Princess Beatrice says reading to stepson in lockdown is ‘a gift’ and talks of dyslexia

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Writing in The Evening Standard, Beatrice, 32, revealed that in spite of her dyslexia, she finds hope in the pages of a good book. She said: “As you might already know I have dyslexia and as such reading has never been my strongest talent, however, having a little more time to take a moment to really get into stories has been a gift I am happy to have shared with lockdown life.”

She added: “I have found when things are a little uncertain, or if I am worried or scared of what the future might have in store, stepping into the worlds described on the pages of literature has given me a sense of reassurance.”

Beatrice shares her thoughts on reading as part of celebration plans for World Book Day, an annual charity event in the UK that encourages children to read.

The princess recently became a stepmother when she married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, 38, in July.

The daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson married the Italian aristocrat at a private ceremony held in Windsor.

She became the first royal in Her Majesty’s family to marry someone who already had children.

Beatrice described becoming stepmother to Mozzi’s son, Christopher ‘Wolfie’ Woolf, as a “great honour”.

She wrote: “Together, we had such a special time reading through all the entries for Oscars Book Prize 2020.”

The winner of the prize, called ‘Tad’ by Benji Davies, shares the adventures of a little tadpole in a big pond.

“The story reminds us that sometimes the biggest stories have the smallest beginnings,” said Beatrice, “I can’t wait to see what we will read for the prize this year!”

Beatrice also shared that she enjoyed reading from an early age in spite of being diagnosed with dyslexia when only seven years old.

She said: “My inspiration and love of reading has stemmed from an early age, my mother being a children’s author instigated my love of reading and stories.”

Beatrice concluded the statement by saying that sharing stories during this “challenging time” has been a great lesson.

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She hopes that by helping her stepson engage with stories will help inspire “imagination, creativity, independence and humour.”

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