Princess Beatrice has revealed she still gets ‘angry’ when she thinks of the teachers who helped her with dyslexia at school and recently ‘burst into tears’ when seeing one of them mentors at a recent event.
The royal mother-of-one, 35, an ambassador for Made by Dyslexia, appeared on an episode of the charity’s podcast where she discussed the power of improving AI by incorporating the thinking of a dyslexic brain .
During the episode, she told her interviewer, Kate, about her own experience growing up with dyslexia when she was at school and how it affected her learning early in her studies.
She said: “The first days of school really stand out for those moments where you just don’t fit in and you can’t understand what’s going on at home, why don’t I fit in?”
However, thanks to the guidance of some good teachers and an “incredibly close” family who helped her face difficult times with “humor and joy”, she managed to overcome obstacles and learned to accept the way of thinking of the dyslexic brain.
Princess Beatrice, 35, spoke on the Made by Dyslexia podcast about her experience as a young student growing up with the condition.
Beatrice, married to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi (also dyslexic) and mother of two-year-old Sienna, remembers the frustration she felt at school when she was very young, before realizing she was dyslexic.
She said: “I remember trying to take extra classes with teachers, and just looking at (my teacher’s) face blankly and she said, ‘Why are you looking at me ? The words are not on my face.
“And I said, ‘Well, they’re not on the page either!’
She also remembers, around the age of six, being in a classroom with her classmates and reading a Beatrix Potter story, with each child reading a few lines.
The princess is now an ambassador for Made by Dyslexia and spoke at the World Dyslexia Assembly in Sweden last year.
As her turn approached, the princess revealed that she “didn’t know what (I was going to say).”
However, over time, and after a year of reduction, Beatrice says she learned to understand that her brain works differently to other people’s, and gained support from charities and “amazing teachers.” .
She named professors Hillary Leopard and Wendy Miles and said, “They’re all characters that I think of when I think because I wouldn’t be the person I am today if they hadn’t been there in my life.”
Beatrice added that she recently saw Hillary Leopard at a charity event where she “immediately burst into tears” thinking about the meaning the teacher had in her life.
She said: “We were in this crowd and I was crying and she was crying.
“Now, as an advocate for dyslexic thinking, I think of her every day…how lucky I was…the hours she spent just being there and getting through it.”
The royal said she was inspired by Hillary’s “infectious energy” to “pay it forward.”
As well as some inspiring teachers, Beatrice revealed she had a strong support system at home from her “incredibly close family” growing up.
“I would say that throughout our lives, we have been able to go through everything with humor and joy. And my mother (Sarah Ferguson) really instilled that in me.
“She’s been through so much in her life and I find her to be one of the most inspiring characters of joy and humor.”
Referencing the Duchess of York’s battle with breast cancer, Beatrice praised her mother, who “still finds time to be self-deprecating and joyful.”
Later in the episode, Beatrice and Kate joke that because of Fergie’s creativity and talent for telling a compelling story, she should also be tested for dyslexia.
“She’s a creative soul,” the princess said, before praising her mother’s “incredible emotional intelligence.”
When she was pregnant with her daughter Sienna Mapelli Mozzi, Princess Beatrice spoke movingly about dyslexia and said that if her daughter inherited it, she would consider it a “gift.”
Talk to Hello! Magazine, Beatrice said: “I think having dyslexia and thinking about where I am currently in my career path, and also as an older person looking back, it’s definitely allowed me to see the things in a new way and to propose solutions.’
His words echoed the title of Ron Davis’ 1994 book, The Gift of Dyslexia, which immediately became a bestseller and became a bible for people with dyslexia and parents of children with dyslexia.
The Duke and Duchess of York’s daughter said that “if any child, bonus son or future babies on the way are lucky enough to be diagnosed with dyslexia, I am incredibly grateful to have tools like Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity. (of which she is the godmother) to be able to access it, to provide them with this additional support.