Kate Middleton paid a visit Saturday to a memorial site for Sarah Everard, the London woman murdered last week when she was walking home from a friend’s apartment.
The Duchess of Cambridge made an unannounced stop at Clapham Common bandstand, to add a bouquet to the memorial there.
Kensington Palace said Middleton “wanted to pay her respects to the family and to Sarah,” SkyNews reported. “She remembers what it was like to walk around London at night before she was married.”
Everard’s murder has set off a new round of reckoning for Brits over the safety of women.
Organizers had hoped to hold a vigil for women’s safety at the site of the memorial later Saturday, but they were denied a permit because of the pandemic. London residents are instead being urged to shine a light on their doorsteps at 9:30 p.m.
Earlier Saturday, Wayne Couzens, 48, a police officer who patrolled embassies in London, made his first appearance in court. He is charged with kidnapping and murder in Everard’s death.