I know almost nothing about Princess Eugenie. I don’t know what number she is to the throne, what the name of her husband is, or whether she is the younger or older sister. What I do know, however, is that I truly admire her after her wedding this weekend.
Yes, she got married this weekend in similar fashion to Meghan. She is definitely missing some of the sparkle that her family members possess and her wedding wasn’t as well attended as was her cousin Harry’s recent affair. (And not only that, but her actual wedding was slightly usurped by the rudely timed announcement of Harry and Meg’s pregnancy. Poor Eugenie doesn’t seem to be able to catch a spotlight break.)
While Eugenie may not have set the world on fire with her wedding the way that Meghan (or Kate for that matter) did, she did manage to make an amazing statement with her wedding attire.
See, Eugenie apparently had surgery at the age of 12 and she has quite a large scar along her neck and upper back. There are a thousand creative ways that a wedding dress could cover up that scar. But Eugenie actually chose not to wear a veil and not to wear a dress that covered her upper back; rather, she wore a stunning ensemble that would – on purpose – show off her scar for all the world to see.
And that makes her a rock star in my book. In an interview broadcast on ITV on Friday, before the big reveal, she spoke about how important it is to change the perception that people have about beauty. As she said,
“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.”
Stand up she did, in front of millions of people. On her most important day, she chose to make a statement that could influence so many. To this day, she is connected to the hospital where she had the surgery as a patron of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in London. Can you imagine the impact that her actions, and her pride in her own skin and its history, could have on little girls everywhere watching the wedding? And perhaps on not-so-little girls who worry about their looks and about what others think constantly?
Way to go Princess Eugenie. You just made a loyal fan out of me.