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The Duchess of Cambridge delivered an important speech at the launch of her patronage The Forward Trust’s ‘Taking Action on Addiction’ campaign, as she called for compassion and awareness to help battle addiction within society. Her appearance sparked praise from royal fans and commentators, who noted that “people pay attention” whenever she and the Royal Family lend their voices to important issues that are viewed as taboo. 

Royal commentator Molly Mulshine said: “I think it’s really great whenever the royals talk about removing taboos and shame from certain issues because that is an area where they really can do a lot of good, just to talk about it can really benefit people a lot.

“We don’t really hear from her that much so anytime we hear from her and she had that bright red ensemble on, people are going to pay attention so that was cool.

Kate arrived at the event on October 19 wearing a red pleated skirt by Christopher Kane, tan pumps by Ralph Lauren and a DeMellier bag.

Her co-host Christina Garibaldi agreed, saying: “Definitely and I loved her ensemble, I loved her hair, she looked fantastic.”

A number of royal fans took to Twitter to praise the Duchess for her involvement, with one user @lovecambridges_ writing: “The Duchess is so right in this! She’s doing such an amazing work as well as @ForwardTrust”

Following her speech, the charity Look Around UK wrote on Twitter:  Couldn’t agree more @KensingtonRoyal. Thank you for shedding light on such a serious issue as addiction. As a small charity that works to tackle drug and alcohol addiction within our community, it is amazing to read such words. Truly, addiction can affect anyone.”

Another user, @corfecrow, wrote: “This is such important work. Well done for highlighting this, Duchess!”

The 39-year-old Duchess has been the Royal Patron for the UK-based charity Action on Addiction since October 2012.

Her recent speech coincided with Addiction Awareness Week (October 18-24) and highlighted the misconceptions about addiction and its roots in early childhood experiences,

Taking to the stage, she said: “Addiction is not a choice. No one chooses to become an addict. But it can happen to any one of us. None of us are immune.

“It is all too rarely discussed as a serious mental health condition and seldom do we take the time to uncover and fully understand its fundamental root causes.”

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“The journey towards addiction is often multi-layered and complex. But, by recognizing what lies beneath addiction, we can help remove the taboo and shame that sadly surrounds it.”

She also spoke of the impact caused by the Covid-19 crisis, recognising the anxiety caused by lockdowns and uncertainty. 

Kate continued: “The pandemic has had a devastating impact on addiction rates. And families and children are having to cope with addiction in greater numbers than ever before.

“We know that over one and a half million people across the U.K. who did not have substance misuse prior to lockdown may now be experiencing problems associated with increased alcohol consumption.”

She was joined at the event by celebrity presenters Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnolly, who surprised her as she walked into the venue. 

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After composing herself, she joked if they were going to make her do one of their “tucker trials” from their ITV show I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!

McPartlin later spoke of his own experiences with addiction, which led him to take a break from presenting duties in 2018. He told the Duchess that his problems had started “to disappear” after he opened up about his struggles and received the necessary treatment.

Her speech at The Forward Trust’s event marked the second public speech made by the future queen in recent weeks, after she took to the stage at The Earthshot Prize on October 17 to present the final award to the Republic of Costa Rica. 

She was joined on the green carpet by her husband Prince William, who had launched the Prize last year alongside Sir David Attenborough. 

After marrying into the Royal Family in 2011, Kate is now regarded as one of the most reliable and popular members of the British monarchy. 

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