Sarah Ferguson has come a long way from being targeted by the tabloids.
Duchess of York Better known by the name Fergie, he recently wrote a historical novel, A Curious Lady. The book is the follow-up to her 2021 Victorian romance, Her Turn to a Compass, which is inspired by the life and love of her great aunt.
Recently, she has been on a successful media tour of the US, appearing on Good Morning America, The View, and The Kelly Clarkson Show among others.
“When it comes to tabloid scrutiny, Sarah is a living example of ‘keep calm and carry on,’” Kinsey Scofield, host of the “To Di For Daily” podcast, told Fox News Digital. Hope these into dollars!”
“Fergie’s decision to come to the US to work was ahead of the world of social media,” Scofield shared. “She intended not to embarrass or confuse the royal family with her professional endeavours. She did so by seeking employment in a foreign country. This was a considered and intelligent solution to her financial problems.”
During a recent appearance at the 92nd Street Y in New York City to promote her latest book, the 63-year-old said she had “a lot of mental issues” that she kept quiet.
“I always managed to hide [them] “Okay,” said the mother of Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie. [It was]They can’t love me. I have no self-esteem, so I have to make up. And that’s something I talk about very frankly.”
Ferguson, described by the press as a “freckled, bouncy socialite”, is the daughter of Major Ronald Ferguson, who was Prince Charles’ former polo manager. She is a descendant of the 17th-century King Charles II, and her maternal grandmother was Montagu Douglas-Scott of the Duke of Buccleuch.
Ferguson was a sales manager for a London graphics and printing firm when she W.J Charles’ younger brother, Prince AndrewThey announced their engagement in 1986. At the time, Prince said they had known each other since “we were four or five, but we noticed each other fairly recently.” In the lead-up to the engagement, Ferguson was attacked by reporters for weeks, just like her close friend Lady Diana Spencer in 1981.
The couple became the Duke and Duchess of York when they married in 1986 – but Ferguson’s life was far from a ‘happily ever after’.
“She faced intense scrutiny and criticism from the press in the early years of her marriage to Prince Andrew,” Royal expert Hilary Fordwich Fox News Digital said. She has been ridiculed for her weight, ill-fitting clothing, and lack of fashion sense with being referred to as ‘atypical territory.’ She has endured ridicule as the ‘duchess of ham’.
“While she has spoken at length about the harsh judgment of the British press and the trauma inflicted on the tabloids, she is certainly not the only member of the royal family who has received such treatment or weathered scrutiny and criticism,” Fordwych noted. “There is a kind of subtle ‘deal’ with the press. Royals are expected to serve, work hard and don’t expect a steady stream of positive publicity.
In 2007, Ferguson admitted that she had suffered from binge eating disorder since she was twelve years old. According to the evening’s standard, Ferguson described how her mother found solace in food after her mother left for Argentina. She also admitted that the press compared her For the glamorous Princess Diana It made her struggle with her weight. She said it was “absolutely intimidating” to follow a “brilliant star” like the Princess of Wales.
“Fergie, like Diana, was an original, a breath of fresh air, someone who for years had been Diana’s partner in crime, as she was — an outsider trying to shake up the crowded royal establishment,” Christopher Andersen, author of “the king,” Fox News Digital said.
“In the process, I was slandered in the press as sloppy, miserable, and unkempt,” he said. “While Diana dealt with a life-threatening eating disorder, Fergie was constantly mocked by the tabloids for being overweight… The fat-shaming was appalling and has persisted for years. This, coupled with it being constantly criticized by the same palace officials who bullied Diana, is the toll.” .
Ferguson also found herself alone. Andrew’s difficult naval career meant that the couple were often estranged, causing the early break-up of the marriage. Two weeks after the wedding, Andrew, who was thought to be stationed in London, was told otherwise.
“I had my first pregnancy alone,” she told Harper’s Bazaar in 2007. “When Beatrice was born, Andrew got 10 days of beach vacation, and when he left, and I cried, they all said, ‘Grow up and get in control.'”
“I married my son, who happened to be a prince and a sailor, because I loved him—and still do— [with] She added that my only condition was, “I have to be with you.”
Despite welcoming two daughters, the marriage could not be saved, and the couple legally separated in 1992. Later that year, Ferguson was hit with an explosive scandal when intimate photos of herself were made public. It was alleged that the Queen was furious and affected Ferguson’s relationship with Prince Philip. The Duke and Duchess of York’s divorce was finalized in 1996.
“Whatever success Fergie has had is born out of necessity,” Andersen explained. When she divorced Andrew in 1996, Fergie had to accept a $20,000 annual settlement to please the Queen. Fergie suddenly had to fend for herself. Back then there was no internet, no social media, no Netflix, no influencers — nobody from Types of profitable opportunities Meghan Markle expertly tapped itself.”
According to reports, Ferguson was estranged from the royal family after the photo scandal. She made it clear to Harper’s Bazaar that she wasn’t asking for a big settlement from the royal family — she simply wanted to be on good terms with her in-laws.
Ferguson recalled: “When I met Her Majesty about it, I asked, ‘What do you ask, Sarah?'” “I said, ‘Your friendship,’ and I think it startled her because everybody said I was going to demand a big settlement. But I wanted to be able to say, ‘Her Majesty is my friend’ — don’t fight her and the lawyers don’t say, ‘Look, she’s greedy. I left my marriage knowing I was going to work.'”
Ferguson went to work on launching her career. That year, she founded Hartmore, a lifestyle and wellness company. Over the years, she has also published her memoirs and authored several children’s books. As for her public image, she is best known as a spokeswoman for Weight Watchers. She currently campaigns for the Children in Crisis International charity and works on documentaries and historical films based on her interest in Victorian history. Additionally, she is the founder of Sarah’s Trust, a non-profit foundation that supports charities around the world.
“Once she was divorced from Andrew and ditched from the inner royal circle, Fergie was free to pursue a career as an author of children’s books, sell her line of beauty products on QVC and start lecturing,” Andersen said. Her ultimate revenge came in the late 1990s when she lost 50 pounds and began doing TV commercials for Weight Watchers.
“She recently stated that the stalking and derision from popular media made her stronger and helped her transform herself, carving out her own identity as an author,” Fordwich said. “She learned to ignore the press and focus instead on her goals and passions. Her strong family support system and close friends supported her.”
Fordwich noted that “the main reason for her partial redemption was her devotion to philanthropy, which had long been admired by both the Royal Family and the British public, as well as her commitment to helping children, so tabloid.”
Schofield said she was impressed by Ferguson’s determination to have a close relationship with the Queen. After the Queen’s death in SeptemberA palace spokesperson confirmed that two of her surviving dogs, Sandy and Moeke, will live with Ferguson and her ex-husband. The Queen’s adorable dogs were gifted by the couple, along with their daughters.
She hopes for the next chapter in Ferguson’s life.
“I think the secret of her success is staying in the shadows until she has something to promote or something of value to say,” Scofield said. “Fergie understands the ambiguity required to stay relevant. She’s also become a master at reinventing herself.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.