Princess Diana and Sarah Ferguson – an unlikely friendship just like Kate and Meghan
Princess Diana’s close but unlikely friendship with Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, has been revealed in a never-before-seen photograph.
The remarkable archive image, taken at the Guards Polo Club in Egham, Surrey in 1982, captures the tight-knit bond between the pair.
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At the time, Sarah Ferguson was not yet a member of the Royal Family and did not begin dating future husband Prince Andrew until 1985.
But she struck up a close friendship with Diana, similar to the bond between Meghan Markleand Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge.
The pair, then aged in their early 20s, were often spotted together watching polo and horse-racing.
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Princess Diana even played matchmaker by introducing Fergie to Prince Andrew at a party at Windsor Castle held after the Ascot races.
When Fergie married Andrew in 1986, following a whirlwind romance, Diana helped her settle into the Royal Family.
Speaking about their friendship, royal commentator Ingrid Seward said earlier this year: “They were very close.
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“Diana introduced Fergie to Andrew and the first time they were in public together he took her to Royal Ascot.
“Diana was thrilled as at last she had a friend on the inside.
“They did mad things together like stealing the Queen Mum’s Daimler and driving it at breakneck speed around the driveway at Balmoral.
“They laughed, and Diana needed to laugh.”
The image of the pair at Guards Polo Club was taken by trusted Royal photographer John Scott, who died in 1986.
Diana was thrilled as at last she had a friend on the inside
Scott’s archive is being sold by his assistant Judy Appelbee, and is expected to fetch up to £10,000 at auction.
Other images in the collection include iconic snaps of Prince Charles and Princess Diana on honeymoon following their 1981 wedding.
Auctioneer David Lay said: “During my many years as an auctioneer we have handled quite a few photographic collections but this is undoubtedly one of the most remarkable archives I have ever seen.
“In the UK and indeed many other parts of the world, the fascination with the British Royals is unwavering and here we have an archive that documents four decades of their lives.
“The breadth and quality of the images is superb so really it is unparalleled in my experience.
“Looking through all the images in this archive, covering almost 40 years, it is possible to see the Royal family grow up before ones eyes.
“Everything is here, from childhood to maturity, diplomatic Royal engagements with all their pomp and ceremony to unguarded family moments between the Queen and her children.
“It is an astonishing collection of images.”
The auction takes place on June 14.
SOURCE: EXPRESS CO UK