Princess Eugenie shares her hopes for her son's future

Princess Eugenie says she wants son August to grow up in a world where he knows he can ‘have hope and make a big difference’ as she discusses her work for The Anti-Slavery Collective

  • Queen’s granddaughter, 30, appeared on CNBC’s Finding Solutions yesterday
  • Says it’s her wish that world son lives in will be a place where he can have ‘hope’
  • Also spoke about modern slavery, describing it as ‘very much a hidden crime’
  • Eugenie, currently living at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, gave birth last month 

Princess Eugenie has said she wants her baby son to grow up in a world where he knows he can ‘make a big difference’.

August Philip Hawke Brooksbank, the newest addition to the Royal Family, was born at the exclusive Portland Hospital in central London on February 9.

Speaking on CNBC’s Finding Solutions yesterday, Eugenie, 30, who wore a dark jumper and an embellished bejewelled hairband, said it is her wish that the world he lives in will be a place where he can have ‘hope’.

Asked by Tania Bryer about what kind of world she wants her child to grow up in and how she wants to inspire the next generation, Eugenie said: ‘I think my child, hopefully, will be one of those people who will continue to see the world as a place that can be changed.

Princess Eugenie has said she wants her baby son August (pictured together with husband Jack Brooksbank) to grow up in a world where he knows he can ‘make a big difference’

‘I would love people to continue to have hope that we can make a difference. I hope that the world will be a place where my child can have hope, and continue to know that they can make a big difference.’

Eugenie, who co-founded the Anti Slavery Collective, also spoke about modern slavery during the interview, describing it as ‘very much a hidden crime’.

She said: ‘It’s something that people might not be necessarily aware of. It’s something that people might not be necessarily aware of, it’s maybe in your nail bar, or at your car wash, or your clothes you’re wearing.

‘You know modern slavery is such a big term, but I think it can be cut down into different sort of headings, so like domestic servitude, or sex trafficking, or different terms like that.

Eugenie, who co-founded the Anti Slavery Collective, also spoke about modern slavery during the interview with CNBC’s Tania Bryer, describing it as ‘very much a hidden crime’.

‘And I think one of the positive things that’s facing modern slavery is that the pandemic has brought people together, to data share more, and to access each other more, and I think there is a lot of momentum now towards people working together, which is great.’

Explaining how the organisation came to pass, she explained: ‘We launched about three years ago now and it came because my best friend Jules and I went with my mum, actually who you know very well, to India back in 2011, and we met this amazing group of people called the Women’s Interlink Foundation.

‘We learned from them just the extent of what modern slavery is, this term that is used. 

‘And we kind of came back to England and we were like, right, we’re going to do something about this, let’s just become like secret spies and learn everything we can about the modern slavery world, and we took meetings with anyone who would possibly talk to us, and we created The Anti-Slavery Collective from that.’

Eugenie revealed last month that her son’s name is a touching tribute to Queen Victoria’s Husband Prince Albert, whose birth name was Franz Albert August Karl Emanuel, and Prince Philip, who is currently in hospital

The Queen’s granddaughter, who is 10th-in-line to the throne, is not a working royal and works at a London art gallery.

She does however represent a number of charities, including the Scoliosis Association – a condition she was born with.

Eugenie has been vocal about her experience, including showing off the scar from the surgery she underwent at the age of 12 to correct the condition on her wedding day. She often shares pictures on her social media showing the scars and encourages others to do the same. 

Posting images of her baby son last month, Eugenie said she and her husband Jack Brooksbank were ‘excited’ to introduce their first-born, as she described their hearts being ‘full of love for this little human’.

Eugenie and Jack, who is European brand director of Casamigos Tequila, co-founded by the actor George Clooney, wed in a glittering ceremony in the gothic surroundings of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in front of royal and celebrity guests in October 2018. 

Eugenie and Jack, who is European brand director of Casamigos Tequila, co-founded by the actor George Clooney, wed in a glittering ceremony in the gothic surroundings of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in front of royal and celebrity guests in October 2018

The couple are believed to be currently living at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, having been loaned the home by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – who have given a tell-all interview to Oprah Winfrey which airs in the US on Sunday.

Yesterday a royal insider claimed Eugenie is the ‘only member’ of the Royal Family to whom Meghan Markle is still close. The pair reportedly maintain a close relationship despite the Sussexes’ decision to step back as senior royals – and have bonded over their recent pregnancy joy.

Meghan, who welcomed Archie Harrison, in May 2019, announced she was pregnant with her second child around the same time Eugenie gave birth.

The close friendship may not come as a surprise because according to Finding Freedom authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, Prince Harry and Princess Eugenie had always had a strong bond.

The authors wrote: ‘Out of all the queen’s grandchildren, Princess Eugenie and Prince Harry have one of the most natural connections. Like Harry, Eugenie is loyal, honest and great fun.

‘The two had many nights out together in London, sneaking into back entrances of clubs, such as Mahiki, where Jack once was manager, or Tonteria, where in one of the VIP cave areas they downed shots from Mexican skull shaped glasses and a giant frozen margarita (with multiple straws).’

The authors went on to say that the ‘strong relationship between their mothers brought them together’.

‘Like Harry, Eugenie also struggled to carve out her own identity growing up,’ the claimed. ‘Not being a senior royal meant that she had to go out into the world and find her own path, which she had done.’

Meanwhile, they also detailed how Prince Harry even confided in his cousin early on in his relationship with Meghan. The authors wrote: ‘Harry had always confided in his cousin when it came to the women in his life. Not only did he trust her implicitly, but friends said that she gives great advice and has always been “beyond wise” for her years. It’s not surprising then that Eugenie was one of the first in the family to know about his relationship with Meghan.’

They revealed how Princess Eugenie was ‘nothing but encouraging about his new relationship’. According to Omid and Carolyn, Prince Harry and Meghan went on several double dates with the couple.’

Eugenie revealed last month that her son’s name is a touching tribute to Queen Victoria’s Husband Prince Albert, whose birth name was Franz Albert August Karl Emanuel, and Prince Philip, who is currently in hospital.

She wrote on Instagram: ‘On his grandfather’s birthday weekend, thinking of my grandfather, we are introducing our little boy. He is named after his great grandfather and both of his 5x great grandfathers.’ 

It came days after a source told People magazine that Eugenie is ‘doing really well’ after giving birth to her baby boy ‘via C-section due to her previous spinal surgery for scoliosis’.

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