With the announcement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s pregnancy, most people have likely already forgotten about the royal wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank. But Eugenie’s choice to have her scar showing on her wedding day is something we should continue to talk about.
While most people obsess over every last detail that goes into a celebrity’s bridal look, it was the scar that ran down Eugenie’s back that caught everyone’s attention this time around. The scar was made visible by her dress which featured a low back. “The low back feature on the dress was at the specific request of Princess Eugenie who had surgery aged 12 to correct scoliosis,” a statement from the royal family read.
In an interview with This Morning, Eugenie explained how important it is to her to share this important message. She said, “I had an operation when I was 12 on my back, and you’ll see on Friday [at the wedding], but it’s a lovely way to honour the people who looked after me and a way of standing up for young people who also go through this.”
And people all over, those with scars and those without, cannot seem to agree more. They’re taking to Twitter to praise the princess, as well as share their own personal stories.
I LOVE that Princess Eugenie had a low back dress to show off her scar – my 5yo daughter has a scar on her back from an operation and I will show her later that even Princesses have scars and they are nothing to be embarrassed of #royalwedding
— Mel Pollard (@meljpollard) October 12, 2018
Representation matters. Thank you Princess Eugenie.
“Sixteen years on, and the princess chose to wear a wedding dress that showed her scar, saying she hoped it would honour those who had helped her and inspire others with the condition of… https://t.co/Lkli1CKXmz
— Carly Findlay (@carlyfindlay) October 13, 2018
I also chose a wedding dress to show off my scar. Much needed awareness for this condition. Well done Princess Eugenie 💪❤️ pic.twitter.com/IPHQ5RryP4
— Mrs Ross (@EllenRoss86) October 12, 2018
Princess Eugenie’s wedding dress IS important.
It’s brought a little bit of a tear to my eye & given me goosebumps.
Having scoliosis myself EVERY DAY I think about what I wear & how to hide my condition. In my eyes, her showing her scar on her wedding day is so commendable.
— Nell Plant (@NellPlant) October 12, 2018
I have this condition. I wasn’t brave enough to have the surgery; I didn’t want to risk being in a wheelchair for life. It’s really nice that Princess Eugenie showed off her scar. Good on her! #RoyalWedding https://t.co/AqxWXLxRt1
— Emma Jane Bradshaw (@emmajbradshaw) October 12, 2018
Dear 13-Year-Old Manuela: Your scar is the most beautiful thing on your body and there are women in the future who will make sure you know how how beautiful it makes you ❤️ #ScoliosisAwarness #Eugenie pic.twitter.com/ZTOinisSS9
— manuela 🎃 (@eversincemanu) October 12, 2018
As a Dad to a very brave daughter with the same condition, hats off to Princess Eugenie for not hiding her #scoliosis scar at her #RoyalWedding – role model to all the kids dealing with it today pic.twitter.com/d0PaEMNNrg
— Jonathan Hamer (@ham3r) October 12, 2018
It’s refreshing to see someone with so much clout use their platform to help spread an important message. Ahead of her wedding day, Eugenie aptly explained, “I think you can change the way beauty is, and you can show people your scars and I think it’s really special to stand up for that.”