PRINCESS Eugenie appears to have taken a leaf out of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s book as the royal is launching her own podcast series this year. Eugenie, 31, revealed she would be launching her very own podcast series with her charity, The Anti-Slavery Collective, in the initiative’s monthly newsletter. Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson’s youngest daughter launched the charity in 2017 with her best friend, Julia de Boinville, whom she met at school and studied alongside at university.
In a digital presentation they delivered to their former school Marlborough College, the women describe the initiative as being an “independent collective whose mission it is to bring change-makers together to raise awareness for modern slavery as a global epidemic”.
On their website, the pair note that there are an estimated 40.3 million people in modern slavery around the world and that they aim to inspire change. In a joint message in their newsletter which shared highlights of their work from 2021, Eugenie and Julia shared their excitement for the upcoming project for the charity which is expected to be released later this year.
A photo showed the duo sitting on a cream sofa in front of a dark blue bookcase filled with novels and photographs.
Eugenie, wearing a long floaty black dress, appeared animated as she chatted with her close friend Julia, as the pair conversed with large microphones placed in front of them.
The image was accompanied by a caption reading: “We were so excited to begin recording our long-awaited podcast this year, due to be released in 2022 so stay tuned!” An official launch date for the podcast series is yet to be confirmed though.
The image was reposted by royal blogger Gert’s Royals, who claims the snap was taken at Eugenie’s home. The royal lives at Frogmore Cottage, a property on the Queen’s Windsor estate, with her husband Jack Brooksbank and her baby August who celebrates his first birthday on February 9.
August is Her Majesty The Queen’s ninth great-grandchild and was christened in a joint ceremony at the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor Great Park in November, with his second cousin Lucas Tindall, the third child of Zara and Mike.
Frogmore Cottage was converted into a family home for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex prior to their departure from the Royal Family. The announcement of Eugenie’s podcast comes as Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s £18million Spotify podcast deal came under scrutiny.
The Sussexes released the first episode of their Archewell Audio podcast in December 2020. In a statement announcing their partnership with Spotify, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said: “What we love about podcasting is that it reminds all of us to take a moment and to really listen, to connect to one another without distraction.
“With the challenges of 2020, there has never been a more important time to do so, because when we hear each other, and hear each other’s stories, we are reminded of how interconnected we all are.”
The couple’s 35-minute episode featured famous names including Sir Elton John and James Corden who discussed how they had dealt with the pandemic and their own hopes for the future.The couple’s eldest child Archie made a brief appearance too, as he wished listeners a ‘Happy New Year’, while his parents laughed good-naturedly.
Since then, Harry and Meghan haven’t produced another minute of content for their Archewell Audio series. Neither the couple nor Spotify has responded to questions about the future of the series or when or if a new instalment will be released.