Sarah Ferguson has described her former mother-in-law the Queen as more of a mother to her than her own while speaking on a podcast.
The Duchess of York, 61, who divorced the Duke of York in 1996, has sparked a raft of royal scandals over the years, but said the monarch was her ‘greatest mentor’ and had always believed in her.
Speaking on the Tea with Twiggy podcast as she promoted her Mills & Boon romance novel Her Heart For A Compass, the duchess paid tribute to the Queen for being ‘modern, flexible and forgiving.’
Sarah compared their relationship to the one she had with her own mother Susan Barrantes, who passed away in September 1998, saying: ‘I think to myself that honestly my mother-in-law has been more of a mother to me than my mother.’
Her comments come days after she joined her ex-husband Prince Andrew at Balmoral to spend time with the Queen.
Sarah Ferguson, 61, has described the Queen, 95, as more of a mother to her than her own was while speaking on a podcast
Sarah compared their relationship to the one she had with her own mother Susan Barrantes, who passed away in September 1998 (pictured together)
Fergie said: ‘My greatest mentor and… person who believes in me is the Queen – and has never faltered.
‘I absolutely admire the incredible way Her Majesty is so modern… and how flexible, and how understanding, and how forgiving and how generous.’
The duchess and ex-husband Andrew were said to have joined the Queen on holiday at Balmoral last week, hours after a civil lawsuit was filed against the duke over allegations of sexual abuse.
Andrew, who stepped down from royal duties in 2019, is being sued by Virginia Giuffre, who accuses him of sexually abusing her when she was a minor under US law after she was trafficked by billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
The Duchess of York’s mother (pictured) earned the nickname ‘the bolter’ and caused a stir in British social circles when she eloped with Argentinian polo player Hector Barrantes in 1975
It is the duchess’s first proper summer break at Balmoral since she was cast out of the royal family amid a toe-sucking scandal in the 1990s.
The Duke of Edinburgh, who died in April, reportedly refused to let his former daughter-in-law stay at the castle at the same time as him.
Sarah, in the podcast released on Monday, referred to Andrew as her ‘lovely ex-husband’ who ‘always believes in me’.
She told model Twiggy, whose real name is Dame Lesley Lawson: ‘I absolutely think there is no greater mentor because, from a little girl to now, the consistency of Her Majesty has been a great honour, it’s a huge honour – makes me want to cry.’
The duchess and ex-husband Andrew were said to have joined the Queen on holiday at Balmoral last week, hours after a civil lawsuit was filed against the duke over allegations of sexual abuse (pictured, Fergie with the Queen and Prince Philip at daughter Princess Eugenie’s wedding in 2018)
The Duchess of York’s mother earned the nickname ‘the bolter’ and caused a stir in British social circles when she eloped with Argentinian polo player Hector Barrantes in 1975, a year after her divorce from Fergie’s father Sir Ronald Ferguson.
She was killed in a car crash in 1998 – the year after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.
Sir Ronald died in 2003 following a heart attack in Basingstoke, Hampshire.
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