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Princess Eugenie announces new podcast focused on anti-slavery

Princess Eugenie has announced the launch of her anti-slavery charity’s new podcast, Floodlight alongside her friend, Julia de Boinville.

The announcement was made on Instagram where Eugenie revealed there will be weekly conversations on how to combat modern slavery in a variety of ways. This includes speaking with lawmakers, company leaders, famous activists, survivors, and journalists.

The Princess previously announced an upcoming podcast series back in January describing the endeavour at the time as “long-awaited.” The first episode features Caroline Haughey OBE, a criminal barrister, and Queen’s Counsel. Haughey is widely regarded as one of the leading experts on modern slavery in the UK.

Haughey prosecuted the first modern slavery case in the UK and helped to draft the Modern Slavery Act 2015. The Act makes a provision about slavery or forced labour including the provision on how to protect victims. During the podcast, Haughey spoke on her involvement in Operation Fort. Operation Fort is an effort led by West Midlands Police that helped uncover the UK’s largest-ever modern slavery network.

Eugenie and Boinville said they first became aware of modern slavery during a 2012 trip to an organisation called Women’s Interlink Foundation in Kolkata, India. Eugenie then co-founded the Anti-Slavery Collective back in 2017 alongside Boinville.

The podcast reveal comes as the royal family faces calls for slavery reparations in the Caribbean. It’s been raised during visits by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Earl and Countess of Wessex in honour of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

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My name is Sydney Zatz and I am a University of Iowa graduate. I graduated with a degree in journalism and sports studies, and a minor in sport and recreation management. A highlight of my college career was getting the chance to study abroad in London and experiencing royal history firsthand. I have a passion for royals, royal history, and journalism, which led me to want to write for Royal Central.