Princess Eugenie has followed in the footsteps of her cousin Prince Harry as she announced she is launching a podcast for her anti-slavery charity.
The Queen’s granddaughter, 33, who founded The Anti-Slavery Collective charity foundation with her close friend Julia de Boinville, shared a snap as the pair recorded an episode from her home Frogmore Cottage.
Royal fan account Gert’s Royals tweeted: ‘Princess Eugenie & Jules reveal they are recording a podcast for The Anti-slavery Collective @TASC_org, a charity they co-founded to end human trafficking. Recording started in 2021 at Eugenie’s home, and will be released later this year.’
The announcement comes as Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s £18million Spotify podcast deal came under scrutiny – after their expected 2021 Archewell series remained missing in action with the streaming giant refusing to say if and when it will air.
Princess Eugenie, 33, has followed in the footsteps of her cousin Prince Harry as she announced she is launching a podcast for her anti-slavery charity
Royal fan account Gert’s Royals shared the news that Eugenie has been recording podcast episodes at her home of Frogmore Cottage
In a snap shared online, Eugenie can be seen relaxing on a cream sofa in her home, behind which is a blue built-in bookcase.
The royal appeared animatedly as she chatted with her close friend Julia, with both women speaking into microphones attached to a small table.
Eugenie is not the first royal to embark on a podcast series, with Harry and Meghan inking a lucrative contract with Spotify in 2020.
However the couple have only produced 35 minutes of content for their Archewell Audio channel, which was put together with Spotify’s Gimlet Studios.
The Queen’s granddaughter founded The Anti-Slavery Collective charity foundation with her close friend Julia de Boinville (pictured together)
Neither they nor Spotify have responded to questions about the future of the aural endeavor.
But – unlike the rest of its shows – Archewell Audio is notable by its absence on Gimlet’s website.
And Spotify’s press release of December last year now looks to be completely off the mark.
It had trilled: ‘Archewell Audio will leverage Spotify’s global reach—with 144 million Premium subscribers and 320 million monthly active users—to spotlight powerful and diverse voices and perspectives.
‘Archewell Audio and Spotify’s Gimlet studio will release their first offering; a holiday special hosted by The Duke and Duchess that will feature stories of hope and compassion from inspirational guests in celebration of the new year. In 2021, The Duke and Duchess will produce and host podcasts that build community through shared experiences and values.
Eugenie is not the first royal to embark on a podcast series, with Harry and Meghan inking a lucrative contract with Spotify in 2020 – however the couple have only produced 35 minutes of content for their Archewell Audio channel
‘The first complete series from Archewell Audio and Spotify is expected next year and will be available to stream for free on Spotify.’
It remains unclear when the couple will release their podcast.
Eugenie’s latest news comes amid a difficult period for the royal family, as it was announced her father Prince Andrew has had his titles stripped away.
The prince was said to have hosted a shooting party for about 12 friends and relatives on Friday – a day after the monarch’s decision to remove the titles.
The shooting party was understood to have been a Christmas present from the Queen to Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack, who invited along family friends.
‘It seems quite brazen of Andrew to host a party and let his family go shooting with all the controversy raging,’ a source told the Sun on Sunday.
Eugenie’s latest news comes amid a difficult period for the royal family, as it was announced her father Prince Andrew has had his titles stripped away
Buckingham Palace announced the Queen’s decision to cast Andrew out of the royal fold in a statement on Thursday
The Palace said previously that the Duke’s military appointments were in abeyance after he stepped down from public duties in 2019.
But, up until a few days ago, he still retained the roles, including the position of Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, one of the oldest and most emblematic regiments in the British Army.
Andrew’s stunning downfall, which also saw him stripped of his royal patronages ‘with the Queen’s approval and agreement’ last Thursday, comes as his family abandoned him to fight his sex abuse lawsuit in America as a private citizen.
A US judge unequivocally rejected the prince’s bid to have his sex abuse case thrown out, leaving him facing the prospect of being cross-examined for seven hours on camera with embarrassing questions on everything from his sex life and ‘private parts’.
The Duke has been urged to settle out of court with his accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre ‘for the sake of his mother’, who celebrates her Platinum Jubilee this year.
But he could face difficulties given Ms Giuffre is said to be pushing for ‘her day in court’.