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Eugenie starts a podcast to raise awareness of modern slavery

Princess Eugenie has started a weekly podcast for her charity, The Anti-Slavery Collective, calling on people to become “mini-abolitionists” to eradicate modern slavery.

The Queen’s granddaughter and the Duke of York’s daughter presented Floodlight along with best friend Julia de Boinville, the organization’s co-founder, to raise awareness of slavery and human trafficking.

The princess, who founded her charity in 2017, said of her goals in Wednesday’s first episode: “I also think just showing people that they can be mini-abolitionists.

“You can look at what you are doing in your life and try to pass it on and help the person who you think is in trouble or not, or just make good choices.

“I think the collective, we always inspire each other to do the same thing.

“Once we understand how slavery relates to our lives, we begin to see that it is actually the clothes we wear. It’s in the food we eat. It’s in the items we buy and the services we buy.”

Ms de Boinville said: “This is such an important message. No matter who you are, everyone can contribute and everyone can make a difference and hopefully this podcast series will inspire people to do that.”

The couple highlighted the Modern Slavery Footprint website, which shows how lifestyle choices are linked to slavery.

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Princess Eugenie visited an exhibition of modern slavery survivors last year (James Manning/PA)

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They spoke about their first encounter with modern slavery during a visit to India in 2012, which inspired them to start researching the problem and prompted them to meet with charities and be taken to a safe house in the UK too to hear about the victims’ experiences.

“We learned of the fact that someone is being trafficked within a mile of where you live,” Eugenie said.

The royal family has faced calls for apologies and repeated calls for historical slavery redress from activists in the Caribbean in recent months.

A group of about 10 protesters displayed banners reading ‘Return with Reparations’ and ‘Queen say sorry’ during the tour of the Earl and Countess of Wessex in St Lucia on Wednesday.

Successive monarchs supported or earned the transport and sale of people for profit in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Eugenie and Ms de Boinville interviewed criminal lawyer Caroline Haughey QC, who helped draft the Modern Slavery Act and is a trustee of the collective, and discussed sex trafficking.

Ms Haughey outlined a harrowing case in which a young woman aged 18 was trafficked, exploited for sex in a brothel, locked in a room for six months and repeatedly raped.

The Princess’ father, Andrew, resigned from public office in 2019 over his friendship with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, who killed himself while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.

Andrew paid millions out of court to Virginia Giuffre, who accused him of sexual assault, which he denied when she was 17 and trafficked by Epstein.

Eugenie isn’t the only royal podcaster.

The Duchess of Sussex is releasing her first for Spotify this summer, called Archetypes, which explores female stereotypes.

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