Princess Eugenie makes rare public appearance to speak of cause close to her heart

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PRINCESS EUGENIE opened up on meeting a modern slavery survivor and how it inspired her to launch a charity venture with a long-time friend.

Princess Eugenie also touched upon how she came to work against modern slavery with her Anti-Slavery Collective, a movement she founded in 2017 with long-time friend Julia de Boinville.

Asked by Minh what she thinks she has learned from talking to survivors, Princess Eugenie said: “When I first looked into the trafficking world I actually could not believe that this was even an issue, I really couldn’t, I was so naive back in the day about what was going on.

“Firstly it was the shock of it, that modern slavery was something that actually existed, and after that, when you meet survivors and you see what they are achieving and who they are and their characters…

“The Anti-Slavery Collective is founded because we met a survivor in a safe house and she was so strong and powerful and impressive that we immediately were like… my God.

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The executive director of Survivor Alliance, Minh Dang (Image: SURVIVOR ALLIANCE)

“You know, the idiotic thing of ‘I’m stuck in traffic’ or ‘it’s raining’ or something stupid like that that you go through on a day-to-day basis was just like ‘what am I talking about, it’s complete dribble’.

“And this girl was like ‘I really want to help fight the cause, it’s so amazing what you are doing’ …and I was like ‘you are amazing!’

“‘You have overcome this, you are now standing there looking chic as anything, wanting to fight and continue with life.’

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Princess Eugenie speaking at the UN headquarters in New York (Image: GETTY)

“So many of us, who have never been through anything like your members have, want to go upstairs, hide under the duvet, and watch Ru Paul all day long.

“But we can’t because we haven’t gone through anything like you have.

“And when this girl said ‘I want to fight and I want to work’, I was like ‘I can’t really say anything now, you are incredible’.

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Princess Eugenie is the patron of several charities (Image: GETTY)

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Princess Eugenie with her sister Princess Beatrice (Image: GETTY)

“And she really inspired us to set up the Collective.”

Princess Eugenie also acknowledged organisations like hers, led by allies of survivors, are good at making the voices of survivors important but need to be mindful about not continuously asking them to re-telling their stories if they don’t want to.

Princess Eugenie already spoke to Minh, who is also a PhD student and member of the Rights Lab at the University of Nottingham, in July last year about the Survivor Alliance and its role in informing the anti-slavery movements through sharing their expertise.

Despite being a non-working member of the Royal Family, Princess Eugenie has used her influence and position to support several causes and organisations close to her heart over the past few years.

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Princess Eugenie and Jack got married at St George’s Chapel (Image: EXPRESS)

On top of her work with the Anti-Slavery Collective, which aims at raising awareness on how widespread modern slavery is, Eugenie became the patron of Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital’s Redevelopment Appeal in 2012.

This patronage paid tribute to the same Middlesex hospital where she underwent surgery to correct her scoliosis.

With her mother Sarah Ferguson, Eugenie is also a patron of Elephant Family, a charity campaigning to protect Asian elephants.

Another patronage she shares with a member of her family, her sister Princess Beatrice, is the Teenage Cancer Trust, which supports young people facing cancer.

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Princess Eugenie with her husband Jack Brooksbank (Image: GETTY)

Among other charities supported by Princess Eugenie there are Big Cat Sanctuary, which aims to protect big cats from extinction, and Horatio’s Garden, a charity creating accessible gardens in NHS spinal injury centres.

As she doesn’t carry out royal engagements on behalf of the Queen or the Crown, Princess Eugenie works as a director at the art gallery Hauser & Wirth.

Eugenie, who married Jack Brooksbank in October 2018, recently became the mum of August Philip Hawke.

While at birth he was 11th-in-line to the throne, August won’t receive a royal title.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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