Princess Eugenie has revealed she has “a couple of issues around food”, which she attributes to scrutiny over the years about her appearance.
Speaking on the Tables Manners podcast, which describes itself as being about “food, family, and the beautiful art of having a chat”, Eugenie opened up about her insecurities.
When asked by hosts Jessie and Lennie Ware about whether she was fed up with the constant scrutiny, she replied: “I think that definitely has caused a couple of issues around food, you know, for me, in terms of my relationship with that, or my relationship with having to look a certain way because it’s always like, ‘That was not a nice outfit’, or ‘She looked terrible there’.
“I guess everybody has that if you’re in the public eye. I guess within our family, it happens at that perfect age where you’re, you know, 13 years old and you’ve got that dorky bowl haircut and you’re a bit chubby and you know, all the boys are bullying you and all that kind of stuff.”
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The King’s niece now lives in Portugal with her husband and two children.
She continued: “This is why Portugal is the dream because I can go to the supermarket in my exercise gear and my hair piled on my head and not mind. Not care. No one cares.”
Eugenie – daughter of the Duke of York and Sarah Duchess of York – discussed having dinner with the late Queen Elizabeth II and her work around modern slavery during the episode of the podcast, which is due to be released on Wednesday.
The princess also discussed etiquette that was expected when eating with her grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.
She said the family used “table manners A” when together, including having no knees at the table and children eating spaghetti Bolognese.
Explaining further, she said: “I guess it’s just you’re not getting down from the table until you can get down from the table.
“Like, tea was at five. And it was only ever, like, 45 minutes so you can never get stir-crazy.
“And then we’d go running everywhere afterwards around the house like crazy people.”
Eugenie launched her own podcast called Floodlight last year, which highlights issues of modern slavery.
During the Table Manners episode, she answered questions about her own podcast.
The princess explained that she enjoys the more anonymous life that living in Portugal provides
The show, which she hosts alongside good pal Julia de Boinville, is now on its second season.
The pair also co-founded the Anti-Slavery Collective.
Asked about her decision to pursue the venture, Eugenie said she first learned about the wider scope of slavery on a visit to India aged 21.
She said: “It’s simple things like you know, being aware that someone could be enslaved at your local nail bar or in a carwash, or in construction and things like that.
“It’s not something in far-flung places that you might not go to. It can happen within a mile of where you live in the UK and around you.
“So it’s just about, where are your clothes from? Have you asked someone if they’re okay? If they don’t look happy? Or that kind of thing. And it’s about empathy and kindness as well.”
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