Princess Eugenie has revealed how her mother would sing The Monkees ‘Daydream Believer’ to her when she became carsick as a child.
In an exclusive interview the Queen’s granddaughter has revealed that her fondest musical memory was having the Duchess of York sing to her when she became unwell on long car journeys.
In a new video the 27-year-old royal reveals the touching story behind her favourite track.
Princess Eugenie of York has revealed the touching reason why Daydream Believer by The Monkees is her favourite song
She explains: ‘Growing up I used to get really car sick. And we used to go on all these trips and journeys I always remember coming to the last moment of getting there, and I’d be like “how long until we get there?”.’
‘Everyone in the car would be like “it’s just around the corner”, and then I’d get really sick and they’d turn this (Daydream Believer) on and say “cheer up sleepy Jean”. Maybe it’s because my names Eugenie, like Jean. My mum sang it, my friends sang it, everyone.’
After listening to the track Eugenie is overcome bey nostalgia.
The Princess of York says that as a child it was sung to her by her her mother Sarah Ferguson on long car journeys
Eugenie says that as a child she used to get car sick on long journeys and her mother found that singing was a comfort to her. Pictured: Eugenie as a child with her mother
She adds: ‘I think people would be surprised that this is my favourite song but from my childhood this was just the dream.
‘It’s amazing how a memory is just completely connected to something and where it takes you. Just then I’ve gone back to feeling sick in the car to being elated to them singing to me about being sleepy.
‘Your childhood is all about those memories. From a young age everyone is playing music and when you’re in families you have all these lovely connections.’
Eugenie is sharing her story on YouTube today for the End the Silence campaign by Hope and Homes for Children.
Euegnie explained that when she began to feel sick, Fergie (as she is affectionately known) would say ‘cheer up sleepy Jean’ – a famous lyric from the song
The aim is to raise awareness and funds for eight million children locked away in orphanages without love, family and music.
Speaking of the campaign, Eugenie says: ‘A child growing up without music, a child not being able to enjoy that with someone let alone listening to it is just something that should never happen. No child should be silent.
‘And what we’re talking about today is the fact that when you go into an orphanage a child cries no one’s there to pick them up, no one’s there to give it love no one’s there to give it attention and so eventually it stops crying and that silence is deafening.’
The Princess of York is not the only famous to put their name to the campaign with several stars sharing their best loved tracks in aid of the cause.
Eugenie is sharing her story on YouTube today for the End the Silence campaign by Hope and Homes for Children
Former Oasis front man Noel Gallagher revealed his is Slade’s Come on Feel the Noise.
Explaining the story behind it Noel said: ‘I would have been six or seven years old sitting watching Top of the Pops.
‘It was a major thing in British culture, a Thursday night, you get paid on the Friday, you buy the seven inch to dance to on the Saturday, it’s perfect…reminds me of where Oasis got their sound from, pretty much.’
Rock legend, Ozzy Osbourne chose The Beatles’ ‘She Loves You’ and says: ‘That song changed my life…had such an impact on me…when that song came on, I knew from then on what I wanted to do with my life.’
Ozzy Osbourne, Noel Gallagher, Royal Blood, Duran Duran, Bastille, Anne-Marie, Hozier, Jonas Blue, Rudimental, Paul Simonon, Damon Albarn and The Script are among the other big names who have filmed exclusive interviews on YouTube sharing the songs of their childhood.
They join Elton John, Ed Sheeran, Paul Weller, Emeli Sande, Paloma Faith, KT Tunstall, Sigrid, Wolf Alice, Huey Morgan and Kasabian, who have already released videos as part of End the Silence.
The campaign aims to create the world’s largest online musical memory time capsule before Christmas, while raising £1.5m in donations.
This will help Hope and Homes for Children find families for 120,000 children suffering silence and neglect in Ugandan and Rwandan orphanages. Every pound donated before 27th December will be doubled by the UK Government.
Visit www.endthesilence.com or follow the hashtag #EndTheSilence to find out more.