Princess Eugenie reveals she is marking Anti-Slavery Day with the Collective she founded

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Princess Eugenie opted for a low-key look when taking part in a digital event heralding Anti-Slavery Day – and said she hopes people will be ‘inspired’ by campaigners working to end modern slavery.

The mother-of-one, 32, who returned to work from maternity leave two days ago, revealed in a video clip that her charitable organisation, the Anti-Slavery Collective, would be ramping up their social media presence in the lead up to October 18 – the date marking the day. 

In a video shared to Instagram, the royal revealed the collective, which she founded with Julia de Boinville in 2017, would be introducing their followers to key figures in the field of modern slavery on their Instagram account to raise awareness on human trafficking. 

Princess Eugenie has returned to her charitable duties this week, as she revealed in a video clip that her charitable organisation, the Anti-Slavery Collective, would be ramping up their social media presence in the lead up to October 18 - the date marking the International Day

Princess Eugenie has returned to her charitable duties this week, as she revealed in a video clip that her charitable organisation, the Anti-Slavery Collective, would be ramping up their social media presence in the lead up to October 18 – the date marking the International Day

Eugenie founded the Anti-Slavery Collective with Julia de Boinville in 2017, right, who appeared alongside her in the video announcement

Eugenie founded the Anti-Slavery Collective with Julia de Boinville in 2017, right, who appeared alongside her in the video announcement 

Dressed in a casual red hoodie reading ‘Anti-Slavery Collective,’ the mother of August Brooksbank looked relaxed as she and Julia addressed their followers. 

‘Hi everyone, today we are very excited to be kicking off the countdown to Anti-Slavery Day,’ she started. 

‘Anti-Slavery Day provides everyone with an opportunity to raise awareness of human trafficking and modern slavery; And to shine a light on the incredible people in this movement who are fighting towards ending modern slavery in all its forms,’ Julia explained. 

‘Today and up until the 18th of October, we are going to be introducing you to a group of individuals whose voices, work and advocacy we admire,’ Eugenie said. 

In a video shared to Instagram, the royal revealed the collective, which she founded with Julia de Boinville (pictured) in 2017, would be introducing their followers to key figures in the field of modern slavery on their Instagram account to raise awareness on human trafficking

In a video shared to Instagram, the royal revealed the collective, which she founded with Julia de Boinville (pictured) in 2017, would be introducing their followers to key figures in the field of modern slavery on their Instagram account to raise awareness on human trafficking

Dressed in a casual red hoodie reading'Anti-Slavery Collective,' the mother of August Brooksbank looked relaxed as she and Julia addressed their followers

Dressed in a casual red hoodie reading ‘Anti-Slavery Collective,’ the mother of August Brooksbank looked relaxed as she and Julia addressed their followers 

‘We’ve asked them to share with you who they are, why fighting modern slavery is important to them, and how you can get involved in the movement,’ Julia added. 

‘Keep an eye out for each one of these people on our Instagram. We hope you feel as inspired by them as we do,’ the mother-of-one concluded. 

Earlier this year, Princess Eugenie launched the first episode of her weekly podcast for the Anti-Slavery Collective, Floodlight 

The podcast was designed to promote her charity and featured the pair’s interviews with figures involved in the fight against modern slavery, including Dame Emma Thompson. 

The first guest was Caroline Haughey QC, who prosecuted the largest modern slavery trial case in the UK’s history.

Eugenie, 33, launched her own podcast with her best-friend and co-founder of the Anti-Slavery Collective, Julia de Boinville, right

Eugenie, 33, launched her own podcast with her best-friend and co-founder of the Anti-Slavery Collective, Julia de Boinville, right

The royal invited fans to listen to the podcast on all available platforms, revealing a new episode each Wednesday

The royal invited fans to listen to the podcast on all available platforms, revealing a new episode each Wednesday 

Writing on Instagram at the time, Eugenie proudly announced the Anti-Slavery Collective’s new venture.  

‘My charity, the Anti-Slavery Collective, is delighted to announce its new podcast, Floodlight,’ she wrote on the platform. 

‘Join me, and my co-founder, Julia de Boinville each week as we sit down with guests from all walks of life who are helping to combat modern slavery in a variety of ways.

‘From lawmakers and company leaders to famous activists, survivors and journalists, Floodlight shows you just how prominent modern slavery is and that we can all do something about it.’

Dame Emma Thompson appeared on the show to talk about her experience working with victims of sex trafficking. 

Caroline Haughey QC, who took part in Operation Fort and prosecuted the biggest modern-day slavery network ever exposed in UK, was also among the select guest list. 

The charity partnered with award-winning independent podcast network Stakpod to produce the episodes. 

Eugenie has been a fervent supporter of the charity’s mission to raise awareness about modern slavery in order to eradicate it and offer help to the 40 million people it affects around the world. 

Speaking on the podcast, Eugenie recalled first learning about the extent of modern slavery during a trip to Kolkata with Julia in 2012. 

During the visit the pair were introduced to ‘incredible young women’ who had been rescued from being trafficked and had been taught to print on fabrics, which they sold to gain their independence. 

‘They gave themselves independence and freedom and right to sort of live again and it meant suddenly, this is what the could do to be free’, she said. 

Julia, who admitted she had no idea modern slavery existed when they embarked o the trip aged 21, said the pair could ‘not unsee’ what they had seen in Kolkata, and began doing research into the subject. 

As they embarked on research in the UK, the pair were shown around a safehouse for women who had escaped modern slavery, something Eugenie called ‘so eye-opening’. 

‘It was our first experience of trafficking in England and we learned the fact there is someone being trafficked within a mile of where you live’, said Eugenie. 



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