Princess Eugenie has praised pop star Selena Gomez for proudly showing off her kidney transplant scar.
US singer Gomez, 28, was widely applauded for sharing a picture to Instagram featuring a scar from a 2017 operation.
Gomez admitted she had previously been wary of showing the mark but now feels confident enough to do so.
When I got my kidney transplant, I remember it being very difficult at first showing my scar. I didn’t want it to be in photos, so I wore things that would cover it up. Now, more than ever, I feel confident in who I am and what I went through…and I’m proud of that. T – Congratulations on what you’re doing for women, launching @lamariette whose message is just that…all bodies are beautiful.
A post shared by Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) on Sep 24, 2020 at 9:57am PDT
Following her 2018 wedding, Eugenie was praised for wearing a dress with a low back to reveal her scar from scoliosis surgery as a child.
She posted a screengrab of Gomez’s original post to her Instagram Story and said: “I thought this was super cool of @selenagomez to show she’s confident of who she is and what she went through after finding it difficult to show her scar.”
The royal added: “Let’s be proud of our uniqueness.”
Eugenie, the Queen’s granddaughter and daughter of the Duke of York, married Jack Brooksbank in October 2018.
Explaining her decision to wear a dress with a low back, she said: “I had always wanted a low back, part of it was showing my scar.
“I believe scars tell a story about your past and your future and it’s a way of getting rid of a taboo.
“For me it’s a way of communicating with people who are going through either similar situations with scoliosis or having a scar of their own they are trying to deal with.”