Sarah Ferguson follows in Camilla’s footsteps with new royal project


SARAH FERGUSON has followed in the footsteps of the Duchess of Cornwall with her newest royal project.

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The Duchess of York, 62, has launched a historical romance book club with publisher Mills & Boon. It comes following the release of Sarah’s first fictional historical romance novel, titled Her Heart For A Compass.

Fergie’s book was published by Mills & Boon in August.

The premise of the story draws on Sarah’s own life and incorporates research into her ancestry.

It is a fictional account of the life of the duchess’s great-great-aunt Lady Margaret Montagu Douglas-Scott.

The royal joined forces with historical romance fiction author Marguerite Kaye to co-write the novel which reached the top 10 on the Sunday Times bestseller list.

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Sarah Ferguson follows in Camilla’s footsteps with new royal project (Image: Getty)

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The Duchess of York has launched a historical romance book club with publisher Mills & Boon (Image: PA)

Ms Kaye is no stranger to the genre, having written more than 50 historical romances set in a variety of eras.

Speaking of her collaboration with the publisher, who have been publishing romance novels for over a century, Sarah said: “I am so excited to launch a historical romance book club with my publisher Mills & Boon.

“Like them, I’m passionate about telling women’s stories, giving those who have been silenced a voice and promoting women’s literacy.

“Too often, women’s lives can be overlooked by history.

“In my debut novel Her Heart For A Compass, I brought one such woman – my great-great aunt Lady Margaret Montagu Douglas-Scott – to life.”

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Sarah’s novel reached the top 10 on the Sunday Times bestseller list. (Image: Mills&Boon)

The ex-wife of the Duke of York, 62, also shared her hopes for what readers will get out of the book club.

She added: “Now I want to celebrate other authors who are telling women’s stories.

“I hope that the book club readers will be entertained, enlightened and empowered by the novels that we are going to read together.”

In 2022, a follow-up to Fergie’s book will be released and the historical romance novel will again be co-authored by Marguerite Kaye.

Mills & Boon said the title will “build on the world of Her Heart for a Compass”

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Camilla among guests at an event for The Reading Room earlier this week (Image: PA)

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall also has a book club entitled The Reading Room.

The 74-year-old’s initiative is “a hub for literary communities around the world” and “celebrates literature in all its forms” according to the Royal Family website.

During the pandemic, the wife of Prince Charles shared reading lists with royal watchers and the Instagram account for the scheme offers new seasons of book recommendations plus insights from authors.

Titles previously recommended by the Duchess include Hilary Mantel’s The Mirror and The Light and Elif Shafak’s The Architect’s Apprentice.

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Sarah along with her daughter Princess Eugenie (Image: Getty)

Sarah’s book club will launch on November 5th and will see the Duchess select one Mills & Boon historical romance title each month.

The Duchess of York will announce the chosen title on social media and will provide further details throughout the month to encourage her followers to read along or join in with their own book club.

She will also share her thoughts on the title at the end of each month.

Speaking of the collaboration the publisher Mills & Boon said: “Sarah, Duchess of York is an authority in historical research and in telling the stories of women’s lives.

“The success of Her Heart For A Compass, co-written with Marguerite Kaye, proves her passion and expertise in historical romance.

“We’re delighted to partner with her on this book club and know it will bring new readers to the novels and writers that the duchess has selected”.


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