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Gareth Thomas has thrown his support behind Prince Harry amid the recent controversies surrounding the Duke of Sussex.
The Welsh rugby star, 46, has praised their close bond, admitting that the pair cemented their friendship while working together to raise awareness for HIV and AIDS.
The former Lions captain previously gushed that nobody’s support does he value more than that of Harry’s, whose mother, the late Princess Diana, first changed attitudes to Aids back in the 1980s.
In a new interview, Gareth insisted that Harry was dedicated to the cause of spreading awareness of HIV and championing those who have been diagnosed with the disease.
Sharing this thoughts on Quite a Queer Conversation on Virgin Radio Pride, Gareth said: “We've become really good friends through him being a champion for people to be active about living a good life after being diagnosed with HIV.”
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“Him and so many other people like Elton John, who has his AIDS foundation, people are doing so many great things.
“But still people hear it but they don’t really understand it because, again, they feel like they're a community of people and a section of society that doesn't need to know this. We’re talking about our sexuality…everybody has or is going to be sexually active. So having this knowledge is powerful for everyone.”
Gareth, who has now formulated a strong bond with the Prince, recently shed some light on Harry’s humble nature.
“People say to me, ‘blimey Alfie you live on a council estate, what are you doing being friends with a Prince?”, he joked.
Gareth, who has now formulated a strong bond with the Prince, recently shed some light on Harry’s humble nature
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“That says it all about him. He wants what was started by his mother to not stop until there is no reason for us to have these conversations; no reason to have any organisations or support groups or helplines anymore."
The Duke has been a lifelong advocate of HIV awareness and in 2019 joined forces with Thomas and the Terrence Higgins Trust to raise awareness for National HIV Testing Week.
And although he’s one of the most high-profile figures on the planet currently, Harry still finds time to check in on his friend.
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“What's more he still finds time to pick up a phone or text to ask whether this ex-rugby player from Bridgend is okay,” Gareth revealed.
“For the last year and a half, since I made my announcement about living with HIV, he’s been there every step of the way, supporting me as a friend.”
Listen to Virgin Radio Pride at virginradio.co.uk/pride, via the Virgin Radio app or DAB radio in London.