Sarah Ferguson appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, in the episode that debuted on May 11, 2011. Ferguson talked to Oprah about her fall from grace and her attempts to rebuild her life. Sarah Ferguson is the subject of a six part series, Finding Sarah: From Royalty to the Real World, which debuts on OWN on June 12, 2011. Finding Sarah disgraced duchess rebuilds life on OWN
The interview was an all-too-short look at the fascinating life of the Duchess of York, who self destructed, despite having opportunities that most people only dream about. Sarah Ferguson’s fall from grace was on a much bigger magnitude than most, because of the lofty heights from which she fell. There are many people who have self destructed and screwed up their lives royally, so they can relate to Ferguson’s story. The tale can be instructive to anyone whose life is not working.
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Sarah Ferguson has been in the public eye for 25 years, ever since her engagement and marriage to Prince Andrew, the handsome royal, who, at the time, was second in line to the throne. At the time, she was called a breath of fresh air.
On Oprah, she described her lonliness of her marriage. Prince Andrew was sent overseas two weeks after the wedding and she only saw her husband 40 days a year. She had to learn to be a princess on her own, in the rarified environment of the royal palace. After the birth of Princess Beatrice, she wanted to see her husband so she left her infant at home to go see her husband in Australia. It was at that point that the press and the public turned on her, calling her names like ‘Frumpy Fergie” and Duchess of Pork.’
The Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, now Prince William the Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge took place on April 29, 2011. Ferguson was excluded from the wedding of her nephew, which she called devastating. Royalty at the Royal Wedding
Sarah Ferguson married British Prince Andrew, in a fairy tale wedding, 25 years ago. It was particularly difficult for the duchess to be excluded from the wedding, because she and Prince Andrew were the last people to be married at Westminster Cathedral. Her ex-husband and two daughters were at the wedding, but Sarah was royally snubbed..
Ferguson recalled her friend, the late Princess Diana, who said to her, ‘Remember Sarah, at the top of the pedestal you can fall off, at the bottom you can grow.’
She called Princess Diana the the funniest person she knew. She said that Oprah reminded her of Princess Diana, partly because she was so funny.
Ferguson talked to Dr. Phil, who confronted her about her denial about her participation in her own downfall. Dr. Phil said because she had feelings of rejection, she was addicted to acceptance and approval. He referred to last summer’s video sting scandal, where any fool should have been able to see that the sting was a set-up, but her need for approval blinded her to reality.
Ferguson also received advice from financial guru Suze Orman. Ferguson’s counseling sessions with Dr. Phil and Suze Orman will be detailed in Finding Sarah on OWN.
Ferguson spoke highly of her ex-husband, calling him a wonderful man. She still lives in his house, which is the only way she has been able to get by as well as she has. Oprah asked why they do not get back together, but Ferguson brushed off the suggestion.
At the close of the interview, Oprah asked Ferguson what she would say to her 25 year old self. Sarah turned to her wedding portrait and asked, ‘Do you even know who you are?’ She closed by admitting, ‘I had it all and I blew it.’
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