On July 1st, 2018, Princess Eugenie shocked the world when she revealed a secret that she had been keeping private for nearly 20 years.
When Princess Eugenie was just a young girl, she learned that she would suffer from the spinal deformity known as Scoliosis. At only 12 years old, Eugenie was swimming with her family- Prince Andrew, Sarah Ferguson, and older sister Princess Beatrice.
While outside, Sarah noticed that Eugenie’s back was “off.” After talking about it, she and Prince Andrew decided to take Eugenie to Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH). It was there the Duke, and Duchess of York were told that their youngest would need corrective surgery.
Princess Eugenie recalls the moment being a “scary prospect.” During an interview for the National Scoliosis Awareness Day (RNOH), Eugenie shared, I” can still vividly remember how nervous I felt in the days and weeks before the operation. The night before, I came home with cards and flowers from friends and went to be feeling fine. And then only then next morning was I scared.”
At only 12 years old, Eugenie underwent an eight-hour operation. The surgical team at RNOH “inserted 8-inch titanium rods into the sides of her spine and 1½-inch screws at the base of her neck.”
For the next several days, Eugenie relied on the help of a wheelchair while she learned how to move with her new equipment. After that, she abandoned the wheelchair and started walking on her own. Eugenie went on to the live the decades without sharing her diagnosis with anyone.
On June 30th, 2018, Princess Eugenie shared her secret with the world for the first when she revealed her x-rays on her Instagram account. Immediately thousands of comments came in complimenting Eugenie on her bravery and encouraging her in her diagnosis.
Today, Eugenie can be active and live a seemingly normal life. Princess Eugenie is getting married to Jack Brooksbank in October 2018 and the two are looking forward to starting a family shortly after. Pregnancy with scoliosis can seem scary (especially to a new mom), so please be praying for no pain for Eugenie when that time comes.