Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, talks Royal wedding, ‘Finding Sarah’ on ‘View’ — As usual, the co-hosts of The View asked the first question on their viewers’ minds when Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, sat down to talk with them on Tuesday morning’s program. Where was she on the day of the Royal wedding between her nephew, Prince William and Catherine “Kate” Middleton, an event to which she was not welcome to attend?
“Thailand,” Sarah Ferguson said. She was far away from Westminster Abbey in a jungle area, but she talked by phone to her ex-husband, Prince Andrew, the very morning of the wedding.
He told her about the uniform he was wearing to the ceremony and how it was different from the one he wore on their wedding day. Her daughters, the groom’s cousins, told her about many other features of what was happening.
“William really deserves such happiness,” she said about her nephew. She likes Kate.
“It was just such a momentous occasion,” she added. “I kept thinking of the bride. I was a bride going up that aisle.” Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew were married at Westminster Abbey in 1986.
“Everybody looked joyous,” she said after seeing images of the April 29 ceremony.
Asked about her daughter Beatrice’s hat, she said that the hat caused quite a stir. She did not have any input on the design and left it up to the professional milliners. However, she said she was proud of her daughter’s decision to auction the hat for charity. The hat sold recently at auction on eBay raising over $130,000 for UNICEF.
Asked about her unusual arrangement with Prince Andrew, with whom she still lives despite being divorced in 1996, she said, “We’re divorced to each other, not from each other.”
If they get along so well, why not remarry, co-host Elisabeth Hasselback asked.
The Duchess said she and Prince Andrew ask their “girls” frequently about how things are going for the family. Their daughters say, “You and Poppa are so great as you are,” she said. She added that everyone’s fairy tale is different and, “Our fairy tale is pretty good right now.”
“When Diana got married and I got married, it was a very different time,” she said. She said she saw Prince Andrew 40 days a year for the first few years of her marriage. Both she and her ex-husband both wish now that they had fought the system to create a family life under the Royal spotlight that would have worked for them.
Finding Sarah is a docu-series the Duchess did for Oprah Winfrey’s network, OWN. In the docu-series, she gets counseling from Dr. Phil, financial advice from Suze Orman, and other help to try to get her life back on track. The 51-year-old has struggled with self-esteem, weight, and financial issues much of her life, but especially since her divorce.
The View showed a clip from the special where Dr. Phil tells her the Duchess that she is addicted to being liked. View moderator, Whoopi Goldberg, wanted to know if the Duchess found Dr. Phil’s advice helpful.
“I think actually he had a point,” Sarah Ferguson said. “I do try to make everybody love me.”
Barbara Walters asked her how things are now and urged her to remember and believe how loved she is by so many people.
The Duchess spoke about her children’s books coming out as well as another book in late June. The View studio audience all went home with copies of the book, Finding Sarah: A Duchess’s Journey to Find Herself.
The docu-series Finding Sarah debuts on OWN Sunday night at 9 p.m. ET.