Princess Eugenie has praised the The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital as they become a trauma centre for the first time since 1982 amid the coronavirus epidemic.
The royal, 30, who is a patron of the centre, admitted she was ‘so proud’ of the hospital for stepping up during the pandemic, and urged her followers to donate to the charity.
The hospital in Stanmore is close to Eugenie’s heart, as she underwent a an operation there to correct scoliosis – curvature of the spine – when she was just 12 years old.
Taking to Instagram Eugenie shared a picture of hospital staff holding up signs spelling ‘We need your support’, along with a heart sign.
She wrote: ‘I’m so proud of my hospital, The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, as they have become a trauma centre for the first time since 1982 due to the incredibly challenging time we face and the unprecedented pressure all hospitals and their staff face.
‘It has created a Covid-19 fund for the RNOH’s staff that urgently need our support.
‘The purpose of the fund is to help their frontline clinical staff in any way possible – from providing meals, to purchasing essential equipment items, to supporting mental health in a time of crisis.’
Eugenie was diagnosed with scoliosis and underwent corrective surgery aged just 12, with a pair of eight-inch titanium rods inserted alongside her spine to rebuild it as a result of a curvature.
The operation resulted in a prominent scar, which Eugenie wore with pride, opting for a backless gown for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank in October 2018.
In an interview before the wedding, the Princess, 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.’
The doctor who performed her surgery was even in attendance at the ceremony, invited by Eugenie.
Speaking about the operation, she said: ‘There are so many emotions and worries that go thundering through your head.
‘Will I be able to play sports, or will I look the same, or will I miss a lot of school and be behind? I remember being angry about not being able to run and play.’
The Princess, now a patron of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, said she wasn’t always so open about her scar and did ‘everything to hide it.’
She said: ‘I remember going back to the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and showing a little girl who couldn’t sit up from her operation. Her eyes grew so big and eventually a huge smile lit up her face when she saw I had a huge scar and was standing up tall in front of her.’
Eugenie said her wedding dress had to show the scar, which she described at the ‘centre point’ to her outfit and that a veil would take away from her scar.