- Sarah Ferguson is opening up about her struggle with her mental health, relationship with Princess Diana and more in a new interview.
- The Duchess of York became part of the royal family when she married Prince Andrew in 1986.
- She tells People magazine she believes Diana "would be very proud of her sons and their wives". "And she would be just like me, obsessed with her grandchildren. Because that's what she loved."
Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, married Queen Elizabeth II's son, Prince Andrew in 1986. She went on to welcome two children with the duke, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, before the two went their separate ways. And though they're on good terms now, much like her sister-in-law, Diana, Fergie knows all too well what it's like to have every detail of her life splashed across papers around the world.
Sarah, People magazine's cover star and story this week amid the release of her debut novel, Her Heart for a Compass, out on 3 August, says when her daughters questioned why they couldn't do certain things growing up, she would tell them: "Well, I've already made those mistakes. The world's press has written about my mistakes, so you don't need to make them now. So I've gone ahead of you to clear the way so that you can dream and grow and be who you are."
Beatrice and Eugenie grew up alongside their cousins, William and Harry – and the Duchess of York says her friend Diana would have so much pride seeing how her sons turned out.
"She would be very proud of her sons and their wives. And she would be just like me, obsessed with her grandchildren. Because that's what she loved."
Fergie says: "[Diana] adored my girls. She adored the boys. This would be her haven. Her heaven."
She adds: "If she were sitting with me right now, I know she would say, 'I am so proud of both of my boys and the wonderful wives they have chosen. Because each has got her own voice."
On her rumoured fued with Diana she says it was the press who pitted them against one another.
"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."
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