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The headline above may have made one pause for a moment, but it is true. The Duchess of Cambridge made an unannounced visit to a women’s prison on Friday morning where she met staff and prisoners.
Her Royal Highness made the private visit at HMP Eastwood Park, a women’s prison located in Gloucestershire. While there, she learnt about the support available to prisoners and their families who are often involved in complex social issues.
Among the people The Duchess met on Friday were the prison’s staff who explained some of the needs that are presented when looking after female inmates.
Some of the concerns that were spoken about include mental health issues, family breakdowns and also treatment for addictions.
Afterwards, The Duchess met some of the inmates kept in prison and heard their stories and experiences. The visit to the prison was completely private, and no media or photographers were invited.
Catherine’s to HMP Eastwood Park is part of a day of engagements aimed at focusing on addiction, mental health problems and associated issues.
In the afternoon, The Duchess visited the Nelson’s Trust Women’s Centre, which is designed to support vulnerable women, including those who have experienced abuse and trauma.
Launched in 2010, the centre has won numerous awards for the work it does to support over 500 women annually across Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire.
To commemorate Catherine’s visit, a plaque was unveiled in the main reception area.
It has been a busy couple of days for The Duchess of Cambridge. On Thursday, she attended the UK Premiere of ‘A Street Cat Named Bob’ where she got close and personal to the stars of the movie.
The premiere was held in aid of Action on Addiction of which the Duchess is Patron.
At the premiere, Catherine walked the red carpet and met representatives of Action on Addiction. The charity “brings help, hope and freedom to those living with addiction and those living with people who suffer problems of addiction” according to a press release from Kensington Palace.
Action on Addiction is the only UK charity that covers all fields of addiction from treatment, primary education to honours degree level education, research, campaigns and support for families of those addicted.