Sarah Ferguson has addressed rumours of her feud with her late sister-in-law Princess Diana, revealing that the pair never fell out but people speculated about rifts because they wanted to ‘break up something strong’.
The Duchess of York, 61, who met Diana when they were teenagers before they both married the Queen’s sons told People: ‘We promised each other we would always be together – there was never any daylight between us,
‘But everybody wanted that because we were so strong together. People want to break something so strong.’
She added they were ‘best friends’ and that she called the Princess of Wales ‘Duch’.
Sarah Ferguson has addressed rumours of her feud with her late sister-in-law Princess Diana, revealing that the pair never fell out but people just wanted to ‘break something strong’. The pair are pictured together in 1983
‘She taught me so much of public life. She was so brave. We used to have the most incredible time together.’
Sarah, most commonly known as Fergie is mother to Princesses Beatrice, 32, and Eugenie, 31, made the comments when featuring as People’s cover star this week – in which she posed on the front of the magazine in a statement black blazer and white shirt combo.
Speaking about her old friend as an aunt and mother, she went on: ‘[Diana] adored my girls. She adored [her] boys. This would be her haven. Her heaven.’
She added Diana would be ‘very proud’ of both her sons and their ‘wonderful’ wives, and would be ‘completed obsessed with her five grandchildren, Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, six, Prince Louis, three, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, two, and one-month-old Lilibet.
Sarah, most commonly known as Fergie, made the comments when featuring as People’s cover star this week (pictured) – in which she posed on the front of the magazine in a statement black blazer and white shirt combo
In the new interview ahead of the release of her Mills & Boon novel next month, the Duchess poses in photos thought to be taken at her Royal Lodge home in Windsor.
Snaps who her leaning against a tree, dressed in a striking brown ensemble, featuring a plunging V-neckline and see-through sleeves.
The new grandmother to Eugenie’s 5-month-old son, August, said that since turning 61 last October, she has ‘gotten out of her own way’ and really become Sarah.
‘I’ve really become Sarah. The Duchess is there. Good old Fergie’s there too. But Sarah is authentically present,’ she explained.
The Princess of Wales and the Duchess of York on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Trooping the Colour ceremony, June 1991
The duchess confessed that her Fergie persona – the lively redhead who stole the spotlight in 1985 at age 26 when she started dating the Queen’s second son, Prince Andrew – is now a stark contrast to the calm she tries to achieve.
‘When you have a sense of humour and you’re a redhead, everyone takes you for a big hurricane,’ she said. ‘But sometimes, you don’t always want to be the storm.’
During her time in the limelight, the mother-of-two admitted she often had an ‘extraordinary fear of getting it wrong’, but now realises ‘being Sarah is just enough’.
Finding herself came as she wrote her novel, Her Heart for a Compass, a coming-of-age story set to be released on 3rd August about one of Sarah’s ancestors, Lady Margaret Montagu Douglas Scott.
Whilst the duchess has written many bestselling children’s books and several works of non-fiction, her latest piece is her first historical fiction novel aimed at adults.
The Duchess of York pictured with her daughters Princess Beatrice, 32, and Princess Eugenie, 31, and her ex-husband Prince Andrew
It is described as an ‘immersive historical saga’ that ‘sweeps the reader from the drawing rooms of Victoria’s court and the grand country houses of Scotland and Ireland, to the slums of London and the mercantile bustle of 1870s New York’.
The duchess also spoke about her former husband, who she still lives with, explaining she stands firm to the co-parents they are together and labelling him a ‘fabulous father’.
It comes following the fallout from ex-husband Andrew’s friendship with American financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
The prince, who stepped back from royal duties in 2019, has denied any wrongdoing as well as any knowledge of the late Epstein’s crimes.