Kate Middleton Makes a Surprise Visit to Women's Prison, Meets Those Battling Addiction
By Dino-Ray Ramos
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."