Princess Eugenie's phobia since becoming a mother - 'all of a sudden, you totally change'

Princess Eugenie's phobia revealed as the royal admits that her fear only developed after welcoming her baby son August into the world

Princess Eugenie attends a National Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II
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Princess Eugenie's phobia of flying developed after she became a mother and she reveals that it's not only this fear that plagues her when she looks to her son's future.


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The Princess' parenthood journey began on February 9, 2021 when she and her husband Jack Brooksbank welcomed their bouncing baby boy August into the world. As one of the late Queen’s grandchildren, Eugenie was born into privilege and is using the platform this has provided her to draw attention to the climate crisis.

In a discussion with Reuters IMPACT and Arctic Humanity at Risk Basecamp, which is a non-profit organisation highlighting how climate change is impacting the Arctic, Princess Eugenie opened up about the impact motherhood has had on her work.

Speaking Arctic Humanity founder Gail Whiteman and Reuters editor-at-large Axel Threlfall the Princess said proudly, "My son's going to be an activist from two years old, which is in a couple of days. So, he, everything is for them. I talked to Peter Thomson, the UN Special Envoy for Oceans and all he says to me is that 'I do this for my grandchildren.' And that's the same."

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank with August Philip Hawke Brooksbank attend the Platinum Pageant on The Mall on June 5, 2022 in London, England. The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II is being celebrated from June 2 to June 5, 2022, in the UK and Commonwealth to mark the 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II on 6 February 1952.

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The 32-year-old mum explained further that every single choice she makes has to be for her baby boy, "what he's going to be able to look at and do and how he's going to live his life."

This isn't the only transformation she's endured, said the royal. "But I think also as a mother, you all of a sudden, totally you change," she added. "Your hormones change, everything changes. Like now I'm scared of flying and things like that and I would never be before."

As Princess Eugenie is one of Prince Harry’s favorite royals and she appears to be the only member of his family who's visited him in his California home - it's very possible that this journey was heavy with stresses beyond their ongoing family drama.

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Fear of taking to the sky could be related to the common fear of flying, but also the devastating impact that air travel has on our environment. Being environmentally conscious is, after all, something that the royal often discusses. She continued, "at home we have no plastic, we try to as much as possible have no plastic and I'm trying to teach him that. But it's a battle."

Despite the long road ahead to fight the tides of climate change, Princess Eugenie said, "I like to be ‘glass half full’," about the future.

"I’d rather be that way," she continued. "But sometimes the facts and the figures and sometimes having the dinners do give you that sort of sense of frustration and doom and gloom."

Aoife Hanna
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Aoife is Junior News Editor at woman&home.

She's an Irish journalist and writer with a background in creative writing, comedy, and TV production.

Formerly Aoife was a contributing writer at Bustle and her words can be found in the Metro, Huffpost, Delicious, Imperica, EVOKE and her poetry features in the Queer Life, Queer Love anthology.

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