Sarah Ferguson: "I'm a Global Mother"
On newsstands May 31, the Duchess of York talks about family and debt woes while attempting to set the record straight and revealing plans to leave the past behind.
Highlights from Sarah Ferguson's interview with Harper's Bazaar are as follows:
On the royal wedding, Sarah Ferguson, who has never met Kate Middleton, says: “I understand that they didn’t invite me. I’m divorced from Prince Andrew. I think it’s a new chapter and a fresh page. I look at it and think, I was once that bride. It's very sad. You're happy for them, of course, but it's sad because you'd love to do it all over again, but with the awareness that you have now."
On the scandal surrounding the hidden-camera video showing Ferguson as she apparently attempted to sell access to Prince Andrew: “It shocked me to the roots of my whole being,” she says now of the scandal. “I didn’t do that, selling access,” she says. The masquerading Indian mogul, she explains, “said he wanted to start a business with me, and I said, ‘If you’re going to invest in my business, with that comes my family, because we’re all a team together.’ But the way it came across in the video, it was so horrible, because they cut it and edited it and changed it, chopped it.”
On her former husband: “He’s a great man and a ﬁrst-rate father and the bestest friend." With help from Andrew, she says, she is once again debt free. “I love him. He’s my soulmate. It’s actually what we said in front of God at the altar: We honor and respect each other until death do us part. The only thing is, he has girlfriends and I have boyfriends.” (She doesn’t have a boyfriend now, but she says, “I would love a boyfriend.”)
On her problematic pattern of debts and scandals: “[They] won’t happen again because I’m awake now. I’m aware of my behavior.”
Of her relationship with her daughters, Beatrice and Eugenie: “The only thing I know I’ve done 100 percent right is be a good mother. I’m proud to say I’m the best mom I know. People say to me, ‘What is your brand identity?’ And I say, ‘I’m a global mother.’”
Photo Credit: Danielle Levitt for Harper's Bazaar