She’s known for speaking her mind and saying controversial things, but Sarah Ferguson may have just gone a step too far.
The 62-year-old ex-wife of Prince Andrew has described herself as the “most persecuted” royal in a new interview with a French magazine.
“I was maybe the most persecuted woman in the history of the royal family, but I'm still here,” she told Madame Figaro. “The bruised reed that doesn't break is in my DNA.”
Of course, many would argue her trials and tribulations would pale in comparison to other royals such as Princess Diana, who died in a car crash in Paris in 1997 while being chased by paparazzi. And then there are the hapless wives of Henry VIII, two of whom who had their heads chopped off.
Fergie for her part has endured plenty of scandal. She was bust cheating on the Duke of York thanks to pictures involving a certain toe-sucking American in 1992, suffered high-profile bankruptcy and was outed for trying to sell “access” to Andrew by an undercover reporter in 2010.
She was also lambasted by the media over the years over her weight (even being dubbed the Duchess of Pork) and was often ridiculed for her clothing choices.
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Of her ex-husband, with whom she still lives at Royal Lodge in Windsor, she said she still loves him and is standing by him in light of the Jeffrey Epstein sex-scandal saga which currently sees the late paedophile’s ex-girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, on trial in New York for sex trafficking and grooming underage girls.
Andrew is one of the men who has been accused of having sex with a minor. The royal was good friends with Epstein and Maxwell, a former British socialite.
But Fergie remains devoutly loyal to the father of her daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie. “I loved him and I still love him today. I will stay by his side, because I believe in him. He is a good man.”
She says her daughters, both of whom became first-time mothers this year, remain her priority and she never misses any of their calls.
She also revealed that writing her latest novel – the Victorian-era romance Her Heart for a Compass, which she wrote during lockdown – was therapeutic and boosted her self-esteem.
The book, her first for adults, is based on the life of her great-great-aunt Lady Margaret Montagu Douglas Scott while drawing on the duchess' own experiences.
She said she'd love for it to be made into a French movie starring Léa Seydoux as the heroine Margaret, adding she's already approached a French production movie house.
Sources: dailymail.co.uk, mirror.co.uk, uk.style.yahoo.com