Sarah Ferguson speaks out on Duchess Meghan and why she would marry Prince Andrew 'all over again'
Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, has spent most of her adult life in the public spotlight, first as the wife of Prince Andrew and then as a popular British tabloid target.
A few decades later, another new royal bride, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex became the tabloid target when she married Ferguson's nephew Prince Harry in 2018.
"I believe that everyone has a right to their own vote and there should be no judgment about race, creed, skin color or other denominations," Ferguson told Good Morning America about the treatment of Meghan by the press Harry joined from her senior royal roles last year and moved to California.
"Personally, I could never judge anyone else, so I'm just not like that," she said. "I wish Harry and Meghan so good luck, and I know [the late Princess] Diana would be so proud of their sons and their wives."
PHOTO: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit the UK High Commissioner's residence in Johannesburg, South Africa, October 2, 2019. (WireImage via Getty Images, FILE)
Ferguson - whose last chapter in life is the author of the new novel "Her Heart for a Compass" - was a close friend of Princess Diana, her sister-in-law in the British royal family. Although the two are in the British press, she calls Diana her best friend.
Diana, mother of Princes William and Harry, died in a car accident in Paris in 1997, but Ferguson said she kept her friend's memory alive to this day.
"She is in my heart," Ferguson said of the late princess, whom she calls her "laughing friend".
"I always say, it doesn't matter whether you get the love back or not, or it's here or it's not here, you can still love and keep the kindness," she said
"I loved Diana and I will always love her even when she is not here in person. It's a really nice thing," she said.
PHOTO: In this file photo dated June 3, 1987, Sarah, the Duchess of York and Diana, Princess of Wales attend Derby Day at Epsom Downs Racecourse in Epsom, Surrey, England. (PA Pictures via Getty Images, FILE)
Ferguson, now 61 and a grandmother to one with another, said she also imagines what life would be like now with Diana, whose two sons have five children together.
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"If she were here, we'd race to the bouncy castle with our grandchildren," said Ferguson. "The funny thing is that we ran the egg and spoon race with our grandchildren. She was always a better and faster runner than me."
Find your voice by writing
Ferguson used her own journey in the limelight to write her first novel, set in the Victorian era and based on her distant relative, Lady Margaret.
"Lady Margaret is an extremely wonderful, strong, very resilient redhead who fights for her heart ... against extraordinary limits of what is considered noble and dutiful," she said. "I think I couldn't write this and I couldn't explain it if I hadn't had the hint of fighting my own journey through my own compass of my own heart."
"She had no voice," added Ferguson. "So it's about literacy, strengthening, strengthening the voice of a woman who has been locked up."
Ferguson said she was learning in her own life to express herself and not be a self-described "please people" and said, "I don't think I've really spoken properly until now."
In the novel, Margaret is portrayed as having a complicated but honest relationship with her mother, a relationship Ferguson said she never had with her own mother.
"I was so young when she left me," said Ferguson. "And then my sister went to Australia, so when I was 13 or 14 I became the head of the house.
Ferguson spoke to "GMA" while engaging in one of her favorite activities, horse riding, which she relied on as a child to stabilize her life.
"My ponies helped me a lot when my mother moved to Argentina because they were my friends," she said, describing them as "consistent" and "steadfast". “You're not going anywhere and haven't answered. They are just so special. "
Taking life 'one step at a time'
Despite having a difficult time as a member of the British royal family, Ferguson remains an ardent supporter of the monarchy.
"I'm a fan of the number one monarchy," she said. "And I stand very much for the Queen's extraordinary steadfastness."
She also speaks fondly of Prince Andrew, whom she married in 1986 and divorced a decade later, despite the fact that the two are very close.
"He's a great man and [our wedding anniversary] was the best day of my life," she said. "I would do it again and again because he was a very good looking sailor, but I fell in love with him and I think love conquers everything."
Andrew, who shares two daughters with Ferguson, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, has come under intense scrutiny over his relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who died in prison in 2019.
Andrew, Queen Elizabeth's third child, made a statement in a 2019 BBC interview, categorically denying allegations that he had sex on multiple occasions with an American teenager who claimed she was sold to the Prince on Epstein's orders. Shortly after the interview, Andrew announced under heavy criticism that he would be stepping down from his public duties "for the foreseeable future".
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When asked how she found resilience in the face of personal dramas and tabloid scandals, Ferguson said she learned to go "one step at a time."
“Just look at it. What do I have to learn from this? How do i feel? [You] apologize profusely to yourself, to others, mostly to yourself, that you may have let yourself down, and you move forward and you move forward and you take one step at a time, "she said." Me have often self-destructed, but the most important thing is to get up and go. "
Ferguson also pays tribute to the American public for helping them regain a foothold after she and Andrew divorced. She credits the Americans with welcoming them and assisting them in various endeavors, including working with WW, formerly Weight Watchers.
"So I want to thank the American people for giving me a life," she said. "And they gave me the chance to have a platform to talk to and say, 'Be yourself'."
Regarding her ability to constantly develop, both personally and professionally, Ferguson added, "I'm 61. I'm just starting my life."
Sarah Ferguson talks about Duchess Meghan and why she would marry Prince Andrew "again" originally appeared on goodmorningamerica.com
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