Now, she’s been giving her thoughts about Prince Philip.
Fergie, 63, says the late Duke of Edinburgh was a ‘wise’ man who could be ‘terrifying’ towards her.
Philip studiously avoided the Duchess since surreptitiously taken photographs of her sunbathing topless were published by a red-top newspaper in 1992. The Duchess’s toes were being sucked by American financial manager John Bryan at the time.
Asked if Philip was a wise man, she replies: ‘Very wise. You had to be on your best. If you asked a silly comment, you were certainly told it was a silly comment.
Sarah Ferguson, 63, says her former father-in-law, the late Duke of Edinburgh, was a ‘wise’ man who could be ‘terrifying’ towards her
The Duchess of York raised eyebrows with her recent claim that she became ‘even closer’ to the late Queen Elizabeth due to her support for ‘poor Prince Andrew’
Terrifying. “Why are you asking me that? I do it every day. Why are you asking me that?” Ugh! Then you lose all your confidence. “Did you go driving today?” “Car or horse?” “Oh, God, sorry. Yes.”’
Speaking to chat show host Alan Carr on the latest episode of his Life’s A Beach podcast, the Duchess adds: ‘The Duke Of Edinburgh used to say, “Remember Sarah, you’ve got to be electable but never elected’. Nice. Yes. Resonates, right?”
Although Fergie is thought to have exchanged not a single word with her former father-in-law after she divorced Prince Andrew in 1996, she remained on good terms with the Queen. Sarah stayed several times at Balmoral, although she always left before Philip arrived.
‘If you ask me what I’d be doing with the Queen right now, I’d be walking looking at primroses and snowdrops, and telling her all about the magnolia tree,’ she adds.
While promoting her latest romantic novel, the Duchess has spoken extensively about the late Queen. In one interview, she said she would always be grateful to have had ‘even a minute of HM’s [the Queen] time’.
Philip studiously avoided the Duchess since photographs of her sunbathing topless were published by a newspaper in 1992. The Duchess’s toes were apparently being sucked by American financial manager John Bryan at the time
She added of her ex-husband, Prince Andrew, with whom she still lives at Royal Lodge, Windsor: ‘Because also, during the last three years, her poor son has been going through such a tumultuous time, and I think Her Majesty was relieved I could help her with him, so we became even closer, then. She was more of a mother to me than my mother.’
BBC star Justin Webb says there has been an unexpected silver lining to lifting the lid in his memoir on the brutal goings-on at his childhood school. ‘My Radio 4 Today colleagues Mishal [Husain], Nick [Robinson] and Martha [Kearney] handle me with kid gloves now they know the horrors of my past,’ chuckles the broadcaster wryly.
In the book, The Gift Of A Radio, now out in paperback, he reveals that bullying was rampant in the Quaker boarding school he attended in the 1970s.
House of Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle will miss Prime Minister’s Questions to attend Betty Boothroyd’s funeral tomorrow.
The clash of dates may not be entirely a coincidence. Baroness Boothroyd was no fan of PMQs being held once a week at noon on Wednesdays.
She preferred the old arrangement of a shorter session happening on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, and was unimpressed when Tony Blair pushed through the change in 1997.
TV Anneka reveals her inner Piglet
Anneka Rice attends the Gala Performance of “Disney’s Winnie the Pooh: A New Musical Adaptation” at Riverside Studios
TV star Anneka Rice may have expected a few tears from little children at the premiere of Winnie The Pooh: The New Musical Stage Adaptation, at London’s Riverside Studios, but the blubbing ended up coming from herself.
‘I can’t tell you how much I was transported back to my childhood, to my children’s childhood,’ she tells me. ‘Piglet just gets to me. In fact, I sobbed as soon as Piglet got on stage.’
The Challenge Anneka star, 64, adds: ‘My favourite Piglet quote was, “he was so excited at the idea of being useful he forgot to be frightened any more”.
‘That’s something we all carry as adults.’
Earl Spencer does not appear to be the only member of his family conspicuous by his absence at the wedding of his daughter, Lady Amelia.
Hello! magazine has devoted 25 pages of this week’s edition to the celebrations in South Africa, but there is not a single mention of Lady Amelia’s brother, Louis, who, as Viscount Althorp, is heir to the earl’s title and their Northamptonshire estate, Althorp, where Princess Diana grew up.
Louis is said to have a better relationship with his historian father, Charles, than his sisters do. Louis attended Lady Kitty’s wedding in 2021 while their father was again absent. Friends say Princess Diana’s brother was not invited to the ceremony at which Amelia, 30, exchanged vows with fitness coach Greg Mallett, 33.
British playwright Lucy Prebble, a writer on hit U.S. TV drama Succession, tries out her ideas on London cabbies.
‘I’ll tell people who don’t work in the industry, like my family or taxi drivers, the story or the idea, then I’ll just quietly see what their eyes do,’ says Prebble, 41, who worked on the TV series Secret Diary Of A Call Girl, starring Billie Piper.
She tells me: ‘If normal people have an excited reaction and their eyes haven’t glazed over, I’m much more likely to do it.’
Sweeney’s Vice secret revealed
Claire Sweeney said she took method acting to extremes when starring in Guys and Dolls in the West End in 2007
We’ve heard lots of women’s #MeToo experiences in showbusiness, but is it time we heard from some men, too?
Claire Sweeney has admitted she took method acting to extremes while appearing on stage opposite Miami Vice star Don Johnson, 73, in a West End production of Guys And Dolls in 2007.
‘We had to do this kissing scene, and you just stage kiss,’ says former Brookside actress Sweeney, 51. ‘On the last night of his run, I decided to stick the tongue in.’ Speaking on the White Wine Question Time podcast, Sweeney concedes: ‘Probably nowadays, I’d get into trouble, but I went in for the kill.
‘We came off stage and he was, like, “Hey, whoah, what was that about?”.’