In a history-making move, Princess Eugenie is set to become the first member of the royal family to present a podcast series.
The 29-year-old will co-host a podcast entitled ‘Freedom United’ with close friend Julia De Boinville for charity, The Anti-Slavery Collective, which the pair co-founded back in 2017.
Announcing the news in a video posted to Instagram, Princess Eugenie revealed: “The Anti-Slavery Collective’s mission is to bring people together because together, we’re so much more powerful and we can affect serious change.”
“If we can do that and get people working in the same thing, sharing information, sharing what their best practices are then we can make a real difference,” she added.
As with the charity, the first speaker series, ‘Tech Tackles Trafficking’, will highlight the alarming plight of modern slaves across the globe.
“There are an estimated 40.3 million slaves in the world today,” Julia De Boinville reveals in the clip. “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,” she continued. “The Anti-Slavery Collective’s mission is to bring people together, because together we are so much more powerful and impact serious change.”
Princess Eugenie first met Julia De Boinville on the bus during a school trip which sparked the beginning of their “life-long adventure and friendship” – one which saw the pair travel the globe together following their studies at Newcastle University.
It was a 2012 trip to Kolkata, India which inspired the pair to launch their own anti-slavery charity, after learning about The Women’s Interlink Foundation – which rescues young women from modern slavery and teaches them a vocational skill such as fabric printing.
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Since launching the non-profit organisation, the duo have spread awareness of modern slavery by speaking at several UN events and meeting survivors to collaborate and share ideas on how to tackle human trafficking.
“We are doing this for the person who can’t scream and shout like we can, for the women, girls, men, children all over the world,” Princess Eugenie concluded.
hough she isn’t the first royal to have founded a podcast, as the Duchess of Cambridge famously partnered up with Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, of which she is a patron, to launch a series of podcasts back in August 2016.
The podcast series, ‘Child in Mind’, was designed to give parents advice on how to help a child struggling with mental health issues with the aim to help families to overcome the fear of the unknown.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s Bazaar UK.
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