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Prince Carl Philip: 'Nothing makes him sadder' than a dyslexic child being called 'stupid'

14 December 2015
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Prince Carl Philip doesn't want other children to suffer for their dyslexia like he did. The dyslexic prince, who is expecting his first child with wife Princess Sofia, hopes to eradicate thestigma that surrounds the disorder in classrooms.

The 36-year-old patron of Sweden'sDyslexia Association opened up to the organization's chairman, Bengt-Erik Johansson, about the learning disorder. In an interview with Sveriges Radio, Bengt-Erik revealed, “[Carl] told me how important it is that children with reading andwriting difficulties shouldn't feel left out at school. He said that nothingmakes him sadder than when someone's considered stupid because of theirdyslexia.”


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He continued, "This is huge for students inschools, not to feel alone out there. When even our prince has dyslexia,perhaps they won't feel so isolated in the classroom and will go on to makeprogress at school.”

Back in 2014, the prince admitted to Sweden's TV4’s talkshow Hellenius Corner, that when hewas younger, "I got red marks constantly. To read out loud before thewhole class was a real pain.”

While he struggled as a youngboy, the prince back in 2013 fell victim to scrutiny for his disorder, after a blunderduring the Swedish sports awards gala Idrottsgalan. At the event, Carl stumbled over hiswords while announcing a winner’s name. Recalling the moment, the royalrevealed, "It was a terrible feeling, being portrayed as stupid andunintelligent."

Carl isn’t the only member of the Swedish royal family whobattles dyslexia. Carl’s father, King Carl Gustaf XVI and his older sister Crown Princess Victoria both suffer from the learning disorder as well.

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