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Old 01-06-2012, 07:43 PM
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The Duchess of Cambridge as Patron of Action on Addiction


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The Duchess of Cambridge as
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Announced January 5, 2012


"Action on Addiction works to free people from addiction, support their families, and educate professionals in the addictions field. The charity has treatment centres throughout England, a specialist family service, an innovative research programme and an expert training centre. The charity has centres in Dorset, London, Merseyside and Wiltshire, but operates nationally."

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Old 02-02-2012, 08:09 PM
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Kate was at a charity today, as well (Action on Addiction). William was not there, of course. I'm not sure what counts as a "solo engagement," but it sounds as if this is something where she was the only royal involved. It was not a public event.

Kate keeps busy on William's first day in the Falklands
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Old 02-02-2012, 09:32 PM
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Kate was at a charity today, as well (Action on Addiction). William was not there, of course. I'm not sure what counts as a "solo engagement," but it sounds as if this is something where she was the only royal involved. It was not a public event.

Kate keeps busy on William's first day in the Falklands
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Duchess of Cambridge meets recovering addicts on secret visit to treatment centre - Telegraph
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Old 02-03-2012, 10:10 AM
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Kate Middleton goes solo: Duchess of Cambridge will spend Valentine's Day in Liverpool without William | Mail Online
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Old 02-04-2012, 11:31 AM
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Kate's keeping busy in William's absence:

Duchess of Cambridge secretly meets with recovering drug addicts and alcoholics as William leaves for The Falklands | Mail Online
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Old 02-04-2012, 03:44 PM
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Oooooooh..."secretly." The word has such a different connotation to "privately" or "confidentially."
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Old 02-04-2012, 04:28 PM
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Oooooooh..."secretly." The word has such a different connotation to "privately" or "confidentially."
Just another example of DM stirring the pot when there's no need to be doing so. As so many pointed out, when there's no newsworthy material, one must create some , even if it makes the paper look ridiculous in the process.
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Old 02-04-2012, 09:56 PM
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Ooh she’s seem very good person very Nice to heard another royals members care that much about charity things
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Duchess of Cambridge turns to her uncle for advice on addiction - Telegraph
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Interesting article regarding her uncle, I was unaware of this addiction struggles!
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While he may be a good source of information for Kate regarding his addiction, her uncle sounds like someone who may not be too discreet when flouting his connections to the royal family. Flamboyantly arriving at her wedding in a luxury Rolls Royce convertible and talking to the press about rooms at BP (if that's to be believed) sounds like some self-aggrandizement to me. Just my perspective.
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While he may be a good source of information for Kate regarding his addiction, her uncle sounds like someone who may not be too discreet when flouting his connections to the royal family. Flamboyantly arriving at her wedding in a luxury Rolls Royce convertible and talking to the press about rooms at BP (if that's to be believed) sounds like some self-aggrandizement to me. Just my perspective.
I would have to agree with you. If I were Catherine, I would be very careful of what I say to such a relative. It appears that he wants to milk his connections for all they're worth, and act as if he's more important than he actually is.
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Old 02-19-2012, 07:23 PM
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While he may be a good source of information for Kate regarding his addiction, her uncle sounds like someone who may not be too discreet when flouting his connections to the royal family. Flamboyantly arriving at her wedding in a luxury Rolls Royce convertible and talking to the press about rooms at BP (if that's to be believed) sounds like some self-aggrandizement to me. Just my perspective.
This appears to all be coming from uncle Gary's camp. Can you imagine uncle Gary making an official appearance with her? In his dreams! The Duchess' people discreetly said effectively no comment.
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Whether he is a talker or not, I'm sure he is a good source of information for Kate when she is taking on addictions as one of her charities. Doing more research into the how and why he became an addict and what it was like. Also if he is clean now, how did he accomplish it. I've always thought that her choice of this charity was connected to her uncle.
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Old 02-20-2012, 01:43 PM
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Oh for the love of God!! Could this be possible? I know her Uncle Gary would be the choice to ask but please, there are others out there who could help her understand addictions. I'm shocked that he would even be allowed anywhere around the family. O.k. maybe he is clean but his overall character is NOT appropriate and quite frankly I wouldn't trust him as far as I could throw him. Just my opinion.
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Old 02-20-2012, 02:04 PM
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He's a family member, of course he's allowed around the family. I'm sure they love him. Families don't just throw away relatives because they have a problem.
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I would have to agree with you. If I were Catherine, I would be very careful of what I say to such a relative. It appears that he wants to milk his connections for all they're worth, and act as if he's more important than he actually is.
That's not fair towards "Uncle Gary". The journalist quotes "a friend of Goldsmith's" who blabbed and we all know this kind of friends...

Mandrake in his article then says: "Goldsmith, 46, the younger brother of Kate Middleton’s mother, Carole, would not comment when I raised the issue with him, and a spokesman for the Duchess told me he did not wish to discuss her “private relations with her family.”

So fact is that Gary Goldsmith personally did not comment. Neither did Catherine's spokesman.

So I don't think it is right to believe only because this journalist as well as others connected Catherine's interest in addiction (which is a hugh problematic topic where youngsters are concerned in the whole of Europe, BTW) with her uncle, it is not a proven fact that this is indeed the reason. Apart from using his own car (which is a bit flashy, okay) on arrival to the Royal wedding, Gary Goldsmith has behaved impeccably. My personal guess is that he does so in exchange for a future introduction of his daughter into Catherine and Pippa's circles when Tabitha is old enough (she is still in school, isn't she?).

Binge drinking is a big topic and it is an important task to bring the dangers of addiction into the youngster's minds. Especially as Catherine and William have their own personal history with falling out of nightclubs short before dawn. So now on planning to become parents it might have seemed to them that it's a worthy task to prevent youngsters from becoming alcohol addicts.
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I don't recall Catherine ever "falling out of nightclubs shortly before dawn". Obviously Prince Harry has had his moments, but I don't recall anything like this with Kate.
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