Sarah Ferguson: How William and Kate’s relationship sparked ‘great regret’ for the Duchess
Sarah Ferguson has spoken of her “great regret” when she saw her nephew Prince William marry Kate Middleton during their spectacular 2011 Royal Wedding.
The Duchess of York opened up about her “mistakes” in a candid interview where she told how bride-to-be Kate reminded her of herself when she tied to the knot to Prince Andrew on July 23, 1986, in Westminster Abbey.
She told how she shared the “same experiences” as Duchess Kate when both women married an heir to the throne, in a recently unearthed clip.
Sarah wasn’t invited to Kate and Prince William’s Westminster Abbey nuptials, but revealed how she felt in the moment she watched Kate walk down the aisle.
Speaking to Elizabeth Saab on US TV show, The Daily, she said: “I was that bride and at 25-years-old I went down the aisle of Westminster Abbey.
“It caused me to have great soul searching on regret, on all the things, you look at.”
Sarah Ferguson paved the way for her exit from the royals in 1992 when pictures emerged of the redhead receiving a toe-sucking from oil tycoon John Bryan, who was described as her financial advisor.
In 1992 the Duke and Duchess of York finally announced their separation after spending a lot of time part while Prince Andrew was on royal duties, and later divorced in 1996.
The scandalous divorce came after photographs emerged of Fergie with her toes in the mouth of Texan financial advisor Mr Bryan, while wearing a bikini and lounging in the sun.
It caused me to have great soul searching on regret, on all the things, you look at
Andrew and Sarah were still married at the time, with the photographs also showing the two kissing and canoodling in their swimwear.
But the pair, who have two daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, still remain firm friends and even share a residence.
Sarah has not been an official member of the Royal Family in 20 years.
Looking back on the turbulent years that followed her divorce from the father of her two children, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, Sarah admitted she had made “mistakes”.
Speaking in 2011, she said: “I reflect on the past, reflect on what it is like to make thunderous mistakes, or huge lapses of judgment.”
But the mother-of-two says it was her two daughters and the support of her ex-husband that helped her see the light in the end of the tunnel.
The said: “Had I not had this great faith, and great heart, this great belief for life, and the passion for humour and joy and my great children and my ex-husband, I certainly wouldn’t be here, there’s no question about it.”
Quizzed over whether she would go back and do things differently if she could, Sarah reflected on herself as a young bride.
She added: “If I being me now could go back to that young girl when I was 24, I would say to her, you know what, I will stick with you, I will stay with you, I’m with you…. you don’t need to run around trying to get everyone to love you. I love you i.e. yourself, myself.
“You’ve got me, listen to me, I will guide you.
“Listen to your instincts Sarah and be aware of your behaviour and be aware of how lucky you are.
“You’ve got the world, you’ve got the best looking looking prince, you’ve got the world at your feet. Don’t blow it.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK