Princess Eugenie, who is currently pregnant with her first child, took to social media to praise the 28-year-old. Selena, a former girlfriend of Canadian singer Justin Bieber, shared a swimsuit photo exposing her scar from a 2017 kidney operation to her 194 million followers on Instagram. In a poignant post, the Texas-born star also revealed she had found it “very difficult” to show people her scar on her upper-right thigh since going under the knife three years ago.
At her wedding two years ago, Eugenie, 30, famously wore a low back dress to reveal her own scar from scoliosis surgery.
Writing about Selena on her own Instagram Story, Eugenie 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.”
In her original post, Selena wrote: “When I got my kidney transplant, I remember it being very difficult at first showing my scar.
Princess Eugenie has praised Selena Gomez on Instagram
Selena Gomez shared a poignant post on Instagram
“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.”
She added: “All bodies are beautiful.”
Eugenie, who is 10th in line to the throne, married Jack Brooksbank at St George’s Chapel in October 2018.
Eugenie wore a low back dress and showed her scar from scoliosis surgery
The Queen’s granddaughter chose a dress which showed a scar down her back from spinal surgery as a child.
Speaking at the time, Eugenie 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.”
Princess Eugenie married Jack Brooksbank in October 2018
Eugenie was diagnosed with scoliosis when she was just 12-years-old and received treatment at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital to straighten her spine.
During the eight-hour operation surgeons’ inserted eight-inch titanium rods into her spine and one-and-a-half inch screws in the neck.
After the life-changing surgery, Eugenie spent three nights in intensive care and a further six days in a wheelchair, before being able to walk again.
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Last month, Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank announced they are expecting a baby in early 2021.
In a post on Instagram, she wrote: “Jack and I are so excited for early 2021.”
The new addition will be born 11th in line to the throne, but will not automatically receive an HRH or hold a royal title.