The future royal mother, Princess Beatrice, has spoken fondly of her experience with dyslexia – and says that if her unborn child is ‘lucky’ to be diagnosed with it, then she will see it as a ‘gift’.
The Queen’s 33-year-old granddaughter, whose first child is due later this year, has herself been diagnosed with learning difficulties, which can affect reading, writing and spelling, to the age of seven.
But while she was supported from an early age, Beatrice says many children struggle without being diagnosed.
Royal-to-mother Princess Beatrice (pictured with husband Edo Mapelli Mozzi last week) has spoken emotionally about her experience with dyslexia
The princess – seen at a lunch with friends in a floral jacket with her husband Edo Mapelli Mozzi last week – revealed in an interview with Hello! magazine that he also has the condition.
She also described her role as stepmother to Edo’s son Wolfie, five, calling him her ‘bonus son’ – but admitted teaching him at home during the lockdown had been a challenge.
Beatrice spoke with author Giovanna Fletcher for the Back to School digital issue of Hello !, online now.
The daughter of the Duke and Duchess of York said that “if a child, bonus son or future babies on the way are lucky enough to be diagnosed with dyslexia, I feel incredibly grateful to have tools like the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity [that she’s patron of] to be able to tap into, to give them that extra support.
She said: “My husband is also dyslexic… but I really see it as a gift. “
Beatrice added: “I think life is about moments, challenges are what make you. Of course, I would never want there to be difficult situations.
The princess said if her unborn child was “lucky” to be diagnosed with it, she would consider it a “gift”. Pictured: Beatrice with husband Edo Mapelli Mozzi last week
“But I feel like if we’re able to embrace some of the tools that we have from the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity and other organizations, then I feel very, very lucky that we can have this conversation. “
Speaking of her stepson, Beatrice, who married her husband in a private ceremony in Windsor last year, said: “Home schooling was definitely not my forte! Don’t go lie. Unfortunately, I can’t blame this on dyslexia.
“But I felt very lucky to have had the chance to work with my bonus son (Wolfie) during school closures. It has been a huge learning curve for all of us.
Beatrice has also spoken openly about her passion to better understand dyslexia and to de-stigmatize any negative associations with it.
The princess, who admitted she struggled to understand why the words sounded so ‘confusing’ before her diagnosis, said she hoped sharing her own story would help ‘change the narrative’.
Beatrice has also spoken openly about her passion to better understand dyslexia and to de-stigmatize any negative associations with it. Pictured: Beatrice and Edo at the Wimbledon Championships in July
“I was very lucky that when I was first told that I was dyslexic, no one around me ever made me feel like this was a ‘less than’ scenario. It was always about moving forward, it was always about what you could do. Never about what you can’t, ”she explained.
“It’s something that is really, really important to me. I find it very inspiring every day to talk about it. Because if you can just change a little idea in someone’s head, then you’ve done a big thing.
“I think having dyslexia and thinking about where I am now in my career path, and also as a senior in hindsight, has definitely allowed me to look at things in a new way. way and find solutions.
“I always describe him as being able to think in a circle. Yes, my spelling is terrible, and I wish I could do something about it. But luckily the spell checker fixed that for me! ‘