Princess Eugenie has revealed how becoming a mother changed her – including fueling her passion for tackling climate change and giving her a fear of flying.
Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Eugenie, 32, discussed how she changed her behavior at home (eg, not using plastic) to educate her son, August, about the importance of protecting the environment.
The Duke of York’s daughter shared that being a mother made her more concerned about communities vulnerable to climate change in a discussion with Reuters IMPACT and Arctic Humanity at Risk Basecamp, a non-profit organization to highlight the impact of climate change on society. North Pole.
Speaking with Reuters Editor-at-Large Axel Threlfall and Arctic Humanity founder Gail Whiteman, Eugenie said, “My son will be an activist in two years, so in two days. So, he is, it’s all theirs.”
I’ve spoken to Peter Thompson, the United Nations Special Envoy for the Oceans and all he tells me is I’m doing it for my grandkids. And that’s the same thing.
Every decision we make now must be about whether he is an Augustus, what he will be able to look at and do, and how he will live his life.
“But I also think as a mom, all of a sudden you completely change, your hormones change, everything changes.
“Like now I’m afraid of flying and things like that and I never would have been.”
Princess Eugenie has said her one-year-old son, August, is a focus of her climate change activism (pictured with her son at the late Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee in June 2022)
In an interview with Reuters IMPACT and Arctic Humanity at Risk Basecamp, Eugenie said teaching her son about the environment is a “fight”.
Prince Andrew’s youngest daughter has said she looks at the world differently since becoming a mother, and her concerns about climate change have affected the way she lives.
She revealed: ‘At home we don’t have plastic, we try as much as possible to have no plastic and I’m trying to teach him that. But it’s a battle.
But the princess also spoke of her hope for the future of the environment, saying: “I like being ‘a glass half full’.”
She added, “I’d rather it be like this, but sometimes facts and figures and sometimes having dinner gives you that kind of frustration and doom and gloom.”
The Duke of York’s daughter (pictured at the 2022 UN Oceans Conference) spoke out about plastic pollution
She also warned about the impact of climate change on vulnerable communities in the interview during the World Economic Forum in Davos
She also warned of the impact of the changing environment on vulnerable communities, adding: “Modern slavery and human trafficking is truly a huge problem all over the world.
There are an estimated 49 million people in slavery today and we know that when the climate is poor, the most vulnerable people are affected by it.
“And we will see that more and more, you know, every time there is a crisis, people will be vulnerable and they will be taken into difficult situations.
“So the climate really goes along with that.”
Eugenie has been vocal about fighting plastic pollution and tried to make her wedding to Jack Brooksbank in 2018 as plastic-free as possible, including serving guests water in recyclable aluminum cans.
The Princess released a mini-series last year discussing ocean conservation (pictured visiting a regenerative ocean farm in Wales)
She explained to the Daily Mail: ‘Like many people, I am saddened by the images of wild creatures on beaches, which I have seen suffocated or entangled in plastic, and ended their lives with our casual use and disposal of plastic.
I know that many people feel the same hatred for unintentional harm to the most precious and beautiful things in the natural world.
I’ve always loved being in nature. My parents instilled in me a love of wild places and a respect for animals and the natural world.
The prince was named an ambassador for the Blue Marine Foundation in 2021 and released a mini-series last year discussing ocean conservation with leading ocean advocates.
In the latest episode, Eugenie interviews her “dear friend”, singer Ellie Goulding, who tells the princess: “She’s way beyond being an environmental warrior now, she’s way beyond being someone who loves nature a bit, or likes being near the sea.” I think it’s really important to stress that we all have a role to play in this.
Princess Eugenie’s appearance in Davos came after her cousin Prince Harry, with whom she was very close, released his surprise memoir Spur. She was also the only major royal character to appear in Duke’s Netflix series, Harry & Meghan.
In the first episode of the Netflix series, the royal is seen partying alongside Prince Harry and Meghan Markle the night before their romance was announced in 2017.
Eugenie was reportedly among the first to learn about Prince Harry’s relationship with Meghan, who she already knew through their mutual friend Misha Nonoo.
Jason Knauf who informs him that news of his new relationship has hit the press.
“Well, if it comes out tomorrow, let’s go have fun tonight!” Megan recalled.
Added Harry, “We went to this Halloween party together, where we could be fully dressed and no one would know.” I had a bandana and goggles on.
Sharing photos from their night out, Meghan said: ‘His cousin Eugenie and her boyfriend at the time Jack and my friend Marcus were there too. It was very cool. Just silly fun.