Princess Beatrice Bravely Opens Up About Growing Up with Dyslexia: ‘I Really Want to Change the Narrative’

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Princess Beatrice is getting candid about growing up with dyslexia

During a recent interview with Hello!, the 33-year-old royal opened up about the “gift” of being diagnosed with the reading disorder and how she hopes her story will help young children with the condition.

“I think storytelling is one of the most fantastic ways to communicate. If by sharing my story I can help one young person, whether they're 11 or seven just receiving the news that they've got the gift of dyslexia, then I think you've got such a fantastic opportunity to share some of these great learnings,” the Princess of York told the outlet. 

“Honestly, what inspired me to talk about dyslexia the way that I have, is because I really want to change the narrative around the diagnosis” she added. “Even referring to it as a diagnosis I feel does a disservice to the brilliance of some of the most fantastic minds that we have. And I think just shifting the narrative a little bit towards something that is positive, that is impactful, I think can really help everyone.”

Beatrice, who has been patron of the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity since 2013, even revealed that she felt “lucky” to not be treated differently after receiving her diagnosis. She continued, “I was very lucky that when I was first told that I had dyslexia, not one person around me ever made me feel like it was a 'lesser than' scenario. It was always about moving forward, it was always about what you could do. Never about what you can't. And that's something that's really, really important to me. I find it very inspiring every day to talk about it. Because if you can just change one little idea in someone's head, then you've done a great thing.” 

Spoken like a woman who is going to make a great mother in a few short months. 

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