SARAH FERGUSON was “deeply upset” at the harsh criticism levelled at her in the early days of her marriage to Prince Andrew, and in ”desperation” turned to Princess Anne, according to a royal biographer.
Sarah Ferguson – affectionately known as Fergie – married Prince Andrew in July 1986, and although the pair have been divorced since 1996 the Duke and Duchess of York have still been receiving many wedding anniversary wishes from fans this month. The York family have been in the spotlight recently after Princess Eugenie’s stunning royal wedding last October, and rumours that her sister Princess Beatrice may be the next to announce a wedding of her own. However, Fergie has faced a barrage of criticism over the years, and she spoke to a royal author about one particular charge that deeply upset her.
Royal biographer Ingrid Seward interviewed Fergie for her 1991 book “Sarah: HRH The Duchess of York”.
Ms Seward wrote: “At one stage shortly after her marriage the Duchess was having a particularly hard time from her critics.
“She was accused of being ‘parasite’ who spent all her time on holiday.
“The charge upset her deeply.”
The Duchess of York told the author: “What can I do? Andrew tells me to take no notice, but he’s away on his ship, not in the midst of things.”
In desperation she asked her Equerry to speak to the Princess Royal’s private secretary, to enquire if there were any requests Anna was unable to fulfil, that Sarah could reasonably do instead.”
However, Fergie also confided that at the time she felt caught between Princess Anne and Princess Diana and wanted to find her own niche in the Royal Family.
She said to Ms Seward: “What can I do?
“Anne has the Third World and Diana has Birthright.
“I need to be involved too.”
The author continued: “Sarah’s ambition is to find a niche for herself within the working scope available to members of the Royal Family.”
Although the Duchess of York has not been a member of the Royal Family since her 1996 divorce from Prince Andrew, she does continue to serve as patron of a number of charities.
The Duchess founded Street Child in 1993, and Princess Beatrice now works as global ambassador for the charity.
She also co-founded Key to Freedom with Prince Andrew in 2012, which helps vulnerable women in India.