Sarah Ferguson has candidly spoken about Princess Beatrice and Eugenie's disabilities.


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Sarah, Duchess of York has been doing some major press this week, all in the name of her charity Street Child, which aims to give vulnerable children around the world an education.

It’s obviously very noble work and as Fergie said, it has helped her keep her “feet on the ground”.

Speaking to the Press Association, she said it made her realise how lucky her daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie were to have an education – and candidly spoke about their disabilities.

“[It’s] kept me realising how lucky that my children – Eugenie, as you now know, is disabled with one inch metal rods down her back, Beatrice is dyslexic with special needs at school – and yet they had an education.

“So why isn’t any other child allowed that same luxury? And why is it a luxury?”

Beatrice was diagnosed with dyslexia at age seven and spoke about the condition in a podcast for the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre in 2016.

“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’.”

She said being diagnosed was the best thing to happen to her.

“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.”


Her younger sister Eugenie had a life-changing procedure to correct her scoliosis, a curve in the spine, at age 12 where titanium rods were inserted into each side of her spine and screws were placed at the top of her neck.

During her October wedding to Jack Brooksbank, Eugenie’s backless dress sans veil was deliberately chosen to show to the world a single line down the very centre of her back – the scar from her surgery.

Ahead of her big day, Eugenie said: “I think you can change the way beauty is, and you can show people your scars and I think it’s really special to stand up for that.”