Princess Eugenie is encouraging fellow scoliosis sufferers to share their scars to mark International Scoliosis Awareness Day.
- The daughter of Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, uploaded a photo of her scar following 8-hour surgery to correct her scoliosis
- Princess Eugenie wants others to share their scars to mark International Scoliosis Awareness Day
- It follows royal news that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have pledged their support against online hate
Almost two decades after Princess Eugenie underwent a major operation to correct her scoliosis, she is encouraging others to share their experiences to raise awareness of the condition – where the spine twists and curves to the side.
Eugenie, 30, took to Instagram to share an up-close shot of her scar and encouraged others to come forward with theirs.
She wrote, “Today is International Scoliosis Awareness Day. I just wanted to share my scar and encourage anyone out there who’s gone through something similar to share theirs with me. Let’s be proud of our scars! I’d love to repost any of your images on my stories so please tag me and I will share. #internationalscoliosisawarenessday.”
Royal fans praised Eugenie with one dubbing her “the coolest princess”. Another said, “I remember your wedding dress you were so proud to show your scar”.
While some people might have chosen to hide their scar on their wedding day, Princess Eugenie made a powerful statement when she tied the knot with Jack Brooksbank back in October 2018.
Her Christopher de Vos and Peter Pilotto dress had been deliberately designed with an open back in the shape of a deep-V to show her scar and celebrate surviving.
She explained, “I believe scars are like memories that tell a story on your body, that remind you how strong you had to be, and that you survived to talk about it.
“Your scars are a way of communicating, and sharing a trauma can be healing in so many ways. It can release that stigma you might have given to yourself and by talking about it you can show people how they can heal, too.”