Princess Beatrice is helping children who suffer from dyslexia to feel more confident in their abilities, decades after she was diagnosed with the condition in her own childhood.
The 32-year-old narrates a new children’s book Xtraordinary People, whose author Kate Griggs is the founder of a charity she is patron of, Made by Dyslexia. Royal family friend, Sir Richard Branson, also wrote the foreward for the book, as a fellow dyslexic person.
‘It’s no secret that I struggled with my dyslexia as a child and often even wished it away,’ Bea said, ‘But now I see it as a tremendous gift and I want every dyslexic child to know that they too can tap into their dyslexic strengths.’
As well as narrating the animated version of the children’s book, Bea also appears in an introductory video online. In it, she explains: ‘Hello, I’m Beatrice. What you may not know about me is that I am Made By Dyslexia, which was a bit of a struggle when I was at school but now, thanks to all the practice and a lot of support I feel so lucky to be Made By Dyslexia.’
The royal has also been the patron of The Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre since 2013, a charity that offers dyslexia support to both adults and children. She has spoken candidly in the past about how the charity helped her during her secondary school days.
In 2016, she became the first member of the Royal Family to complete a gruelling triathlon, which she did to raise money for Big Change, a charity she co-founded with Sir Richard Branson to raise awareness of dyslexia. It was this organisation that she reportedly asked wedding guests to donate to in lieu of a gift last summer at her nuptials to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.
The impressive feat took in a five-day hike from the base of the Matterhorn, a cycle across the Italian Alps to the south of Tuscany, a swim across the Straits of Messina from Italy to Sicily, a 100km cycle through the foothills of Mount Etna, finally culminating in a 14km vertical trail run. She undertook the challenge alongside Sir Richard and his children Sam and Holly.
She said at the time: ‘The dyslexia battle is something that everyone goes through everyday but I hope that in the future we can create a place where it doesn’t matter if you’ve got dyslexia or if you don’t – where the school environment is a safe and secure place for young people to thrive, not just in exams.’
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