Tom Daley waded into Meghan and Harry row over royal protocol: 'Awesome'

Daley is competing at this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo. Many have noted that it could be the diver’s last chance at winning gold. He already has two Olympic bronze medals to his name, but the top spot on the podium has so far eluded him.

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One of the best-known stars of Team GB, Daley has taken his influence outside his sport to do good in society.

Becoming something of a celebrity, Daley has, in recent years, been open with his struggles about coming out as gay.

In 2019, he unknowingly waded into a royal row between Meghan and Harry and many others after they pledged their support for the LGBTQ+ community.

The pair, who were then full-time working royals, posted a string of photographs from the LGBTQ+ social media accounts they followed to Instagram during Pride month.

Tom Daley: The Olympian waded into the row that erupted in 2019

Tom Daley: The Olympian waded into the row that erupted in 2019 (Image: GETTY)

Tokyo Olympic Games: Daley will likely have his last chance to grab gold at the games

Tokyo Olympic Games: Daley will likely have his last chance to grab gold at the games (Image: GETTY)

Their caption read: “For the month of June we ‘proudly’ shine a light on Pride.

“This month we pay tribute to the accounts supporting the LGBTQ+ community – those young and old, their family friends, accounts that reflect on the past and are hopeful for a deservedly more inclusive future.

“We stand with you and support you.

“Because it is very simple: love is love.”

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Meghan Markle: The pair pledged their support for the LGBTQ+ community

Meghan Markle: The pair pledged their support for the LGBTQ community (Image: GETTY)

Some of their followers were not impressed with the support.

They claimed that the pair were breaking royal protocol by airing their opinions.

One user wrote: “What happened to the Royal Family doesn’t endorse political beliefs/controversial beliefs one way or the other?”

Another asked: “Why so many US based organisations?

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Zara Tindall: The royal with Daley in 2012 during a parade through London

Zara Tindall: The royal with Daley in 2012 during a parade through London (Image: GETTY)

Champion: Daley has enjoyed overwhelming support from the country

Champion: Daley has enjoyed overwhelming support from the country (Image: GETTY)

“As members of the Royal Family, I would think you would try and highlight UK charities, and maybe ones that don’t already get a ton of press and support.”

Daley, however, was more than pleased with the support from the then-senior royals.

Having welcomed son Robbie with his husband Dustin Lance Black the year before, he replied: “Princess Diana would be so proud.”

Itgetsbetter, an organisation highlighted by Meghan and Harry at the time, said: “Thank you so much for your support of LGBTQ+ youth! Happy Pride month!”

Team GB: Britain is hoping to nab the top spot this year after its performances in 2012 and 2016

Team GB: Britain is hoping to nab the top spot this year after its performances in 2012 and 2016 (Image: Express Newspapers)

The couple’s post also featured a picture of Diana, who helped break down the stigma around HIV and AIDS before she died in 1997.

The photo was taken when she met patient Gerard McGrath at HIV and AIDS hospice London Lighthouse in 1996.

Daley has previously said that he “hit a low” in the aftermath of the 2012 Olympic Games, which were held in London.

He had lost his father to cancer in 2011, and was at the time, unknown to the world, battling with understanding his sexuality.

London Olympics: Daley and his Team GB teammates made history during the 2012 Games

London Olympics: Daley and his Team GB teammates made history during the 2012 Games (Image: GETTY)

In 2013, he released a video to YouTube revealing that he had met someone – “a guy”.

He said it “took him by surprise a little bit”, but that “things just clicked – it felt right”.

Daley was met with an overwhelming amount of support, and continued on his Olympic journey.

He later thanked Lance for pushing him to continue following his passion: diving.

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