Princess Kate, 40, has shown her support for people struggling with addiction as patron of the charity The Forward Trust. In a brief speech during Addiction Awareness Week, Prince William's wife, 40, said: "Addiction is a serious mental illness that can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender or nationality."
In the end, the member of the British royal family addressed those affected directly: "Please realize that addiction is not chosen. No one chooses to become addicted. I want you to know that this is a serious health condition. Please don't let shame keep you from getting the help you so desperately need. Recovery is possible."
Princess Kate serves as a patron for a variety of organizations, institutions and activities. Most recently, her support for a very special project was made public: The physiotherapist Preet Chandi, who is currently also an officer in the British Army, wants to dare to do something historic: As the first woman, she would like to be completely on her own and cross the Antarctic without outside help. Chandi explained: "My goal for this expedition has always been to inspire other people to push themselves to the limit. I want to take people on this journey to show them that nothing is impossible. It is an absolute privilege to to have the Princess of Wales as patron."