Backtracking now to another great royal outing by Princess Marie a couple of weeks ago. It highlights a difficult disorder and revealed something new about the princess personally.
On August 7th, Princess Marie visited the town of Helsingør, where she met with several children suffering with autism. The princess also toured the Holiday Village, sponsored by the National Association for Autism.
Why would Marie take on this patronage, you ask? Unbeknownst to me, Marie has autism in her immediate family. She declined to say which family member suffers from autism, but it has touched her life deeply. As a matter of fact, the princess herself approached the Association and asked if she could become their patron. Happily, they agreed.
In an article from BT, the princess says:
I have autism in my immediate family, so I know how hard and how difficult it is. It’s a disability that affects the entire family.
“I have many friends who have children with autism. And I do not think the disorder is known enough. I think it is very important to spread the word.”
Cheers to Marie for underlining the importance of help and understanding for those who suffer from autism.