Princess Eugenie has bravely opened up about having undergone surgery at the age of 12 for corrective surgery for scoliosis.
The 28-year-old royal shared an X-ray image of her spine on Instagram for International Scoliosis Awareness Day and thanked the staff at The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital for their incredible support throughout her recovery.
'I also want to honour the incredible staff at The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital who work tirelessly to save lives and make people better. They made me better and I am delighted to be their patron of the Redevelopment Appeal,' she revealed.
The daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson went on to share her story in greater detail on The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital website.
'In 2002, when I was 12 years old, I was diagnosed with scoliosis (curvature of the spine) and told that I would need corrective surgery,' she explained.
'During my operation, which took eight hours, my surgeons inserted eight-inch titanium rods into each side of my spine and one-and-a-half inch screws at the top of my neck. After three days in intensive care, I spent a week on a ward and six days in a wheelchair.'
She added that the life-changing surgery inspired her to open a children's wing at the RNOH, known as the Princess Eugenie House, sharing: 'I’m living proof of the ways in which the hospital can change people’s lives.'