Reading difficulties run in the Swedish royal family, and they’re not afraid to talk about it. Crown Princess Victoria has spoken openly about struggling with dyslexia, and now her younger brother Prince Carl Philip has begun to do the same.

Prince Carl Philip in January 2014A talented artist and designer, Carl Philip struggled throughout primary school with letters and numbers. It wasn’t until high school that a teacher was able to help him come to grips with spelling and reading.

He has spoken about his dyslexia more openly in recent years.

“These issues are important not only to me, but also to the hundreds of thousands of children with dyslexia in Sweden. Every day, these children fight with letters and numbers that jump around in their school books. The others laugh at them when they get something wrong, and they have to work harder than their classmates to achieve the same grades.”

He has studied graphic design – including a stint at a prestigious program in Rhode Island – and is also a keen athlete. His upcoming wedding in mid-June is much anticipated. There’s nothing quite like a royal wedding to get everyone excited!

Sarah Forrest is a Literacy Specialist for the Easyread System, an online program for children with reading and spelling difficulties, dyslexia, auditory processing issues and more. Get a free 10-day trial from