The Duchess of York has said she is ‘a great supporter of Oprah Winfrey’ as she discussed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s ‘truthbomb’ interview about Megxit.
Like the Duchess of Sussex, 39, Sarah ‘Fergie’ Ferguson, 61, has also poured her heart out to the media mogul, laying bare her emotional struggles and inability to cope with media attention in interviews in 1996 and 2010.
Fergie has now revealed Oprah ‘helped her greatly’ when she was interviewed by her in the US, telling The Telegraph: ‘I’m a great supporter of Oprah and everything that she does…I wouldn’t presume to give advice to the Duke, 36, and Duchess of Sussex except to say to be happy.’
During an explosive chat with Oprah in March, Meghan claimed her sister-in-law Kate Middleton made her cry before she married Harry as the couple, there was ‘concern’ over Archie’s skin colour from members of the royal family and that she was ‘silenced’ by The Firm.
The Duchess of York has said she is ‘a great supporter of Oprah Winfrey’ as she discussed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s explosive interview about Megxit
Elsewhere in the same interview, Fergie touched on the challenges that Harry and Meghan have faced, saying: ‘I did have to make my own way in the world when I left the family, and it is not always easy.’
The mother-of-two also spoke about her relationship with Prince Andrew, whom she lives with at the Royal Lodge in Windsor.
She said they are ‘the most contented divorced couple in the world’, adding: ‘We are co-parents who support each other and believe that family is everything.’
Meanwhile she refused to rule out the possibility of re-marrying the Duke of York, instead saying they are ‘happy’ with their current set-up.
In the year she divorced Andrew, Sarah appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, and returned three years later in 1999.
During her first stint she was less than flattering about her life within the royal fold, telling the host: ‘It’s not a fairytale, it’s real life in there – they [the royals] think it’s real life in there.’
During an explosive chat with Oprah in March, Meghan claimed her sister-in-law Kate Middleton made her cry before she married Harry as the couple, there was ‘concern’ over Archie’s skin colour from members of the royal family and that she was ‘silenced’ by The Firm
Asked by the host: ‘You’re sitting in the Palace and you felt a sense of hatred for yourself? That doesn’t compute in our Princess Cinderella Duchess mind?’
Sarah replied: ‘That is the fairytale, but then comes the realism that you didn’t marry the fairytale, you fell in love and you married a man, and then you’ve got to come to terms with the fairytale.’
When Oprah suggested to live a royal life means you ‘ultimately lose yourself’ to ‘play the game’, Sarah replied: ‘You get out there and you play by the rules.’
In 2010 she was interviewed for a special episode on the same show, entitled Oprah and Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, in which she discussed the ‘cash for access’ scandal.
Like the Duchess of Sussex, Fergie has also poured her heart out to the media mogul, laying bare her emotional struggles and inability to cope with media attention in interviews in 1996 and 2010 (pictured together)
The following year Sarah took part in Oprah Winfrey’s mini-series Finding Sarah, a reality show in which cameras followed the Duchess around in her every day life.
In an emotional clip, a tearful Duchess discusses how the press ‘turned on her’, causing her ‘self-sabotage to kick in’.
After courting Meghan for an interview since her wedding, Oprah finally got to quiz the Sussexes in March – and like Fergie, Meghan didn’t hold back, telling the chatshow host her life as a British royal was so lonely and isolating that at one stage she ‘didn’t want to be alive anymore’.
Having given Oprah a tour of her and Harry’s Montecito mansion’s garden, she went on to describe herself as the victim of an image-obsessed Buckingham Palace and an ‘outdated’ press which subjected her to a ‘character assassination’.
The couple also claimed a senior royal had ‘concerns and conversations; about how dark their son Archie’s skin would be.
Meanwhile Fergie also said she and Prince Andrew are ‘the most contented divorced couple in the world’
Fergie’s comments come after a US-born viscountess claimed in a new documentary that Meghan struggled to ‘switch off’ the American dream’ and understand her ‘duty was to the Queen’.
Meghan at 40: The Climb to Power, aired on Channel 5 on last night ahead of The Duchess of Sussex’ landmark birthday on 4th August, and explored the former Suits star’s life from being born in California to her relationship with The Firm today.
Speaking in the programme Julie Montagu, who was born in Illinois but moved to the UK 16 years ago when she married Luke Timothy Charles Montagu, Viscount Hinchingbrooke, the son of the 11th Earl of Sandwich, explained that Meghan’s struggle with her in-laws came from an inability to ‘let go’ of American ideals.
‘You can’t really be anything you want to be or do anything you want to do or say anything you want to say,’ Viscountess Hinchingbrooke explained.
‘Your duty is to the Queen and that’s very difficult for someone like Meghan.
‘To switch off that American dream off and accept “now you have to do what we say” is difficult.
‘It’s difficult to have love and duty work simultaneously and together and that’s what Harry and Meghan wanted in negations with the Queen, this synergy, that they can make work, but the Queen said no.’
Fergie’s comments come after a US-born viscountess claimed in a new documentary that Meghan struggled to ‘switch off’ the American dream’ and understand her ‘duty was to the Queen’
The documentary also claims that Meghan and Harry gave their ‘truth bomb’ interview to Oprah because they ‘expected an apology’ from the royal family.
‘I think she felt it was an opportunity for her to not only share it with the world, but she hoped the royal family was actually listening,’ Lady Julie added.
‘It’s difficult to pinpoint why she did it,’ Julie went on ‘ but I think it’s clear they were angry’.
Royal author Tom Quinn also told the documentary: ‘I think they were hoping for an apology, they were hoping they would phone and say, “We’re sorry we push you too far, we should have sat you down and spoke about your mental health issue”.
‘I think she was horrified that the reaction was so negative from the family and they didn’t respond in the way she wanted,’ he added.