Royal REVOLUTION: Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton benefit from Sarah Ferguson rebellion
Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton have benefited from a Sarah Ferguson rebellion after she rewrote strict royal protocol around speeches, it has emerged.
Sarah Ferguson married Prince Andrew in July 1986, and the couple became the Duke and Duchess of York. Fergie and Andrew were beloved by many people all over the world for their candid displays of affection and their relaxed attitudes while on royal duties. While controversial at the time, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice’s mother’s persona helped revolutionise certain aspects of royal life.
This includes royal protocol on public speaking, which the couple re-wrote during their royal tour of Canada in 1987, documentary “Diana and Sarah: Royal Wives of Windsor” has revealed.
During the farewell dinner in Canada, Andrew stepped down from the stand and allowed his wife to “have the last word” with her own comical speech.
This controversial move was a first, and something that changed the role of royal women forever.
Addressing the public, the Duchess said: “I could not go through a whole tour letting my dear husband of a year and a day do all the public speaking. So we agreed, for once, that I should have the last word tonight.”
This historically significant moment has helped pave the way for the likes of Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton to take the microphone off husbands Prince Harry and Prince William and express their own ideas and passions.
The Duchess of Sussex, for example, married into the royal family less than a year ago, and is already showing a passion for speaking publicly about causes she personally feels strongly about.
Most recently, the former Suits star took the lead during the royal tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand as she gave an emotional address at the University of the South Pacific in Suva about the importance of education in young women.
In the same way, the Duchess of Cambridge has had her share of significant speeches during her time in the royal family.