Princess Eugenie launches modern slavery podcast weeks after Prince Andrew settles sex abuse claim

Princess Eugenie and Julia de Boinville's podcast will feature a weekly interview focusing on different elements of human trafficking
Princess Eugenie and Julia de Boinville’s podcast will feature a weekly interview focusing on different elements of human trafficking

Princess Eugenie has launched a podcast about modern slavery just weeks after her father made a substantial donation to a sex trafficking charity as part of an out-of-court settlement with his accuser.

The series was announced in 2019 but quietly shelved as pressure continued to grow on the Duke of York concerning his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted sex offender accused of trafficking teenage girls around the world.

The Duke was later sued by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who claimed she was trafficked to the UK and forced to have sex with him against her will. She claimed she was abused or raped by the Duke on three separate occasions in 2001, when she was 17.

He denied the claims but settled out of court in February to avoid the damaging prospect of a high-profile civil trial, scheduled for this autumn. He did not admit liability but is understood to have paid Ms Giuffre around £10 million and donated around £2 million to her trafficking charity, vowing to “fight against the evils of sex trafficking” and to support its victims.

The case coincided with the prosecution of his friend, Ghislaine Maxwell, who in December was convicted of sex trafficking.

Prince Andrew and Princess Eugenie in 2016 - Getty Images
Prince Andrew and Princess Eugenie in 2016 – Getty Images

Princess Eugenie, 32, is understood to have been deeply affected by the allegations, which resulted in her father, who she calls “pups”, being effectively exiled as a working member of the Royal family, stripped of his military titles and banned from using his HRH title.

She became passionate about the anti-slavery movement after visiting India in 2012, where she met trafficked women in Kolkata, and in 2017 co-founded The Anti-Slavery Collective with Julia de Boinville, her old school friend.

Their podcast, called Floodlight, comprises 10 episodes, each featuring a weekly interview focusing on different elements of human trafficking.

Guests include Dame Emma Thompson, chair of the Helen Bamber Foundation, which works with the survivors of extreme trauma; Nick Beighton, the former chief executive of ASOS, who campaigns to eradicate the fashion industry’s supply chains of forced labour; and Det Chief Insp Nick Dale, senior investigating officer for Operation Fort, the UK’s largest modern slavery investigation.

The Princess said she hoped to raise awareness about modern slavery and trafficking, explaining that it was “ultimately vulnerable people that are being treated as commodities”.

‘One of the fast growing forms of global crime’

She said it was a $150 billion industry, second only to the arms trade as the fastest growing form of international crime, and that she hoped to help people “spot the signs of modern slavery in our own life”.

“Once we understand how slavery connects to our lives, we start realising that is actually the clothes we wear, it’s in the food we eat, the items we buy and the services we purchase,” she added.

Princess Eugenie - Getty Images
Princess Eugenie – Getty Images

She told listeners: “We don’t want to reinvent the wheel. We want this charity to be something where we tell people about our mission, but we want other charities to gain recognition.

“You can look at what you’re doing in your life and try and pay it forward, help that person that you think might be in trouble or not, or just make good decisions.”

The podcast’s first guest was Caroline Haughey QC who successfully prosecuted the first child sex exploitation and child labour case under the Modern Slavery Act, which she helped to draft.

Ms Haughey spoke about the various cases she had worked on and how she had helped draft the Modern Slavery Act with the support of Baroness Butler-Sloss.

She urged people to “consume considerately” by thinking about where their purchases come from and whether they are really needed.

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