Princess Eugenie Inspired a Young Girl By Revealing Her Scoliosis Scar During a Private Tea

Princess Eugenie doesn’t let her long-standing battle with scoliosis stop her from achieving her goals. And her perseverance has served as a massive inspiration to people around the world, especially one young dancer in the U.K.

Poppy Gerrard, an 18-year-old dancer from Liverpool, recently revealed that the 30-year-old royal invited her MerseyGirls dance team to a special afternoon tea. The private invitation came about after Eugenie saw Gerrard’s dance partner, Julia Carlile (who was born with the disease that causes severe curvature of the spine), on Britain’s Got Talent in 2017.

“I will never forget that day," Poppy told the Daily Mail. "It was just like we were talking to a friend.”

She continued, “She told us about her scoliosis journey and what she had been through with her operations. At one point she unzipped her dress and showed us her scar. It gave me goosebumps that a princess was so proud of her imperfections and that she was prepared to share something like that with us.”

Turns out, the Princess of York has remained in touch with the dance team since the event. In fact, the mom-to-be even invited the entire team to her 2018 wedding to Jack Brooksbank. ICYMI: Eugenie made quite a statement in her custom Peter Pilotto gown, which featured a low back that displayed her scar from a scoliosis surgery when she was 12 years old.

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The princess’s down-to-earth personality was something that really stuck out to Gerrard. She told the outlet, "It was just a dream come true because there's a little girl you dream of tea parties, palaces, and princesses. She was so inspiring and down to earth and friendly," she added. "It was just nice to see that the royals are just normal people, and they are that genuine, kind, and real.”

We have a feeling Poppy and Eugenie are going to be pals for life. Maybe she’ll even get to meet the royal baby.

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