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Princess Beatrice Refers to Her Dyslexia as ‘Gift’ - Every Time Royals Got Candid About Their Health Battles

Esther NJeri
Aug 18, 2021
06:20 A.M.
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People do not often open up about their health struggles, especially not the royals, who keep their secrets guarded. Recently, however, more royals are opening up about their health struggles.


Princess Beatrice, diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of seven, is on the frontline of changing the narrative by openly speaking about her condition.

Instead of referring to it as a condition or an illness, the 33-year-old chooses to call it a "learning difference." She says that referring to it as a condition is doing a disservice to the brilliant minds out there.

Princess Beatrice smiles during a garden party held at Buckingham Palace, on May 30, 2013 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images


Beatrice has since 2013 been a patron for the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity, and one can openly see how passionate she is about the cause.

In light of her role as a soon-to-be mom, Beatrice has also noted that if any of her future kids are lucky enough to have dyslexia, they will be truly gifted. She adds:

"Just shifting the narrative a little bit towards something that is positive, something that is impactful, can really help everyone."


She commends her family for not making her feel like a lesser person after the diagnosis. And Beatrice is not the only royal who is opening up about her condition.

Her sister Princess Eugenie, at only 12 years of age, was diagnosed with scoliosis, and her doctors advised that she would require a life-changing surgery to correct her condition, a surgery that involved inserting two metal rods along her back.

Today, the mother of one carries her scars proudly. During her wedding to her husband Jack Brooksbank, she wore a gown with an open back that showed off the scars from the surgery.


[Diana] says that even though she was lucky enough to receive treatment, it was a difficult part of her life as she'd never before suffered from depression.

Everyone's favorite princess Diana also had bulimia when she was younger. In addition, her chef, Darren McGrady, previously spoke up about Diana's eating disorder and was apologetic for enabling the condition, saying that he did not have a choice.

However, the royals are not only speaking about their illnesses but have been more open about mental health in the recent past. Diana, besides her struggle with bulimia, also suffered post-partum depression.


She says that even though she was lucky enough to receive treatment, it was a difficult part of her life as she'd never before suffered from depression. Opening up to Panorama in 1995, Diana recalled the tough times saying:

"You'd wake up in the morning feeling you didn't want to get out of bed, you felt misunderstood, and just very, very low in yourself."


Her son, Harry, has also been on the front line as an advocate for mental health and adds that he has been suffering from mental health issues since 2017, following 12 years of bottling up emotions after his mother's death.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have since launched a campaign called "Heads Together" that encourages people to open up about their struggles with mental health.


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