March 7, 2023 | 11:25
Sarah Ferguson is ready to speak.
Prince Andrew’s ex-wife, who had a close relationship with Queen Elizabeth II, said in a new interview that she feels “liberated” to talk about the royal family after the monarch’s death.
“It is as if I have taken the mental shackles out of my brain. I don’t know if it’s the Queen moving on as now I think I can just say openly what I want to say without worrying that I’m going to offend anyone,” said Ferguson, 63 , on “Good Morning America” Tuesday. .
“I’m really, really authentic Sarah now,” she added.
The Queen died in September 2022 aged 96 amid a turbulent time for her family, including her son Andrew, 63, who stepped back from public duties over his ties to the late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and her grandson Prince Harry , and left town. Britain for America with his wife, Meghan Markle.
Ferguson, a royal rebel who herself divorced Andrew in 1996, acknowledged on “GMA” that her new novel, “A Most Intriguing Lady,” is based in part on her own story.
“I think in life it’s not just the royal institution and monarchy, it’s every bureaucracy that tries to allow this redhead to adapt,” she said, comparing herself to the book’s protagonist, Lady Mary.
“I’m not good at confirming. I believe in the absolute, unequivocal institution of monarchy.”
While the Duchess of York admitted she feels free to take on her former in-laws these days, she still holds the Queen close to her heart.
“The most incredible thing about Her Majesty was that she listened. She was truly my idol. She was truly my legend,” she told ABC News’ Juju Chang, noting that she now cares for the late sovereign’s beloved dogs.
“The corgis live with me and we go out and then they bark into the air and I think the Queen is with me when they do.”
Regarding the queen’s successor, King Charles III, and his wife, Queen Consort Camilla, Ferguson added: “I fully support (them). … I’ve known them all my life.”
The Duchess also offered praise for Harry, who she is “thrilled” to see “so happily” living in California.
“He has this lovely wife and he has beautiful children,” she said.
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“He deserves to be loved like that,” she continued, adding that the late Princess Diana would have been “very proud” of her sons, Harry and Prince William, and grandchildren.
Ferguson is now also a grandmother.
Her and Andrew’s younger daughter, Princess Eugenie, welcomed a son, August, in February 2021 and is expecting a second child. Meanwhile, the former couple’s eldest daughter, Princess Beatrice, welcomed a baby girl, Sienna, in September 2021.