Kate Middleton sends a letter to Sarah Everard’s family days after a secret visit to the flower tribute at Clapham Common
- A source said the Duchess wrote a letter ‘expressing her absolute grief over what Sarah’s family and loved ones are going through’
- Duchess visited Clapham Common to lay flowers after Mrs. Everard was found
- Marketing manager was reported missing on March 3 and found dead a week later
The Duchess of Cambridge sent a ‘very personal’ letter to Sarah Everard’s family, sources say.
The 33-year-old marketing director went missing just three miles from where Kate and her sister Pippa shared a flat in Chelsea, southwest London, before marrying Prince William.
The Duchess, 39, visited Clapham Common earlier this month to lay flowers at the bandstand alongside other mourners in the days after Mrs. Everard’s body was found.
She has since sent a message to Mrs. Everard’s family and although the contents of the letter have been kept private, the Duchess is believed to have expressed her condolences and told the family that she is on her mind.
Earlier this month, the Duchess of Cambridge saw daffodils plant during the vigil for Sarah Everard on Clapham Common
A source said The mirror: ‘This was a very personal and heartfelt letter, just to express her absolute grief at what Sarah’s family and loved ones are going through.
The Duchess knows no words can change what happened, but wanted to let them know that she and Sarah are on her mind.
She remembers what it was like to walk alone as a young woman in London and elsewhere, and like so many other women, she has thought deeply about her experiences at the time.
Mrs. Everard, a Durham University graduate, went missing on March 3 while walking home from a visit with a friend
“It was important to her to show her respect in this way.
“This was a private matter for her and she wanted to show unity with everyone who shares these feelings.”
A separate source close to Ms. Everard’s family said they were “extremely moved” to receive the letter.
Kensington Palace said it would not comment on private correspondence.
The Duchess had paid a private visit to the bandstand in Clapham Common, where mourners deposited flowers and cards earlier this month.
The mother of three laid daffodils and paused to reflect on the dozens of bouquets.
And a source from the palace said at the time that Kate attended the memorial “to pay her respects to Sarah and her family.”
Police were later criticized for their harsh treatment of women attending a vigil at the site, which agents said violated Covid rules.
A graduate of Durham University, Mrs. Everard was described by her family as “smart, beautiful and a wonderful daughter and sister” who was “kind, thoughtful, caring and trustworthy.”
She went missing on March 3 while walking down the Common River on her way to her home in Brixton after visiting a friend.
Her body was found in the woods near Ashford, Kent on March 10.
Earlier this week, it was reported that her cause of death is still unknown.
Police were later criticized for their harsh treatment of women attending a vigil at the site (pictured), which agents say was in violation of Covid rules
Ms. Everard’s death sparked a flood of support from women across the country who feared walking alone or who had been victims of sexual harassment or assault.
Metropolitan Police officer on duty, Wayne Couzens, 48, from Deal, also in Kent, is charged with murder.
Couzens, a married father of two, worked in Scotland Yard’s department of parliamentary and diplomatic protection.
His plea is scheduled for July 9, with a tentative trial date set for October 25.