Eugenie inspired by Meghan to use baking to promote charity close to heart

This week Princess Eugenie was spotted at a charity baking event in support of her crusade against modern slavery, taking inspiration from Meghan Markle's charitable efforts across the pond.

Eugenie co-founded the Anti-Slavery Collective back in 2017 with Julia de Boinville, a friend who the Princess met in school and went to Newcastle University with.

This week's event aimed to empower female survivors of modern slavery, reports the Express.

The charity posted on Twitter on Wednesday: “Earlier this week our co-founders, HRH Princess Eugenie, and Julia de Boinville were delighted to visit @bramberbake where they took part in a baking class with survivors of #modernslavery.

“The @bramberbake programme sees up to 10 women join for 8 weekly sessions. From the first day to graduation, they learn fundamental baking skills and take part in sessions that support and empower them to achieve their aspirations.”

An accompanying photo showed the pair mixing ingredients and wearing aprons as they baked. Another showed the co-founders at the end of a boardroom-style table, listening intently to another woman speaking.

Eugenie and Julia describe on their website why they decided to set up their charity.

It reads: “In 2012, we went on a trip to Kolkata, India.

“Here, we visited an organisation called Women’s Interlink Foundation and first became aware of modern slavery.

“We were shocked to discover the extent to which slavery still exists.

“In fact, there are more enslaved people today than at any other point in history and, at any one time, someone is being trafficked within a mile of where you live.”

After investigating the issue further and talking to everyone from “policymakers, law enforcement agencies and academics, to NGOs, social workers, and survivors,” they were told that raising awareness was a powerful tool.

Therefore, “this became our mission,” they declare.

However, Eugenie isn't the only royal to have donned an apron for a charitable cause.

Earlier this year, the Duchess of Sussex threw herself into a baking effort to celebrate Women’s History Month, baking a cake with lemons made from her own garden.

The Sussexes' Archewell Foundation had partnered with World Central Kitchen to raise money for women in Chicago.

Meghan also had a hand in producing a charity cookbook, Together: Our Community Cookbook, which foregrounded recipes submitted by women impacted by the Grenfell fire disaster.

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