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Princess Beatrice calls her dyslexia 'an opportunity' as she talks with British schoolchildren

25 APRIL 2014 Princess Beatrice spoke to sufferers of dyslexia on Thursday, telling them that "dyslexia is an opportunity."

The princess, who also suffers from the learning difficulty that affects memory and processing speed, told pupils of Bolingbroke Academy and the ARK Globe Academy in London that dyslexia should never hold them back.

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Princess Beatrice
Princess Beatrice with children from Bolingbroke Academy


"Dyslexia is not a pigeonhole to say you can’t do anything. It is an opportunity and a possibility to learn differently. You have magical brains, they just process differently. Don’t feel like you should be held back by it," she told the youngsters.

Both schools are supported by the Drive for Literacy programme, a partnership between ARK Schools and the Driver Youth Trust, to develop reading and writing skills.

Queen Elizabeth’s grand-daughter went on to add: "I was diagnosed with dyslexia when I was seven and it was a bit of a struggle to begin with. It was a challenge as I began my school career – spelling and reading was something I couldn’t really get my head around."

The 25-year-old Princess then admitted that it was J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter series which changed her opinion on reading, telling pupils: "The second the story came out, I couldn’t put it down. Now I read so much quicker, so much better and I studied history at university which involved a lot of reading."

 


Princess Beatrice with children from Bolingbroke Academy
 

At the beginning of the year the Princess reportedly took up an exciting new post in the world of TV and Entertainment, starting an internship at the London offices of Sony Pictures Television, which is a branch of Sony Entertainment.

The stylish Princess was also recently seen at an evening event at Fortnum & Mason where she was joined by Poppy Delevingne, Guy Pelly, Tamara Beckwith and blogger Alice Naylor-Leyland, and earlier in 2014 the Princess showed off her fashion credentials as she attended London Fashion Week,
 

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