Princess Eugenie opens up on personal 'battle' as she seeks to make household changes to teach son a lesson

The royal and husband Jack Brooksbank have no plastic in the house

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Princess Eugenie has spoken about her personal “battle” as a mother during an appearance at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

The royal said that the birth of her son August in February 2021 had changed her, and each decision she took now was with his future in mind.

Eugenie said her and husband Jack Brooksbank have no plastic in the house.

Princess Eugenie speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos
Princess Eugenie speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos

Speaking as part of the Reuters Impact Arctic Warning series at WEF, the princess admitted her decision to remove plastic from the house has been a challenge for the family.

“My son's going be like an activist from two years old, which is in a couple of days.

“Everything is for them, right? I talked to Peter Thompson, the UN Special Envoy for oceans, and all he says to me is that ‘I do this with my grandchildren,’ and that's the same.

“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. But like now I'm scared of flying and things like that. I would never be before. It's the same with how you view the world.

“I think now all I think about is what happens to rising sea levels and the communities that are on the beaches, who depend solely on the sea, as well as what August can do about it in the future. You know what his education will be.

“At home we have no plastic and we're trying to, as much as possible, have no plastic. I'm trying to teach him that, but you know, it is a battle.”

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank arriving for the 'Together at Christmas' Carol Service at Westminster Abbey in London. Picture date: Thursday December 15, 2022.
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank arriving for the 'Together at Christmas' Carol Service at Westminster Abbey in London. Picture date: Thursday December 15, 2022.

Princess Eugenie said that she remained optimistic about the climate crisis despite "doom and gloom" amid growing awareness of the issue

During the interview, the princess linked climate change to modern slavery and human trafficking, adding that around 49 million people were estimated to be victims of modern slavery today.

Eugenie is the younger daughter of Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson. She is 11th in line to the British throne.