Princess Kate’s day in prison, including drug detection dogs and all

Princess of Wales, Patron of The Forward Trust, visits HMP High Down in Sutton, Britain, September 12, 2023.
Princess of Wales, Patron of The Forward Trust, visits HMP High Down in Sutton, Britain, September 12, 2023.
The Princess of Wales, Kate Middleton, sported a mischievous grin during an unexpected encounter while visiting HMP High Down, a male prison in Surrey.

The royal found herself being searched by a prison guard and accompanied by a drug detection dog.

Dressed elegantly and poised as ever, Kate Middleton arrived at HMP High Down for a royal engagement that aimed to shed light on the vital work conducted by The Forward Trust, an organisation dedicated to assisting inmates in their journey to recovery from addiction.

As she entered the prison premises, Kate was seated on a wooden chair, where the unexpected search took place. A black Labrador named Penny, part of the prison’s security team, attentively conducted a sweep, ensuring the safety and security of the royal visitor.

The moment turned particularly noteworthy as the Princess of Wales couldn’t help but display her playful side, sharing a mischievous expression with those around her, clearly taking the situation in good humour.


Princess Kate’s fingers were seen lightly bandaged, drawing questions from onlookers. Kensington Palace swiftly addressed the concern, confirming that the injury was minor and reassuring the public that no bones were broken. The minor injury sustained during a trampoline mishap with her children at home.

The Royal’s involvement with The Forward Trust underscores her commitment to addressing addiction-related issues and helping incarcerated individuals on their path to rehabilitation. Despite the unexpected twists during her visit, the Duchess continued to carry herself with grace and poise, embodying the compassion and dedication that she is known for.

As she left HMP High Down, the Princess of Wales left a lasting impression, not just for her royal status, but for her genuine connection with the cause and the ability to bring a touch of lightheartedness to unexpected situations.


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