Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall and Zara McDermott have joined forces for a campaign on sexual abuse awareness.
The 74 year old royal and 24 year old former Love Island star met with survivors of sexual assault on Thursday to hear their stories as part of Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week.
Camilla and Zara, who stunned in a floor-length ballgown at the BRITs earlier this week, posed for photographs at the event in London, which follows an NHS campaign to highlight the support available via sexual assault referral centres, or SARCs.
Zara wore a smart black jumpsuit over a white long-sleeved top while wearing her long blonde hair in loose waves for the event, as she smiled next to the wife of Prince Charles, whothe Queen recently announcedwould be allowed to use the title of Queen Consort.
Camila, meanwhile, wore a long black skirt and navy blazer over a white blouse as she appeared at the event alongside the influencer and TV presenter.
The campaign has a personal connection to presenter Zara, who spoke openly about her own experiences in the BBC documentary Uncovering Rape Culture last year.
Posting a photo of the event to Instagram, Zara explained more about the campaign and why she chose to get involved.
The presenter wrote: “Today I joined the Duchess of Cornwall at a visit to a SARC in London. If you, or someone you know, has been a victim of assault or abuse, then please continue to read, because this post will hopefully be informative to you.
“Today we spoke about so many important topics and shared our stories, but I wanted to shed light on the sheer magnitude of messages that I have received from so many brave people about their assaults and abuse, following on from my first two documentaries.
"Some of them raped, abused (both recently and historically) and seriously scarred from their experiences, feeling vulnerable and unable to speak to someone, and not knowing where to turn. I want to make sure I signpost everyone who has made that brave step to send me a message to their nearest SARC.
“A SARC, which is short for Sexual Assault Referral Centre, is a safe place that you can go if you have been subject to abuse or assault. It doesn’t matter WHEN your assault occurred, it doesn’t matter WHO you are, whether you are male, female, LGBTQ, it does not make a difference.
“Assault is assault and abuse is abuse. SARCs provide a safe space and dedicated care, through the NHS. They are located across the country and offer specialist practical, medical and emotional support 24/7. SARCs offer a range of services, including crisis care, medical and forensic examinations, emergency contraception and testing for sexually transmitted infections.
“They can also arrange access to an independent sexual assault advisor, as well as referrals to mental health support and voluntary sector sexual violence support services. There is no pressure to take your assault any further than a SARC. The outcome can be lead completely by YOU, whether you want to talk to the police or not.
“They are there to hold your hand, regardless of what you want the outcome to be. Thank you to the incredible NHS for your hard work. Thank you to the women who bravely shared their stories today, and thank you to the Duchess; the future Queen, for being so passionate about this topic and for today empowering us to keep pushing for awareness in this area, together.”
Camilla and Zara’s appearance together is not the first time they’ve met, with the pair being pictured together last month as part of a campaign event in conjunction with Refuge charity.
Although Zara found fame on Love Island, she recently spoke about how she has chosen to leave reality TV to focus on her work in documentaries.
In an interview withThe Sunlast December, Zara said: "I've definitely quit doing reality TV. I stopped doing reality around a year ago.
"I have closed that chapter of my life. I did it for three years and now it's time for the next chapter of my life. I won't be going back to Made In Chelsea."
Zara also told of the horror she experienced when she and her family were inundated with death threats and vicious abuse online.
Talking about coping with the death threats, the brunette beauty said: "It's disgusting and scary.
"It is weird how hardened you have to become to it."
The model added that while she has undergone therapy, it can only help "so much".
"It is you that has to live with it day in and day out," Zara noted.
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