‘Allow them to be who they are!’ Sarah Ferguson’s wish for grandchildren laid bare

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SARAH FERGUSON has laid bare what advice she would give her grandchildren as she insisted her ex-husband Prince Andrew is “a good man”.

She replied: “Well, August is 15 months and Sienna is eight months. I look at them already and I communicate with them… But I look at them and I think, ‘Oh goodness, always allow a child – or in my case, my grandchildren – to be who they are.

On their playtime habits, the Duchess added: “You know, if August wants to play with trains and tractors, he can. But if he wants to play with Barbies, that’s okay too.

“And at the moment, Sienna wants to play with cuddly teddy bears and very pink things. But if she wants to go play with trains and tractors, well then they can share, can’t they? So that’s all good.”

Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, attends the

Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, attends the Her Heart for a Compass book launch (Image: Getty)

 Princess Eugenie and son August Brooksbank attend the Platinum Pageant on The Mall

Princess Eugenie and son August Brooksbank attend the Platinum Pageant on The Mall (Image: Getty)

She continued: “I think that my advice to not just my grandchildren, but to my children too, is [to ask], ‘How do you feel? Does this make you happy? Do you feel like you are doing it because you wish to or are you trying to please or are you trying to overachieve? Where are you in all of this?”

In an interview with Times Radio, the Duchess said she strives to keep her family united in honour of the Queen’s own consistency, forgiveness and kindness.

She also insisted that Prince Andrew is a good and kind man and that she “takes her hat off” to Beatrice and Eugenie for the way they coped with the scandal surrounding the Duke of York.

On the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Sarah told Times Radio host Mariella Frostrup: “I absolutely adore her more than any single person I’ve ever met in my entire life.

Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi arriving ahead of day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse

Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi arriving ahead of day one of Royal Ascot (Image: PA)

Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York and Prince Andrew, Duke of York attend day four of Royal Ascot

Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, and Prince Andrew, Duke of York attend Royal Ascot in 2019 (Image: Getty)

“How extraordinary she’s been as a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and how lucky am I to be able to answer that question from a personal point of view.

“I think that’s probably one of the main reasons that I’m so supportive of keeping the York family united for Her Majesty.

“Because I’m so so inspired by her superpower of consistency, steadfastness, forgiveness and kindness – it’s beyond.”

“It was just extraordinary. I think my life is an amazing life. I’ve been very lucky, and I’m now just beginning my life again and I think it’s pretty cool to say that.”

Since the Yorks divorced in 1996, the Duchess has shared a home with Andrew in Royal Lodge, Windsor.

But she admitted that it is not her true home because of the time she spends overseas carrying out charity work.

The wedding of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey

The wedding of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey in 1986 (Image: Getty)

She said: “It would be very wrong to say it was my home. It’s a place where we are a united front with the girls. It’s their home and now my grandchildren come here.

“I will stand very firmly by [my belief that] Andrew is a very good and kind man, and that’s what I believe.

“We are divorced and I think it’s very important people realise I don’t spend much time here in England.”

When asked how Beatrice and Eugenie had coped with the fall-out from the Jeffrey Epstein scandal, the Duchess replied: “The girls… how they’ve coped.

Andrew stepped back from public life in the wake of the US civil court case, losing a number of military patronages and his HRH title.

The Duke of York did not appear in public at the Garter Day service in Windsor on Monday but was due to attend a private lunch and ceremony investing new members of the Order of the Garter.

It is understood that Andrew not taking part publicly in Garter Day was a “family decision”.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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