Why Diana stopped talking to Fergie?
Sarah Ferguson and Princess Diana were close friends since they were youngsters, but their friendship is considered to have soured after Sarah published her first memoir in 1996. Up until the very end, the royal sisters-in-law’s relationship was tumultuous.
Princess Diana and Sarah Ferguson were close in the initial periods of their marriages.
How did Princess Diana meet Sarah Ferguson?
Since they were youngsters, the two had known one another, and their friendship only deepened after they both wed princes and became members of the royal family.
They routinely appeared together at social gatherings, like Ascot, and accompanied their kids on ski trips together, with Fergie constantly referring to Diana as her best friend.
Although Diana and Sarah were close, their youthfulness, sensitivity, and insecurity— both about themselves and their royal roles—led to some rivalry. Soon after her 1986 wedding, Sarah won over the Queen by obtaining her pilot’s licence. She also won over Prince Philip by learning to drive an open carriage, which is one of his favourite pastimes, and she excelled at sports that the royals liked, but Diana wasn’t good at them like skiing or horseback riding.
Diana admitted to her biographer Andrew Morton, that Sarah “wooed everybody in this family and did it so well. She left me looking like dirt.”
The princess continued that Prince Charles also told her, “I wish you would be like Fergie—all jolly.”
The two had not made amends when Diana passed away in August 1997. After attending her old friend’s funeral, Sarah admitted to Harper’s Bazaar that she and her friend had fought because they were like siblings. The worst part was that they didn’t speak for a year when it was all over.
Ferguson added that she tried, wrote letters, thinking whatever occurred didn’t matter, let’s straighten it out. She also knew she would return. In fact, Diana called a friend of hers’ one day before she passed away and asked, “Where’s that Red? I want to talk to her.”
Years later, Fergie told Town&Country, “I believe that Diana would be so proud of her boys and she’d be so proud of her grandchildren.”
What did Fergie say about Diana?
The Daily Mail claims that the rift’s cause was Sarah’s earlier autobiography, My Story.
Diana reportedly instructed her ex-sister-in-law to refrain from including any rumours regarding her in it before it was published.
However, Sarah added a distasteful anecdote that she developed a verruca by putting on a pair of Diana’s borrowed shoes- which caused the rift.
It is believed that Diana was upset with how her former sister-in-law described her in her book, which was published in November 1996. Sarah claimed years later that she had no knowledge why Diana had stopped talking to her that same year.
Are Princess Diana and Sarah Ferguson related?
Both Diana and Sarah were fourth cousins. They shared a common ancestor in William Cavendish, Fourth Duke of Devonshire. Their mothers had known one another since childhood and attended the same school, but the two women didn’t become close until they reconnected in 1980 when Diana was 19 and Sarah was 21.
When Princess Diana was a little girl, her parents got divorced, and her father took her in. Sadly, she and the Duchess of York, Sarah temporarily lost contact. Nevertheless, they would reunite one more right before Princess Diana joined the royal family.
In 1980, when the princess was 19 and the duchess was 21, Princess Diana and Sarah Ferguson got reconnected. As the princess got ready for her nuptials to Prince Charles, she and Fergie made time to share a meal every week. The future King of England and Princess Diana’s special day was attended by Fergie as well.
A few years later, when Fergie and Prince Andrew started dating, Princess Diana aided the duchess in navigating the complex customs and intricacies of the British Royal Family.
Sarah Ferguson wrote in her 1996 autobiography My Story: Sarah the Duchess of York, “She was two years younger than I, and I strove to support and protect her as I would a younger sister—as I still do today, as a best friend.”
Was Fergie a commoner?
Sarah was the daughter of a retired army major, Ronald Ferguson. He was Prince Charles’ polo manager.
Since she is the great-great-granddaughter of the 6th Duke of Buccleuch, also a great-granddaughter of the 8th Viscount Powerscourt, a descendant of the 1st Duke of Abercorn and the 4th Duke of Devonshire, and a great-great-granddaughter of the 1st Duke of Abercorn, she possesses aristocratic ancestry. Ferguson and Prince Andrew are distantly connected because they are both descendants of King James VI and I as well as the Duke of Devonshire.