Duchess Kate Virtually Visits an Addiction Treatment Center

Harper's Bazaar Staff
Photo credit: Kensington Palace
Photo credit: Kensington Palace

From Harper's BAZAAR

  • Duchess Kate paid a virtual visit to an addiction treatment center in Wiltshire, England last week via video call to learn how the staff is continuing their work during the coronavirus lockdown.

  • The center is run by the duchess's patronage, Action on Addiction, and has continued live-saving services as social distancing measures continue during the pandemic.

  • A new poll found an uptick in addictive behaviors during lockdown for those who are in recovery.

As the coronavirus lockdown continues in the U.K., so does the royal family's virtual philanthropic work. Last week, the Duchess of Cambridge partook in another charity video call, this time linking up with an addiction treatment center in Wiltshire, in south west England. Dressed in a bright red polo, the duchess chatted with staff about how they've continued and adapted their treatments during the coronavirus lockdown.

The center is run by the organization Action on Addiction, which has been one of Duchess Kate's royal patronages since 2012. During the call, she received a tour of the facility, Clouds House, and discussed the importance of addiction treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic. She later joined a group chat of clients receiving help from the center.

Photo credit: Kensington Palace
Photo credit: Kensington Palace

Kate also learned of a recent poll that showed a resurgence of addictive behaviors as a result of the isolation and time indoors during coronavirus. For example, 39 percent of respondents who identified as being in recovery prior to lockdown (four percent of all participants) reported "either a reoccurrence of their addictive behaviour or a relapse in their recovery," according to the survey.

The duchess's Action on Addiction engagement comes after she and Prince William surprised volunteers last week via a Zoom call.

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