Kate Middleton privately visits memorial for London girl murdered

The Duchess of Cambridge made an unannounced go to in south London Saturday, to the memorial held for Sarah Everard, a 33-year outdated girl whose stays had been found Friday.

Everard went lacking after leaving a buddy’s condominium round 9 p.m on March 3. She is believed to have been kidnapped and killed by a police officer who was charged Friday.

Kate Middleton, 39, visited the memorial arrange for Everard in Clapham Frequent, a neighborhood close to her dwelling in Brixton, and the place she was final noticed earlier than her disappearance.


“She wished to pay her respects to Sarah and her household,” a royal supply instructed PEOPLE. “She remembers what it felt prefer to stroll round London at night time.”

Middleton stopped in entrance of the memorial with different girls paying tribute to Everard, whose case has captured worldwide consideration.

The homicide of the 33-year outdated has pressured many to take to social media to query why girls proceed to be threatened by predators, and share private tales of assaults or their communal fears of violence when strolling dwelling at night time.

“When she went lacking, any girl who has ever walked dwelling alone at night time felt that grim, instinctive sense of recognition,” columnist Gaby Hinsliff wrote in The Guardian. “Footsteps on a darkish avenue. Keys gripped between your fingers. There however for the grace of God.”

Constable Wayne Couzens, 48, a member of the London police’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Safety Command has been arrested and charged with kidnapping and homicide.

He was set to look in court docket Saturday.

Organizers deliberate a vigil in Everard’s reminiscence Saturday, however because of coronavirus restrictions the ceremony was not permitted to be carried out.


“No girl in London must be unsafe on London’s streets and I perceive the energy of feeling that has grown following Sarah’s disappearance,” Metropolitan Police Commander Catherine Roper mentioned in a press release Friday. “As a girl and a police officer, I need nothing greater than for ladies to really feel protected and guarded by the police.”

“However we must be clear. Our metropolis remains to be in a battle with Covid-19 with folks persevering with to be contaminated and sadly shedding their lives. Just a few weeks in the past our NHS was at breaking level, we can not threat undoing all of the exhausting work to scale back the an infection fee,” she added.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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