The royals are switching up their traditional roles by exploring exciting new passion projects and we have to say, we’re loving it. First, the Duchess of Sussex became the first royal to guest edit the September issue of Vogue, and announced days later that she is collaborating with high street giant M&S on a new workwear collection. Now, her cousin-in-law Princess Eugenie has revealed that she is working on a new podcast.
The 29-year-old granddaughter of the Queen will become the first member of the royal family to launch her own podcast, as part of her charity, The Anti-Slavery Collective.
Eugenie made the announcement via Instagram this week, explaining that she has teamed up with her best friend and charity co-founder Julia De Boinville for her new project.
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I was privileged to join Ambassador John Richmond, the US Ambassador at Large to Combat Human Trafficking, on a visit to the grave of William Wilberforce to learn more about the historical journey of British abolitionists. He is visiting the UK to learn about the work that is being done here in support of survivors and what NGOs, Corporates and Faith Based Groups are achieving. @westminsterabbeylondon @the_anti_slavery_collective #endslavery #endhumantrafficking
‘We are developing a podcast, Freedom United, and we will have a speaker series called Tech Tackles Trafficking,’ she said. ‘Now is the time to talk about this, this is already on everyone’s minds. If it isn’t, we are making it on their minds. We are doing this for the person who can’t scream and shout about their situation like we can.’
In a sneak peek of the upcoming podcast, Eugenie’s partner Julia is heard saying: ‘There are an estimated 40.3 million slaves in the world today – that’s the greatest number in history.
‘We witnessed first-hand how many amazing charities there are in the UK and beyond, doing phenomenal work, so we wondered how we could highlight the work they are doing and raise awareness. And with that we launched the Anti-Slavery Collective.’
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TASC co-founders @princesseugenie and @juliadeboinville met on the bus going on a school trip and knew that it was just the beginning of a life-long adventure and friendship! 'In 2012 we went on a trip to Kolkata, India where we visited an organisation called The Women’s Interlink Foundation which was founded by Aloka Mitra. Aloka rescues girls from modern slavery, gives them a home and teaches them a simple vocational skill – fabric printing. During our time in Kolkata we were shocked to discover the extent to which slavery still exists. In fact, there are more enslaved people today than at any other point in history, and at any one time someone is being trafficked within a mile of where you live. We founded TASC to help raise awareness of modern slavery in the modern world.'
The two launched The Anti-Slavery Collective together back in 2017 in the hope of making a significant change. On the official website for the charity, they explain: ‘We met on the bus going on a school trip and we knew that this was just the beginning of a life-long adventure and friendship! After following each other around the world, then to Newcastle University, and into our careers; in 2012 we went on a trip to Kolkata, India.’
‘We were shocked to discover the extent to which slavery still exists. In fact, there are more enslaved people today than at any other point in history, and at any one time someone is being trafficked within a mile of where you live. We often associate slavery with chains and shackles, but modern slavery is a hidden crime that is often hard to detect.