Princess Beatrice: ‘Being diagnosed with dyslexia was the greatest thing that ever happened to me’
Princess Beatrice believes being diagnosed with dyslexia is the “greatest thing” to have happened to her.
The 28-year-old royal has admitted she wears her condition like a badge of honour and considers it to be the best gift in the world because it enabled her to become part of a “community” to help and protect younger people battling with it.
Speaking in a podcast for the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre, the flame-haired beauty – who is a patron of the centre – said: “Being diagnosed with dyslexia was the greatest thing that ever happened to me because it allowed me to become part of this community of people that really are championing young people’s education and making sure that we protect our young people in school and in life.”
And Beatrice has admitted she still makes spelling mistakes, and has to re-read over every email ” a million times” to check for errors.
She explained: “I remember one of my earliest memories was sitting in front of a Beatrix Potter book and the illustrations were so beautiful but the words meant nothing.
“I was put into specialist classes and I remember the teacher looking at me and saying, ‘Why do you keep looking at me, the words are not written on my face’.
“I have to learn how to cope with it every day.
“[But] I still spell things wrong and I still have to read every email a million times to make sure it’s correct but I think this all makes me more methodical.”
Meanwhile, Beatrice has admitted she would love to have a “magic wand” and discover new ways to help teachers.
She said: “If I had a magic wand I would love to see more tools for teachers so they’d know how to balance their time as well as give children of all different capabilities the right to find who they are.”