Princess Eugenie has talked in the past about living with scoliosis, highlighting her spinal surgery scar on her wedding day and becoming patron of the hospital that treated her.
Over the weekend Eugenie shared a picture of her scar again as part of a campaign for International Scoliosis Awareness Day and called for people to “be proud of our scars!”
The picture displayed Princess Eugenie’s scar prominently as she faced away from the camera, wearing a black shirt.
She captioned her post, “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!” she continued, adding that she would be resharing pictures to her Instagram Stories of people’s scoliosis scars if they were sent to her.
Her post was celebrated by her future brother-in-law Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, who commented with a string of applause emojis and a heart.
Princess Eugenie has long supported institutions that help treat scoliosis and those diagnosed with it, sharing pictures of her own 2002 experience with corrective surgery at the age of 12.
She was treated at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and revealed in an essay that she had eight-inch titanium rods and one and a half inch rods embedded into her spine and neck to help with her condition, which causes the spine to curve.
She is now patron of the RNOH’s charity and one of its newest facilities is named after her. The doctor who performed the surgery on Eugenie was also invited to her wedding as a guest of honour.
She also famously displayed her scar during her 2018 wedding to Casamigos brand ambassador Jack Brooksbank, wearing a custom Peter Pilotto gown with a deep V in the back.
She said during an interview with This Morning that the design was intended to “honour the people who looked after me and a way of standing up for young people who also go through this.”