It’s been two decades since Sarah, Duchess of York last gave an in-depth interview about her personal life, but the woman best known as Fergie recently spent two days with journalist Frances Hardy and discussed everything from her friendship with the late Diana, to her daughter Eugenie’s recent wedding, and her very amicable divorce from Prince Andrew. We’ve always loved how outspoken and candid Sarah Ferguson was with the public, even if it didn’t always sit well with the Royal Family. We missed you, Fergie.
Speaking about her late friend Diana, Fergie offered a rare glimpse into the pair’s relationship. A fellow outsider to the royal family, Fergie and Diana formed a close bond, with the recent mother-of-the-bride remembering her late friend during Eugenie’s October 12 wedding to James Brooksbank.
“I thought of absent friends and family; of Diana — but she’s with me all the time. What I miss most is her tinkling laughter,” said Fergie. “Diana was my best friend and the funniest person I knew. She had such timing and wit. It was a total joy to be with her because we just laughed and enjoyed life so much, and I know she would have loved the wedding.”
Eugenie’s wedding caused a stir in the UK, with many feeling the public shouldn’t have to pay for the added security of a ceremony for someone who was far down the line of succession. Fergie didn’t comment on the controversy, instead focusing on the emotional aspects of the day. “I always went to weddings and thought, ‘Why is the mother-of-the-bride crying?’ But I completely understand why now. It’s because it’s so amazing to think your daughter is now grown up, leaving home and starting her own life,” said the Duchess. “I’d just sat down in the chapel and everyone saw me go ‘Phew’ because I’d managed not to slip over in my high heels; then I looked across and saw my sister (Jane) and I watched her face and there were tears — and I’m doing it again, I’m welling up now.”
The proud mother also discussed Eugenie showing off her scoliosis scar, a moment that made for a positive headline at the royal affair. “My proudest moment was watching Eugenie standing tall, very proud to show her scoliosis scar in her low-backed dress,” Fergie told Hardy. “I’d gone to all the fittings and sat there beaming with delight, and because there was no veil it was a very strong statement.”
During the two days she spent with Hardy, the topic of Fergie’s divorce from Prince Andrew came up, with the Duchess making her own conscious uncoupling statement, saying “We’re the happiest divorced couple in the world. We’re divorced to each other, not from each other.”
The pair, who continue to live together at the Royal Lodge, Windsor, maintain a close friendship. “We both say it. We are completely compatible. Our bywords are communication, compromise and compassion.”
Fergie dismisses claims that the couple will remarry, but that doesn’t diminish her affection for her ex. Calling their 1986 wedding the ‘happiest day of my life,’ Fergie says “Andrew is the best man I know. What he does for Britain is incredible; no one knows how hard he works for his country. My duty is to him. I am so proud of him. I stand by him and always will. The way we are is our fairy tale.”
Wow. Getting divorced to someone actually doesn’t sound that bad.