grace the cover of Attitude magazine in 2016.
He revealed that Prince William joked ‘don’t ask me to take my shirt off’, before calling the royal ‘amazing’ and ‘absolutely lovely.’
He went on: ‘That was the main reason, I asked him. Diana had meant so much for me as a teenager.’
He also suggested that the move from the Duke of Cambridge, who was the first royal to grace the cover of an LGBT magazine, would have made his mother proud.
Matthew suggested Princess Diana would be proud of Prince William for becoming the first royal to cover a gay magazine
The former editor told Lorraine: ‘I can imagine, when he did that, somewhere she would be saying thumbs up.’
In an interview to go with the cover shoot, Prince William hit out at bullies who targeted the gay community, saying: ‘No one should be bullied for their sexuality.’
He then called on young people being bullied for their sexuality to seek help.
Matthew also revealed Prince William was ‘absolutely lovely’ when he graced the cover of Attitude magazine in 2016
Attitude was founded in 1994 and is the UK’s biggest-selling gay magazine with a circulation of around 60,000 issues per month, including digital.
Matthew – who was editor of Attitude magazine from 2008-2016 – went on to say that if Diana was alive she would have a huge presence in LGBT media.
Matthew explained: ‘If she was here she’d be on the cover of Attitude. She’d be in all the gay clubs, she’d be doing all the gay magazines. She’d have a cabaret act by now.’
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