Princess Eugenie echoes Meghan Markle with poignant engagement close to her heart

Princess Eugenie

Princess Eugenie visits the Bramber Bakehouse

Instagram / The Anti Slavery Collective
Dorothy Reddin

By Dorothy Reddin

Published: 26/09/2023

- 14:54

Updated: 26/09/2023

- 14:56

The Princess of York stepped out in East Sussex this week

Princess Eugenie drew parallels with Meghan Markle when she visited a community kitchen this week, something the Duchess of Sussex frequently did as a working royal.

The Princess of York and her friend Julia de Boinville co-founded the Anti-Slavery Collective in 2017, and they visited the Bramber Bakehouse in East Sussex together on Monday.

The Anti-Slavery Collective wrote on Instagram: "An award-winning charity and valued partner supporting women who’ve experienced abuse, exploitation or displacement with the confidence, skills and knowledge for a positive future.⁠

"The Bramber Bakehouse supports female survivors of human trafficking and modern slavery.

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"The programme is designed to give women the confidence, knowledge and skills for a positive future.⁠

"Globally one in three women have experienced gender-based violence in their lifetime, and women and girls represent 65 percent of all trafficked victims worldwide.⁠

"Bramber Bakehouse breaks cycles of poverty, violence and disadvantage once and for all.⁠"

Eugenie's visit is reminiscent of the Duchess of Sussex's appearance at the Grenfell community kitchen in 2018.

Meghan Markle

Meghan grew close to survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire


Meghan Markle

Meghan launched the Together cookbook with the Grenfell survivors


Meghan, 42, became involved with The Hubb Community Kitchen in North Kensington a year after the Grenfell Tower fire where 72 people died.

Eugenie's return to charity work after taking maternity leave has evoked memories of Prince Harry's wife as a working royal.

The Duchess opened up about her experiences working with The Hubb Community Kitchen in her Netflix docuseries Harry & Meghan. She said: "I just loved these women so much."

The day of Meghan's first public engagement with the late Queen in Chester fell on the same day as the one-year anniversary of the fire.

Meghan Markle

The Duchess launched the cookbook in 2018


Meghan Markle

Meghan at The Hubb Community Kitchen in North Kensington


The Duchess and the late monarch took part in 72 seconds of silence - one for every life lost.

Meghan added: "It was really important to me because I had become so close to so many of the women who had survived that, even though no one knew that at the time.

"The Grenfell fire left so many families displaced, outside of how many deaths it caused. I remember saying 'Can we do something? We need to go down there and do something'.

"And so I connected with the women at Al-Manaar which is a mosque in Grenfell. They were living in these hotels and just given meal vouchers for fast food."

Princess Eugenie

Princess Eugenie founded The Anti Slavery Collective with Julia de Boinville


The Duchess spoke about how she would visit the community kitchen and help cook meals, which eventually led to the Together cookbook being launched - a series of recipes written by survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire.

Princess Eugenie is now performing the same type of engagement as Meghan by visiting the Bramber Bakehouse.

This organisation provides therapeutic baking sessions and teaches people transferrable skills that will help them rebuild their lives.

The 33-year-old has announced the second series of her podcast Floodlight will air next month, which promotes the work of her charity, the Anti-Slavery Collective.

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