The Daily Mail published an absolutely scathing piece on Sarah Ferguson a few weeks ago. I was doubly surprised on reading this because not only is she royalty, but a woman!
It is the standard tale of a woman becoming bored, cheating on her husband, divorcing him, and ultimately ending up alone and destitute. Normally this would be just another feel good empowerment story with the whole alone and destitute part left out. In fact, Oprah has a new reality show in the US about Sarah Ferguson finding herself. My wife and I caught a bit of the show the other week, and it was extremely sympathetic to her. The true story is too well known for Oprah to frame this as another EPL, but she is predictably framed as a victim of her own choices. Here is a clip I found on youtube:
I don’t know how long ago the Duchess’ pattern of betrayal became something the British press could no longer excuse, because I’m not one to follow the royal family. From what I gather the press in the UK hasn’t liked her for quite a long time. At any rate, clearly she managed to find how far was too far. The Daily Mail piece is titled: The Duchess of Delusion: How Fergie’s shamelessly self-serving book is as airbrushed as the cover
Here is a taste of the way she is described in the article:
Who would ever imagine that these tear-stained words refer to a woman who has been given every possible advantage in life, including marriage to a prince and the styling Her Royal Highness — all of which she has only herself to blame for throwing away.
She even betrayed Princess Diana, breaking her promise not to write about her in her book:
Fergie told how, when she borrowed a pair of the Princess’s shoes, she caught verrucas. Diana never spoke to her again.
Here is how she describes her “perfect man”:
‘Someone who is good looking . . . with a good sense of humour . . . believes in old-fashioned chivalry . . . is confident, sophisticated, intelligent and athletic . . . who has integrity, honesty and is family oriented, and who knows me better than I know myself.’
‘I realise I have just described Andrew.’
For his part Prince Andrew seems to not have lost his patience with her. Despite her public humiliation of him by cheating on him with multiple men, divorcing him, and her most recent attempt to sell access to him, he keeps her at his home, and we are told that he still loves her. They still vacation together, and he even symbolically fights against the royal family ostracizing her. She wasn’t invited to William and Kate’s wedding, so Andrew carried a picture of her when he attended. Someone needs to do a mantervention ASAP. The piece closes with the following quote:
‘I look at my ex, and how great he is becoming, more and more centred within himself. He is blossoming into the man I knew he was when I married him.
‘I keep thinking, why did we get divorced? In hindsight, I would say to anyone who takes impulsive, spontaneous giant steps, fighting for a change within a marriage, never be impulsive, because it might be irrevocable. I live in the grasps of the tentacles of regret.’