Royal rift: How Sarah Ferguson felt caught between Princess Anne and Princess Diana

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SARAH FERGUSON joined the Royal Family in 1986, but she struggled to find her own “niche” in the Firm beside the successes of Princess Diana and Princess Anne, she told a royal biographer.

Sarah Ferguson – affectionately known as Fergie – married Prince Andrew in their spectacular 1986 royal wedding. When the Duchess of York joined the Royal Family, Princess Diana was a key support for the new royal bride. However, Fergie struggled to find her own “niche” within the Royal Family, unlike Diana and Princess Anne.

Royal biographer Ingrid Seward, in her 1991 book “Sarah: HRH the Duchess of York”, spoke to Fergie herself.

She told the author: “What can I do?

“Anne has the Third World and Diana has Birthright.

“I need to be involved too.”

Fergie felt that Princess Diana and Princess Anne had both carved out niches for themselves Image Getty
Fergie felt that Princess Diana and Princess Anne had both carved out niches for themselves Image Getty

Fergie felt that Princess Diana and Princess Anne had both carved out niches for themselves (Image: Getty)

Princess Diana and Sarah Ferguson together in Image Getty
Princess Diana and Sarah Ferguson together in Image Getty

Princess Diana and Sarah Ferguson together in 1897 (Image: Getty)

Sarah Ferguson and Princess Anne in Image Getty
Sarah Ferguson and Princess Anne in Image Getty

Sarah Ferguson and Princess Anne in 1991 (Image: Getty)

Princess Anne is perhaps most well-known for her patronage of Save the Children, and she has been president of the charity since 1970.

The Princess Royal was even nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 1990 for her work with children around the globe.

Meanwhile, Princess Diana was particularly associated with Birthright – now renamed Wellbeing of Women – and later became memorably involved in AIDs research and anti-landmine causes.

Ms Seward continues: “Sarah’s ambition is to find a niche for herself within the working scope available to members of the Royal Family.

“She does not want to be patron of dozens of charities just for the sake of it.

“She would rather channel her interests.”

Although the Duchess of York has not been a member of the Royal Family since her 1996 divorce from Prince Andrew, she does continue to serve as patron of a number of charities.

The Duchess founded Street Child in 1993, and Princess Beatrice now works as global ambassador for the charity.

She also co-founded Key to Freedom with Prince Andrew in 2012, which helps vulnerable women in India.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK