The UK’s Princess Eugenie says she wants her son to be an environmentalist from the age of just two.
Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the 32-year-old daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, who is 11th in line for the British throne, said giving birth to her son, August, last year had totally changed her outlook on issues such as climate change.
Princess Eugenie gave birth to August Philip Hawke Brooksbank on 9 February 2021 and recently announced she is due to give birth to her second child this summer.
She said: ‘My son’s going to be an activist from two years’ old, which is in a couple of days. Everything is for them, right? Every decision we now make has to be about how August is going to be able to live his life.’
Princess Eugenie, also known as Mrs Jack Brooksbank married at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle in October 2018, a few months after Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex tied the knot there.
The British royal was voicing her concerns at Davos about the climate crisis with Reuters IMPACT and Arctic Humanity at Risk Basecamp, a non profit organisation that highlights the impact of climate change on the Arctic.
‘I talked to Peter Thomson, the UN Special Envoy for Oceans and all he says to me is that I do this for my grandchildren. And that’s the same,’ she said.
‘Every decision we now make has to be for whether August, what he’s going to be able to look at and do and how he’s going to live his life.
‘But I think also as a mother, you all of a sudden, totally you change, your hormones change, everything changes.
‘Like now I’m scared of flying and things like that and I would never be before.’
She said: ‘At home …we try to as much as possible to have no plastic and I’m trying to teach him that. But it’s a battle.’
Princess Eugenie as Climate Activist
The princess also warned of the impact of a changing environment on vulnerable communities, adding: ‘Modern slavery and human trafficking is a really big issue across the globe.
‘There are 49 million people estimated to be in slavery today and we know that when the climate is vulnerable, the most vulnerable people are affected by it.
‘And we’re going to see that more and more…each time there’s a crisis happening, that people are going to be vulnerable and taken into difficult situations.
‘So climate goes hand in hand with it really.’
It’s not the first time Eugenie has been vocal about the fight against plastic pollution. She made efforts for her wedding to be plastic-free, including offering water in recyclable aluminium cans.
The royal became an ambassador for the Blue Marine Foundation in 2021 which works to protect the ocean, and released a mini series last year discussing ocean conservation with leading ocean advocates.