Well, well. The Duchess of Cambridge made a “secret visit” to a women’s prison in Surrey today. Surprising, isn’t it? This was not on Kate’s public schedule at all, and while the trip was announced to some journalists in advance, the journalists were blocked from revealing details about the trip “because of security concerns.” Plus, phones and laptops were banned (but not cameras, apparently!). Kate went to prison as part of her work with Action on Addiction, and this trip was to see the work of Rehabilitation of Addicted Prisoners Trust (RAPt). You can read more about the trip here.
HRH "addictions lie at the heart of so many social issues .. substance misuse can play such a destructive role in vulnerable people's lives"
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) September 25, 2015
So, good on Kate. I’m surprised that she actually A) did something and B) did something substantive, on a tricky, less touchy-feely subject like drug and alcoholic addictions in the prison system. Why is she suddenly so engaged? I’m not sure. Incidentally, did you see The Daily Mail’s Ephraim Hardcastle’s little gossip item about Kate? It was called “The Duchess of Cambridge’s much-appreciated return to work.” I think this could be one of the explanations for why Kate is suddenly so “engaged.”
The Duchess of Cambridge’s much-appreciated return to work – visiting a mental health charity in London and Twickenham for the rugby – cheers her fans. She’ll also attend the premiere next month of the new James Bond movie, Spectre. Other plans are hazy. Flunkeys are reluctant to announce too many in advance. The ‘prickly princess’ is unpredictable. A much-hyped overseas visit next spring currently awaits her nod. Come on, Kate!
So much shade in one little gossip piece. They got everything though – “prickly princess” and “hazy” plans. Fascinating.
Fashion notes for this visit: Kate wore a “£365 winter white tweed dress called Eaton by London-based label The Fold.” I like it. I would call it more of a pale ash grey, and what I especially love is that she wore the matching shoes, rather than nude or black LK Bennetts. The bangs though!! Ugh.
— RAPt (@RAPtcharity) September 25, 2015
Photos courtesy of Getty.