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.
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HRH Princess Eugenie of York and Julia de Boinville discuss why they co-founded The Anti-Slavery Collective. The Anti-Slavery Collective's mission is to raise awareness of this global epidemic by creating a platform for and convening change-makers. Video Production: @andrewgemmell_filmproducer & @thefilmingbusiness_for_events Thank you to everyone who is doing amazing work to fight modern slavery. Special thanks to the Freedom Fund, @FreedomUnitedHQ @SalvationArmyUK, @StopTheTraffik, @Astra_Antitrafficking, @HopeForJusticeIntl, @UNTrustFundEVAW, @OSCEorg & Atina, who appear in this video.
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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TASC co-founder @princesseugenie recently spoke at the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s (@osceorg) 19th Alliance against Trafficking in Persons Conference in Vienna. There are 57 OSCE participating States and 11 Partners for co-operation from Europe, Central Asia, and North America who came together to examine how technology can be leveraged in order to support survivors and to break the cycle of human trafficking.
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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