Sarah Ferguson heartbreak: Princess Beatrice’s biggest worry about her mother
Sarah, known among friends and royal fans as Fergie, said her daughter is worried she hasn’t been understood during her life. And, Fergie added, she herself agrees with her daughter’s analysis.
The Duchess of York poured her heart out in an interview to Vogue, where she dissected her relationship with the media, her new business venture and her mental health.
While discussing how her life has been under scrutiny since she joined the Royal Family, Fergie said: “Beatrice always says that I’m the most misunderstood person. I agree.”
Fergie married Prince Andrew in 1986, but their marriage broke down in 1992, after the Duchess was caught up in the now-notorious toe-sucking scandal.
This eventually led to the couple’s divorce in 1996, with Fergie losing her ‘HRH’ style and being cut off from the Royal Family.
Ever since, the Duchess of York has reinvented herself as a businesswoman, author of a successful series of children’s books and first founder then patron of a charity, Street Child, working to grant education to disadvantaged children.
Despite having worked outside of the Royal Family for decades, Fergie is still subjected to media scrutiny.
This, the Duchess believes, draws parallels between herself and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex.
She said: “It must be hard for Meghan, and I can relate to her.
“I believe she is modern and fabulous. She was famous before. She is great.
“Why can’t Meghan be great? Why can’t she be celebrated?
“Any advice for her? I tend not to give advice because it is taken out of context, but I have been in Meghan’s shoes, and I still am.
“There’s always a twist of negativity and it just gets so sad and tiring; it’s hard and mean.
“I abhor bullying and I feel desperately sorry for the pain they must be going through because I’ve been through it.”
Discussing how she has coped with the media attention, Fergie said she “eventually self-sabotaged”.
Also touching upon her wellbeing and mental health following the scandal, she continued: “I didn’t think of the ramifications of my actions.
“I was at the bottom of the barrel.
“It was almost as if I wanted to be unlovable.
“But when I was at the bottom I wrote the book, Finding Sarah.
“I sought a lot of help and opened up to my mistakes, very honestly to myself.
“I went on The Oprah Winfrey Show and made a six-episode mental health series, also called Finding Sarah, where I discussed my issues with people so it could be filmed, and so other people wouldn’t have to go through it.”
Fergie went on to speak about her daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, and how the public eye has also been focusing on them in the past years.
Explaining how she tried to shield them from it, Fergie said: “I used to say to anyone who came to see them, ‘Do not bring your problems to my girls.
“’It’s not their problem.’
“Leave the problems at the door, along with your ego.
“Why should they be persecuted?”
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