Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf has had some "hard and bitter" experiences in his struggle with dyslexia, his wife says.

Queen Silvia, in a TV interview, spoke publicly for the first time about the king's learning disorder. It became publicly apparent during a visit to a copper mine in 1973, when he signed his name on a rock wall and misspelled it."That must have been hard and bitter for him," the queen said.

She also said that there is "a bit" of dyslexia in the couple's children, and that the king's experiences showed her the importance of dealing with it early.

"When he was little, people did not pay attention to the problem. He didn't get the help he needed," she said.

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