In Eva Rausing's case, she served as a trustee of the anti-addiction charities Chemical Dependency Center and Clouds beginning in the late 1990s, long before her embassy arrest. Those organizations merged with Action on Addiction, a charity supported by Eva Rausing until her death that also has a strong link to the royal family: the former Kate Middleton is a patron.
CEO Neil Barton said that over the years, the Rausings contributed tens of millions of pounds to the anti-addiction crusade, remaining committed even after Eva Rausing stepped down as a trustee. He said he never discussed Rausing's addiction with her.
"I didn't want to go there unless she wanted to talk about it," he said, describing Rausing as a charming woman with an easy smile. "I don't remember ever having that sort of conversation with her, but it was understood that that was partly why she was interested."
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