The Princess, who founded The Anti-Slavery Collection to help fight modern slavery, was joined by US Ambassador John Cotton Richmond. Eugenie was given a tour of Westminster Abbey, which was the location of the wedding of Will and Kate in 2011. During the tour, they viewed a statue of William Wilberforce, a British politician who famously fought for the abolition of the slave trade in the late 1700s, according to People. After speaking during the NEXUS Meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City last summer, the royal chose a quote from Wilberforce while reflecting about the event on Instagram: “You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.”
The movement has long been an important cause for the royal, who first became passionate about it after visiting Women’s Interlink during a 2013 trip to India with her mother, Sarah, the Duchess of York.
Following her visit to the charity – which helps vulnerable women find employment opportunities – Eugenie became involved with several different organisations before starting her own initiative with her best friend Julia.
On their official website, Eugenie and Julia, or Jules as she is known, explained: “We met on the bus going on a school trip and we knew that this was just the beginning of a life-long adventure and friendship!
“After following each other around the world, then to Newcastle University, and into our careers; in 2012 we went on a trip to Kolkata, India.”
The best friends “were shocked to discover the extent to which slavery still exists,” which has led them to campaign for the end of human trafficking.
The Queen’s granddaughter, wore a £460 green semi-sheer dress by Alice & Olivia.
She first wore it back in November 2017 to a star-studded book launch at the House of Lords, before showing it off again at the wedding of Prince Christian of Hanover and designer bride Alessandra de Osma in March 2018.
This royal visit came hours after Harry and Meghan declared the name of their new charity, “Sussex Royal”.
Meghan, 37, and Harry, 34, recently separated from Kate and William’s Royal Foundation. They have now headhunted its director Natalie Campbell.
Their new foundation’s first big push will be an initiative to protect lions in Africa.
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