Princess Beatrice has revealed that the Harry Potter series helped her to conquer her dyslexia. The eldest daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York, made the comments in a video message recorded for the Get Reading Festival, due to be held in central London next week.
In the video, Beatrice reads a four-minute extract from the first novel in the series by JK Rowling Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
“I thought I would tell you a little story about why reading is so important to me and why we need to get more young people reading in London,” says Beatrice in the video.
“When I was younger I was diagnosed with dyslexia which meant, for me, sitting in front of a book was really hard – until I discovered Harry Potter, and this character, this 11-year-old boy, who suddenly gets off to school for the first time, captured my imagination and suddenly reading was fun. Reading was inspiring and I was motivated. From then on, I couldn’t put the books down,” says the Princess, as reported by The Telegraph.