Princess Eugenie has launched a new podcast as part of her charity The Anti-Slavery Collective, entitled ‘Floodlight’. She is the latest Royal to have set up a podcast, following in the footsteps of Mike Tindall.
The mother-of-one is an advocate for tackling human trafficking and co-founded the Anti-Slavery Collective with Julia de Boinville.
The podcast will feature the pair’s interviews with figures involved in the fight against modern slavery, including Dame Emma Thompson. It will also champion the work her charity does to tackle modern slavery.
Eugenie announced the podcast on her Instagram platform and wrote: “My charity, the Anti-Slavery Collective, is delighted to announce its new podcast, Floodlight. 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.”
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The first guest on the new podcast was Caroline Haughey QC, a barrister who helped draft the Modern Slavery Act and led prosecution of the largest case of modern slavery ever to be tried in the UK.
On the first episode, Eugenie remembered when she first learnt about the extent of modern slavery during a trip to Kolkata with Julia in 2012.
She notes 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.
Eugenie continued to say how ’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’.
Julia, admitted she had no idea modern slavery existed when they embarked on the trip and said they could ‘not unsee’ what they had seen in Kolkata, and began doing research into the subject.
As they carried out 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.
The charity has partnered with award-winning independent podcast network Stakpod to produce the episodes.
The Princess and Julia launched the The Anti-Slavery Collective in 2018 at the Change Makers Summit. The initiative acts as an ‘independent collective whose mission is to bring change-makers together to raise awareness for modern slavery as a global epidemic’.
The pair are long-term friends after first meeting when they were both at school.