During her appearance on Oprah last Wednesday, Sarah Ferguson – the Duchess of York herself – announced (among other things) that Princess Beatrice, her daughter with Prince Andrew, the Duke of York (obvs), is auctioning off the now infamous hat she wore to the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.


Well, it’s not because of all the negative hub-bub. (Come on. Like royalty wears the same hat twice anyway. Psht.)

Well…maybe it is, sort of.

Princess Beatrice and Her Hat (pictured right – the octopus-looking one) caused quite the sensation when they arrived at Westminster Abbey late last month to witness the marriage of the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – none of it very flattering, but sensation, nonetheless.

Rather than burn the headpiece and curse designer Philip Treacy for the monstrosity, the princess has decided to do something good with it:

Throw it up on eBay and donate the proceeds to UNICEF and Children in Crisis.

So what’s the lesson?

Make lemonade, baby.

Look, at some point in our lives, we all do some things that raise a few eyebrows. Even our own. Maybe we say something offensive, or make a colossally bad life choice. Maybe we lose our tempers, or maybe we just wear something that looks silly.

Or, perhaps the disaster isn’t even our own fault. We could get injured in a car wreck caused by someone else. Caught in the crossfire of a gang fight. Laid off due to company cutbacks.

Whatever the situation, we don’t have to take it lying down. In fact, we shouldn’t. We can pause and regain our bearings, look at the situation for what it is, and figure out how we can turn the lemon into lemonade. For ourselves, and for others.

Of the hat and her feelings toward the attention it received, Princess Beatrice says:

I’ve been amazed by the amount of attention the hat has attracted. It’s a wonderful opportunity to raise as much money as possible for two fantastic charities. I hope whoever wins the auction has as much fun with the hat as I have.”

At the time of this writing, the bid is up to 11,000 GBP (that’s nearly $18,000 in cold-hard American cash). You have about a week left if you want in on the action.

Want to know how you can help during this year’s Mental Health Month? Check out Mental Health Month: 3 Ways To Advocate For Mental Health.

Also, don’t forget to check out these past Mental Health Month posts before you go:

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Second Image Credit: appaloosa