Sarah Ferguson says 'extraordinary' Queen is her 'doing well'

Sarah Ferguson says ‘extraordinary’ Queen is ‘doing well’ and insists she’s still ‘close like glue’ with ex-husband Prince Andrew in interview with French magazine

  • Sarah Ferguson said the Queen is ‘doing well’ as she described her as an ‘icon’ 
  • Added divorce from Prince Andrew was ‘the hardest thing she’s every done’ 
  • Comes as the Queen was forced to miss engagement due to ill health

Sarah Ferguson has said the Queen is ‘doing well’ as she described her mother-in-law as ‘an icon’  saying she has to ‘pinch herself’ to remind herself how lucky she is.

Speaking to French magazine Paris Match, the Duchess of York, 62, described Her Majesty as ‘an extraordinary woman’ and said that her divorce from Prince Andrew, 61, was the ‘hardest thing she’s ever done’ but insisted the former couple are ‘still close like glue’.

The mother of Princess Eugenie, 31 and Princess Beatrice, 33, was giving an interview about her book Her Heart for a Compass, which is now available in a French.

Sarah Ferguson has said the Queen is ‘doing well’ as she described her mother-in-law as ‘an icon’ saying she has to ‘pinch herself’ to remind herself how lucky she is

The news about the Queen’s health comes as she was seen this week conducting her first in-person engagement for month following her recent health issues. 

Her Majesty earlier warned that ‘none of us can slow the passage of time’ via a speech delivered by the Earl of Wessex after the monarch failed to address the Church of England’s national assembly for the first time in her 69-year reign. 

Speaking today, The Duchess of York, who is known as ‘Fergie’ said: ‘She is doing well. She is my icon. When I see her, I pinch myself to remind myself how lucky I am. She is an extraordinary woman’.

The royal, who still lives at the Royal Lodge in Windsor with Prince Andrew, added her divorce was ‘the hardest thing she’s ever been through’ because ‘she’s not the type to give up’. 

The royal, who still lives at the Royal Lodge in Windsor with Prince Andrew, added her divorce was ‘the hardest thing she’s ever been through’ because ‘she’s not the type to give up’. The Queen and the Duke and Duchess of York are pictured in 1987 at the Royal Windsor Horse Show

‘Andrew and I have managed to preserve our friendship and the duty that was ours. As I often say, we prioritise the three Cs: communication, compromise and compassion.’

It comes as she spoke to French radio show C a vous on France 5, where she told presenters she was ‘close like glue’ to Andrew, while she also described her daughters as ‘coolest’ saying they are a ‘tripod’. 

‘I’m delighted to have married the best man on 23 July 1986, so I support him and I support everything that is right,’ she added. 

She also spoke of her sons-in-law, saying Beatrice’s husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi is ‘very handsome’.

On Eugenie’s husband Jack Brooksbank she added:  ‘He sells Tequila so the mother-in-law is happy’ 

The Duchess of York pictured with her daughters Princess Beatrice, 32, and Princess Eugenie, 31, and her ex-husband Prince Andrew

The Duchess of York’s Her Heart For A Compass, which draws on Sarah’s own life journey and incorporates research into her ancestry, is a fictional account of the life of the duchess’s great-great-aunt Lady Margaret Montagu Douglas-Scott.

It was co-written with Marguerite Kaye, who has written more than 50 historical romances set in a variety of eras.

However, it received mostly negative reviews in the press after hitting the shelves in August.

Critics branded the book ‘boring’ and a ‘slog’ with an ‘insipid’ main character and a tone that jumps between ‘archaic and contemporary’. Almost all commented on the lack of sex and said it was at the ‘PG end’ of Mills & Boon.

But at the time, Sarah said she and co-author Margarete Kaye, who has written more than 60 books, remained ‘unified’ behind the work.

She is due to publish her second historical romance novel, which will again be co-written with Kaye, in 2022.

 

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