Princess Eugenie has revealed how much becoming a mother has changed her, including fueling her passion for tackling climate change and making her afraid to fly.
Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Eugenie, 32, explained how she changed her behavior at home (eg not using plastic) to educate her son, August, about the importance of protecting the environment. ‘environment.
The Duke of York’s daughter shared that becoming a mother has made her more concerned about communities vulnerable to climate change during a discussion with Reuters IMPACT and Arctic Humanity at Risk Basecamp, a non-profit organization to highlight the impact of climate change on the Arctic.
Speaking to Reuters editor Axel Threlfall and Arctic Humanity founder Gail Whiteman, Eugenie said: “My son is going to be an activist from the age of two, which is a few days away.” So, him, everything is for them.
“I spoke to Peter Thomson, the United Nations special envoy for the oceans and all he told me was that I’m doing this for my grandchildren. And it’s the same.
“Every decision we make now has to be for August, what he’s going to be able to watch and do and how he’s going to live his life.
“But I also think that as a mother you suddenly change, totally, your hormones change, everything changes.
“Like now I’m scared of flying and things like that and I never would have been before.”
Princess Eugenie said her one-year-old son August was at the center 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 educating her son about the environment was a “battle”.
Prince Andrew’s youngest daughter said she has seen 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 to be plastic free as much as possible and I try to teach her that. But it is a battle.
But the princess also spoke of her hope for the future of the environment, saying: ‘I love being ‘the glass half full’.”
She added: “I would rather be like that, but sometimes facts and figures and sometimes dinner parties give you that kind of feeling of frustration and unhappiness.”
The Duke of York’s daughter (pictured at the 2022 UN Ocean Conference) has spoken out on plastic pollution
She also warned of the impact of climate change on vulnerable communities in the interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos
She also warned of the impact of a changing environment on vulnerable communities, adding: “Modern slavery and human trafficking is a very big problem across the world.
‘There are an estimated 49 million people in slavery today and we know that when the climate is vulnerable, the most vulnerable people are affected.
“And we’re going to see more and more, you know, whenever there’s a crisis, people are going to be vulnerable and caught up in difficult situations.
“So the climate really goes with that.”
Eugenie spoke about the fight against plastic pollution and tried to make her wedding to Jack Brooksbank in 2018 as plastic-free as possible, including offering guests water in recyclable aluminum cans.
The Princess released a miniseries last year about 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, who I have seen photographed strangled or entangled in plastic, and whose lives have ended by our occasional use and our rejection of plastic.
“I know so many people feel the same aversion to inadvertently harming the most precious and beautiful things in the natural world.
“I have always loved being in nature. My parents instilled in me a love of wild places and a respect for animals and nature.’
The royal was named an ambassador for the Blue Marine Foundation in 2021 and last year released a mini-series on ocean conservation with leading ocean advocates.
In the latest episode, Eugenie interviewed her ‘dear friend’, singer Ellie Goulding, who told the Princess: ‘It’s way beyond being an eco-warrior now, it’s way beyond to be someone who loves nature a bit, or who loves being by the sea, I think it’s really important to point out that we all have to play a part in that.
Princess Eugenie’s appearance at Davos came after her cousin Prince Harry, with whom she is very close, published his explosive memoir Spare. She was also the only senior royal to make an appearance on 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 went public in 2017.
Eugenie was reportedly among the first to know of Prince Harry’s relationship with Meghan, whom she already knew through their mutual friend Misha Nonoo.
Jason Knauf who informed him that news of his new relationship had reached the press.
Megan recalled, “Well, if it’s coming out tomorrow, let’s go and have fun tonight!”
Harry added: “We went to this Halloween party together, where we could be fully dressed and no one would know.” I had a bandana and glasses.
Sharing photos from their night out, Meghan said: “Her cousin Eugenie and her then boyfriend Jack and my friend Marcus were also there. It was so awesome. Just stupid fun.