Sarah Ferguson has said she believes ‘forgiveness is key’ when it comes to ‘family unity’ with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in a new interview.
During a 60-mintue ‘conversation’ with Glamour editor Samantha Barry, the 63-year-old was asked about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who are currently living in their $14 million mansion in California.
She noted that Harry’s late mother Princess Diana would be ‘so proud’ of her children and grandchildren – adding that she believes King Charles feels the same way.
She said: ‘Diana and I, we played a lot and had a great time and I feel really strongly – and so would the King – [that she would] be so proud of the grandchildren. And of the family.
‘And I do believe in family unity. I think forgiveness is key.’
Sarah Ferguson has said she believes ‘forgiveness is key’ when it comes to ‘family unity’ with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in a new interview
During a 60-mintue ‘conversation’ with Glamour editor Samantha Barry, the 63-year-old was asked about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who are currently living in their $14 million mansion in California (pictured, with Charles and Camilla)
The relationship between the Duke of Sussex and other members of the royal family has been fraught with tension after Megxit, when Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle quit as working royals, made a number of sometimes spurious claims about the Firm and moved to a $14million mansion in California.
Since then, they have released a number of explosive interviews, as well as a bombshell Netflix series and Harry’s memoir, Spare.
In January, Prince Harry demanded the Royal Family apologise to Meghan after he claimed his family were treating him as if he were ‘delusional and paranoid’.
The prince said: ‘You know what you did, and I now know why you did it. And you’ve been caught out, so just come clean.’
In an interview with The Telegraph before the official launch of his book earlier this week, Harry appeared to blame his family for the feud.
He said: ‘It was all so avoidable. But they just couldn’t help themselves.’
But while Fergie might suggest forgiveness is key to family unity, royal experts have previously suggested others feel Harry should apologise to them.
Vanity Fair’s Katie Nicholl has said the 40-year-old heir to the throne Prince William ‘can’t forgive Harry’ because Megxit ‘moved Kate Middleton and their young family onto world stage earlier than expected’.
During the interview, she noted that Harry’s late mother Princess Diana would be ‘so proud’ of her children and grandchildren – adding that she believes King Charles feels the same way
Royal expert Nicholl told US Weekly: ‘It had a huge impact on him, on Catherine, on their young family.
‘It put them in that prime sort of centre. It moved them centre-stage far sooner than they would otherwise have been.’
She added: ‘A lot of it was how he chose to do that and what William saw as great disrespect to the institution and to his, to his family, to his grandmother.’
Elsewhere, Fergie – who has been candid in her support of Andrew over the past few years – was unusually coy about their relationship when grilled about it during an event to promote her new romance novel, A Most Intriguing Lady.
Fergie covered all manner of topics – but shied away from sharing any in-depth details about her former spouse, whom she divorced in 1996.
‘I feel that he’s… I did… in 1986 I married a very good man. Zip,’ she said when asked about her close connection with Andrew, 63, who has – as Samantha noted – ‘had a difficult few years’, having fallen from grace as a result of his friendship with pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and a multi-million-pound settlement he paid to his sex abuse accuser Virginia Giuffre.
Sarah has once again jumped to the support of her disgraced ex-husband Prince Andrew, describing him as a ‘good man’ while taking part in an event to promote her new book
The 63-year-old was unusually coy about her relationship with Andrew, 63, when grilled about it during a conversation with Glamour editor Samantha Barry at the 92nd Street Y
Although Fergie was reluctant to discuss Andrew, she was much more verbose when it came to praising her late mother-in-law, the Queen, describing her as being ‘more my mother than my mother’.
‘The Queen was like a hand of support behind your back without being there,’ she said.
‘For the whole nation, for the world. Steadfast, consistent, iconic. [She had an] extraordinary ability to put someone at ease. I still now think it was such an honor [to have known her].’
The Duchess of York’s close relationship with the Queen was cemented when it was revealed that Her Majesty had left her beloved corgis to Sarah after her death.
‘They’re very good boys, they’re very gentle,’ Fergie said of the pups. ‘I think they knew that they weren’t to jump up and be naughty. They used to sit and watch the racing with her. And when you give them a biscuit, they don’t snatch. They’re very special, they’re national treasures.’
However, taking on the care of two ‘national treasures’ has – the Duchess joked – been somewhat ‘terrifying’ because she admits she constantly panics that they’re going to get injured on her watch.
Although Fergie was reluctant to discuss Andrew, she was much more verbose when it came to praising her late mother-in-law, the Queen, describing her as being ‘more my mother than my mother’
The Duchess revealed that she hasn’t yet received an invitation to the coronation – joking that it’s ‘TBD’ whether she will end up being in attendance
The royal sat down for a ‘conversation’ with Glamour editor Samantha Barry to discuss her upcoming romance book, A Most Intriguing Lady
But Fergie’s close bond with the Queen and her ongoing role within the peripheries of the Monarchy have not managed to secure her an invitation to what will likely be the biggest royal event of the year: King Charles’ coronation.
The Duchess revealed that she hasn’t yet received an invitation to the event – joking that it’s ‘TBD’ whether she will end up being in attendance.
‘The invitations haven’t gone out yet. Have they?’ she asked when questioned whether she plans to go.
She insisted that a lack of invitation does not bother her however, adding: ‘Well I’ve decided the best thing about being British around a coronation – although I’ve never been to one – I think we should, I should set up a tea room at the bottom of the drive with bunting and cakes.’
The Duchess of York donned a white jacket with a black pleated midi dress and knee high boots for the occasion
Fergie opted for a glamorous evening look for the evening, sweeping a touch of bronze eyeshadow across her lids and a touch of blush
The royal mother-of-two posed for snaps alongside her interviewer Samantha Barry at The 92nd Street in New York
Fergie was also very open in her praise of her two daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, describing them both as ‘exceptional’ while discussing the very close bond that the three of them share – particularly now that they have become mothers themselves.
‘I’m a brilliant mother. The best mother. I love my girlies, I’m so proud of them. They are exceptional children,’ she said.
‘I love seeing my girls, who are exceptional. And then on top of that these two little baby Eugenies, baby Beatrices. They look like my girls.’
She admitted that there was a time when her daughters were particularly worried about her, specifically when she was receiving a great deal of negative coverage in the press, because they knew that it was causing her ‘extraordinary pain’.
Fergie explained that the girls would be incredibly excited to see their mother on stage at the venue because it means that ‘mum’s back and mum’s OK’, adding: ‘If mum’s OK then they’re OK.’
Although Fergie was reluctant to discuss Andrew, she was quick to praise the late Queen (seen together in 1986), describing her as being ‘more my mother than my mother’
The Queen left Fergie her beloved corgis after she died and the Duchess of York said of the two dogs (pictured): ‘They’re very good boys, they’re very gentle’
The Duchess revealed that she hasn’t yet received an invitation to King Charles’ coronation (seen together in 1986) – joking that it’s ‘TBD’ whether she will end up being in attendance
Sarah was full of praise of her two daughters, Princess Beatrice (right) and Princess Eugenie (left) (seen together in 2016), describing them both as ‘exceptional’
The Duchess of York made a bold style statement as she arrived at the venue this evening ahead of her talk, which marks the latest in a lengthy line of public appearances to promote her new novel.
She was pictured arriving at the 92nd Street Y on the Upper East Side on Monday just moments before she was due to sit down for a ‘conversation’ with Glamour editor Samantha Barry to discuss her upcoming romance book, A Most Intriguing Lady.
Fergie opted for a funky ensemble for the evening’s event, donning a white studded jacket, which featured lace-up detailing along both sleeves.
She paired the statement piece with a black knee-length skirt and over-the-knee black boots, and she was seen carrying a pair of green reading glasses in her hands as she made her way inside the famed venue.
Fergie’s appearance at the 9nd Street Y comes as part of a lengthy publicity blitz to promote her new novel, which ‘draws upon historical characters and biographical elements from the Duchess’ life and family lineage’.
Thus far the mother-of-two has done a number of wide-ranging interviews during which she has addressed her ongoing role within the royal family – as well as her relationship with her disgraced ex-husband Prince Andrew, whom she split from in 1996.
In an interview published earlier today, Fergie revealed to Hello magazine that she is financially supporting Prince Andrew, who she says has not accepted any taxpayer money since he was removed as a working senior royal.
‘Since he stepped back [from royal duties] he doesn’t actually take taxpayers’ money,’ she told the publication. ‘And I’m in a position where I can support him and the rest of the family through my work. And I’m really pleased and proud to do that.’
She added: ‘All I will say is that for many years now – it started with Budgie the Little Helicopter – I’ve really pushed to look after my girls and to contribute to the York family life.’
Speaking to The Telegraph last week, the Duchess of York vowed that she will ‘always be there’ for her former spouse – because of her ongoing devotion to her late mother-in-law the Queen.
‘During the last three years, her poor son has been going through such a tumultuous time,’ she revealed. ‘And I think HM was very relieved I could help her with him, so we became even closer, then.’
Sarah made a bold style statement in New York this evening as she arrived at the 92nd Street Y
Fergie, 63, opted for a funky ensemble for the evening’s event, donning a white studded jacket, which featured lace-up detailing along both sleeves
The mother-of-two’s appearance at the 9nd Street Y comes as part of a lengthy publicity blitz to promote her new novel
The royal vouched that Her Majesty ‘knew’ Sarah wouldn’t abandon her youngest son.
She was ‘sad’ to see what the dishonored royal has been through, revealing that it was tough to see him hurting.
Sarah admitted she now feels the need to be stronger for others ‘at the moment’ because of the monarch’s passing.
‘When Andrew went through a hard time, I used to be able to throw it to The Boss,’ she wistfully told the outlet.
The Duchess was also full of praise for her ex-husband, admiring him as a grandfather and taking a slice of his favorite cake back home.
In the same interview, she opened up about her past struggles with body issues, being compared to Princess Diana, and feeling a sense of ‘duty’ to the Royal Family.
While speaking to People, Fergie opened up about the Sussexes’ controversial departure from the Monarchy, insisting that she has ‘no judgement’ on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leaving the Royal Family – despite the couple’s scathing attacks on ‘The Firm’.
‘I don’t believe that any single person has the right to judge another person. I’m not in a position myself to make any judgments,’ she said.
The Duke, 38, and Duchess of Sussex, 41, launched scathing attacks on the Royal Family in their Netflix documentary series and Harry’s memoir Spare – including publicly criticizing Sarah’s ex-husband Prince Andrew, labelling the Jeffrey Epstein affair ‘a shameful scandal’.
However, Sarah said: ‘I have been judged all my life, and I have no judgment on the Sussexes.’