Princess Eugenie says she hopes her child will make 'a big difference' in the world

Rebecca Taylor
·Royal Correspondent
·3-min read

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Princess Eugenie revealed her hopes for her future child before her son was born, saying she hopes he will make a difference in the world.

Eugenie, 30, gave birth to her first son on 9 February, announcing his name as August Philip Hawke Brooksbank, with a message to followers that she and her husband were "full of love" for him.

But before she became a mum, she shared her hopes for her little one in an interview that explored her work with the Anti-Slavery Collective.

The interview is part of an upcoming episode of CNBC’s Finding Solutions with Tania Bryer, and is set to air on Wednesday night.

Asked about what kind of world she wanted her child to grow up in, Eugenie told Bryer: "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. 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 gave the interview before she gave birth to her son in February. (CNBC)
Eugenie gave the interview before she gave birth to her son in February. (CNBC)

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Eugenie spoke to Bryer about setting up the collective and her concerns of modern slavery in the UK.

She told CNBC: "We launched about three years ago now and it came because my best friend Jules and I went with my mum 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."

Speaking about the challenges in tackling modern slavery, she said: "The fact that it's very much a hidden crime, 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.

"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."

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Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank with their son August Philip Hawke Brooksbank. (Buckingham Palace)

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She also referenced the lockdown, saying it meant people were "at home with their traffickers".

Eugenie is not a working royal, and doesn't carry out any formal duties, but does work with charities as a princess, while running the collective.

She also has a job in the art world. Her husband works for Casamigas Tequila.

The couple are understood to have moved into Frogmore Cottage with their newborn baby, having struck up a rental agreement with the cottage's owners – Prince Harry and Meghan.

The Windsor home is close to the Royal Lodge, where Eugenie's parents Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson live.

CNBC’s Finding Solutions will premiere on CNBC International on Wednesday at 10pm GMT, and is being repeated at 10pm on Friday.

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