While the public is used to seeing Kate Middleton at official royal engagements
that are glamorous and posh, her surprise visit to HMP Send, a prison about 30 miles southwest of London, definitely shows the more humanitarian side of her job.
Dressed in a $550 subtle silver tweed dress by London-based label, The Fold, the 33-year-old royal spent much of her time meeting with women from Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners Trust (RAPt), a program for women coping with addiction.
Kate's meeting with the women participating in RAPt goes hand in hand with her active work with Action for Addiction
. "I was reminded today how addictions lie at the heart of so many social issues and how substance misuse can play such a destructive role in vulnerable people's lives," the Duchess of Cambridge said in a statement.
RAPt startedin 2000, and approximately 450 women have been through the six-month 12-step program, which is the only one dedicated to women in the UK.
Isha, a 33-year-old graduate of the RAPt program, had the opportunity to tell the duchess her story. "I come from a background of alcohol and drug abuse from the age 15," she said. "It was various drugs that I was experimenting with. I had to fund my habit by committing crime which sent me to prison, but if I had known, if there had been support like this on the outside, it'd be so much easier and better for people to have had a chance outside."
Isha later presented Kate with a gift bag for her and her two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte
, which included homemade honey from the prison’s beehive, pastries, and aprons.
The Duchess's visit was a surprise to the public as it was to the inmates. They were told that a famous person was coming to visit, but weren't told it was Kate until half an hour before she arrived.
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