Prince and Princess of Wales voice condolences to families affected by Seoul tragedy

Kate MiddletonandPrince Williamshared a heartfelt message to those in Seoul after a tragic incident took place over the weekend.

More than 150 people are thought to have died and over 130 are injured after a stampede took place following Halloween celebrations in the South Korean capital on Saturday, 29 October.

Following the incident, Prince William wrote on behalf of himself and his wife in a statement: "Catherine and I send all our love and prayers to the parents, families and loved ones of those tragically lost in Seoul yesterday evening. W & C."

Some accounts say 100,000 people had descended on the area to celebrate Halloween, excited about the prospect of partying again after two years of strict Covid restrictions in the country.

Kate has been discussing addictionrecently as she released a new charity campaign video.

The Princess of Wales, who is patron of addiction recovery charity The Forward Trust, said addiction is “a serious health condition” and “not a choice”.

Her message of support for the Taking Action on Addiction campaign comes in the form of a video on the first day of Addiction Awareness Week.

In the video, Kate appears to be speaking from home as she is sitting on a couch with framed family photographs visible behind her.

She says: “Addiction is a serious mental health condition that can happen to anyone, no matter what age, gender, race or nationality.

“As patron of The Forward Trust, I have met many people who have suffered from the effects of addiction.

“Attitudes to addiction are changing. But we are not there yet, and we need to be. Still the shame of addiction is stopping people and families asking for help and people are still tragically losing their lives."

Kate went on: “We as a society need to recognise that the only way to help those suffering is to try and understand what has led them to addiction, to empathise with them and to be compassionate to their struggles.

“And so today, during Addiction Awareness Week, I want to share a message of support to those who are continuing to suffer.

She continues: “Please know that addiction is not a choice. No one chooses to become an addict.

“I want you to know that this is also a serious health condition. Please do not let shame hold you back from getting the help you so desperately need.

“The charities leading the Taking Action on Addiction Campaign, along with others, are working across the country delivering life changing work to help people recover and move forward.

“They are here for you. So please ask for help. I know this was not a choice. Recovery is possible.”


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