Princess Kate met several inmates, victims of addictions to alcohol or drugs, who are helped by the Rehabilitation of Addicted Prisoners Trust (RAPt), which operates in 26 detention centers in Britain.
The Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, encountered the female inmates on Friday at HMP Send in Surrey, and according to Kensington Palace, the royal “heard personal stories from women prisoners how they became addicts, and how addiction played a role in their offending.”
The Palace also shared the Duchess’ thoughts after her visit to the women’s prison.
“Addictions lie at the heart of so many social issues .. substance misuse can play such a destructive role in vulnerable people’s lives,” Kate said. “Failure to intervene early in life to tackle mental health problems and other challenges can have profound consequences.”
“I am grateful to the women I met for sharing their difficult personal stories with me,” the Duchess added.
The Duchess said: "I am grateful to the women I met for sharing their difficult personal stories with me" pic.twitter.com/VnHhJDHI6F
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) September 25, 2015
According to People magazine, Duchess Kate received gifts, including two aprons, from the prison inmates for her two adorable children, Princess Charlotte, 4 months, and Prince George, 2.
“George is going to need it for his painting and his coloring,” the Duchess told an inmate.
The Duchess of Cambridge made another solo appearance at the Anna Freud Centre last week, in support of the children’s mental health treatment charity.