The Princess of Wales has spoken about Addiction Awareness Week

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For a significant week, Princess Catherine has shared an uplifting message that highlights a cause that is very dear to her. At the conclusion of Addiction Awareness Week on Friday, the Princess of Wales made a statement, coinciding with her husband the Prince of Wales’s departure for another momentous cause.

As she expressed her support for the campaign, Catherine, 41, said she is “delighted” and thanked “all of the charities involved in shining a light on the effects of this terrible illness.”


The Princess of Wales visited HMP High Down in September


The royal, who supports The Forward Trust, also talked candidly about her September visit to HMP High Down prison, where she conversed with inmates about their life experiences, especially those from their early years, and how those experiences influenced them.

Catherine continued, “During the earliest years of our lives, we lay the foundations for the sorts of social and emotional skills that help us to navigate life, develop coping strategies to deal with adversity, and learn how to establish stable, caring relationships which are such a vital source of support when facing life’s complex challenges.” The Princess is extremely knowledgeable about the topic of early years.

“This year, we are thinking back on how ‘Everyone Knows Someone’ affected by addiction,” she went on. By having more candid conversations, I think we can take into account the individuals who have been affected in our own lives and communities.


Vaitea Cowan with Prince William at The Earthshot Prize Innovation Summit in New York City last month
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“People are impacted by addiction in a multitude of ways, extending far beyond the individual suffering from it – this includes parents, kids, siblings, friends, and neighbors. We can assist in ending the cycle by being aware of their experiences and beginning with empathy and compassion.

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“If you can, please take some time to listen to those who are impacted by addiction and offer them your best support. An addiction cannot be chosen. It is an extremely dangerous mental illness. And recovery is achievable with the correct assistance provided by fantastic nonprofit organizations like The Forward Trust.”

In the meantime, Prince William will travel to Singapore for the 2023 Earthshot Prize Awards ceremony, leaving his wife and their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louise, at home. Prince George’s exams are coming up soon, after the family took a two-week break during half-term, so the Prince will be traveling alone while Catherine is presumably staying at home.

William is going to the environmental event, which is meant to raise awareness about the nominees for awards who are all significant trailblazers in the fight against climate change. Prince William, 41, who introduced the Earthshot Prize in 2020, will honor this year’s finalists’ work with remarks on stage.


Prince William will fly solo to Singapore for the awards
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William will engage in dragon boating, meet locals in Singapore to discover how they are protecting the environment locally, and attend a “fellowship” retreat with the 15 Earthshot Prize finalists to provide them with networking opportunities during his solo visit, which starts on November 5.

Hollywood royalty Cate Blanchett, Hannah Waddingham, winner of an Emmy, and the indie band Bastille are among the other guests.

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