QUEEN Elizabeth II “took to” Sarah Ferguson more than she did Princess Diana, sparking a “jealousy” between the Duchess of York and the People’s Princess, a biography claims.
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Sarah Ferguson and Princess Diana were once very close friends, but famously fell out a year before Diana’s death in 1997. When the Duchess of York, also known as Fergie, became a part of the royal family, she was considered a breath of fresh air because of her cheekiness and wacky outfits. Diana was under criticism for her lavish wardrobe and for upstaging the Prince of Wales.
In “Prince Andrew: The War Hero from Buckingham Palace” by Jessica Jayne, the author claims, “Fergie was everything the British loves in a woman”.
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The book, published in 2012, describes Fergie as “jolly good fun and was not afraid to have a good time”.
Ms Jayne reveals: “She also didn’t mind having a bad fashion sense or being cheeky and poking fun at staid tradition.
“She was the ally that Diana found in the royal family.”
The biography claims: “Before she arrived, Diana had felt isolated because Prince Charles had his own circle of friends and hobbies and was not really close to the Queen.”
The press was determined to build Fergie up, at the same time they were tearing Diana down.
Soon Diana began to distance herself and Fergie eventually experienced the sting of the press.
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In “The Queen: Volume 2” by Ben Pimlott in 2002, the author describes how “the royal family really took to Fergie, more than they ever did to Diana”.
The Queen “liked the way she used to sit with her legs apart, making jokes,” a friend of the monarch told her biographer Ben Pimlott.
Mr Pimlott adds: “Sometimes the duchess was invited to dine with the queen alone when Andrew was away.”
However, they both envied the other as Diana was the poised beauty and Fergie was the energetic charmer.
“I got terribly jealous and she got jealous of me,” Diana told biographer Andrew Morton.
“I couldn’t understand it – she was actually enjoying being where she was, whereas I was fighting to survive.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK