80 Facts About Sarah Ferguson


Sarah, Duchess of York was born on Sarah Margaret Ferguson; 15 October 1959, and is a member of the British royal family.

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Sarah Ferguson is the former wife of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, a younger brother of King Charles III.

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Sarah Ferguson was raised in Dummer, Hampshire, and attended the Queen's Secretarial College.

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Sarah Ferguson later worked for public relations firms in London, and then for a publishing company.

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Sarah Ferguson has been the patron of Teenage Cancer Trust since 1990 and has founded Children in Crisis.

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Sarah Ferguson has authored several books for children and adults and has worked as a TV personality and film producer.

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Sarah Margaret Ferguson was born on 15 October 1959 at London Welbeck Hospital in London.

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Sarah Ferguson is the second daughter of Major Ronald Ferguson and Susan Barrantes.

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Major Sarah Ferguson married Susan Deptford in 1976 and had three more children: Andrew, Alice, and Elizabeth.

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Sarah Ferguson later mentioned that at the age of 12, when her parents' marriage started to fall apart, she developed an eating disorder and "turned to overeating for comfort".

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Sarah Ferguson is a descendant of King Charles II of England via three of his illegitimate children: Charles Lennox, 1st Duke of Richmond; James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth; and Anne Lennard, Countess of Sussex.

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Sarah Ferguson has aristocratic ancestry, being the great-great-granddaughter of the 6th Duke of Buccleuch, a great-granddaughter of the 8th Viscount Powerscourt, and a descendant of the 1st Duke of Abercorn and the 4th Duke of Devonshire.

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Sarah Ferguson did not shine academically but showed talent in swimming and tennis.

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Also prior to their engagement, Sarah Ferguson had accompanied Diana, Princess of Wales, during her official tour of Andrew's ship HMS Brazen.

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Sarah Ferguson chose the Burmese ruby to complement Sarah's red hair.

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The Queen bestowed the title Duke of York upon Prince Andrew, and, as his new wife, Sarah Ferguson automatically assumed her husband's royal and ducal status and became Her Royal Highness The Duchess of York.

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In February 1987, Sarah Ferguson got a private pilot's license and, after passing a 40-hour training course that was paid for by Lord Hanson as a wedding gift, she was presented with her wings at RAF Benson in December.

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On 22 January 1988, during the trip to New York to attend a fundraising event, Sarah Ferguson was attacked by a young man at the entrance of her hotel.

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Sarah Ferguson suffered from high blood pressure and excessive water retention during her pregnancy.

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Sarah Ferguson vowed to lose weight after the birth of her first daughter.

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In 1989 Sarah Ferguson was credited with kickstarting the UK popularity of exercise regime Callanetics after it was widely reported that founder Callan Pinckney had given her private tuition.

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Sarah Ferguson received praise for her weight loss and some criticism for not gaining enough weight during her second pregnancy.

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Sarah Ferguson later discussed the negative effect of the press stories about her weight on her self-esteem and added that they made her eating disorder worse.

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Biographer Sarah Ferguson Bradford described how Andrew's duties as a naval officer required him to stay away from home for long periods.

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Sarah Ferguson separated her residence from her husband and moved to Romenda Lodge in 1992.

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Sarah Ferguson endured widespread public ridicule, contributing to her further estrangement from the British royal family.

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In 1995, Prince Andrew's aunt Princess Margaret, who had received a bouquet of flowers sent by Sarah Ferguson, reportedly wrote in a letter to Sarah Ferguson: "You have done more to bring shame on the family than could ever have been imagined".

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However, subsequent information given by senior officials to The Sunday Telegraph revealed that Sarah Ferguson had received £350,000 in cash, £500,000 from the Queen to buy a new house for her and the children, and a monthly allowance that was estimated to have reached £500,000 in total by 2010.

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Since the divorce, Sarah Ferguson has attended some functions with her daughters, such as the investitures of the Duke of York into the Royal Victorian Order and the Order of the Garter, and Royal Ascot, and on those occasions, she is afforded the courtesy of treatment as a member of the royal family.

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Sarah Ferguson hinted at the idea of remarrying Andrew in several interviews.

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Sarah Ferguson was not invited to the 1999 wedding of Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones or the 2011 wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, but she attended the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2018.

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Sarah Ferguson attended the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II in September 2022, and was seated by her daughters' side.

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In 2007, Sarah Ferguson rented Dolphin House in Englefield Green, less than a mile from Royal Lodge; a fire at Dolphin House in 2008 caused her to vacate the premises and move into Royal Lodge with her former husband.

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In 2009, Sarah Ferguson participated in a much-criticised ITV "experiment" in which she joined families in a council estate to advise them on proper living.

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Sarah Ferguson stayed for ten days in Northern Moor, a suburb area in Wythenshawe, Manchester, England, and the result was The Duchess on the Estate, transmitted on ITV1 on 18 August 2009.

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Sarah Ferguson maintains a rented apartment in Eaton Square in London and a room at Royal Lodge.

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In 2006, Sarah Ferguson used the money she had earned from her career as a film producer and writer to found Hartmoor LLC in the US.

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Sarah Ferguson collapsed in 2009, leaving Sarah with a debt of £630,000.

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Sarah Ferguson later admitted getting money from Epstein and called it a "gigantic error".

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One episode of the US -filmed reality series depicted Sarah Ferguson meeting with Suze Orman, the internationally known financial advisor, receiving from Orman a strict lecture and practical advice on how to resolve her financial issues.

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In May 2020, it was reported that Andrew and Sarah Ferguson were in a legal dispute over a debt from the 2014 purchase of their Swiss chalet.

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In May 2010, Sarah Ferguson was filmed by the News of the World offering Mazher Mahmood, an undercover reporter posing as an Indian businessman, access to Prince Andrew for £500,000.

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Sarah Ferguson is seen taking away a briefcase containing £40,000 in cash.

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Sarah Ferguson claimed that her intention was initially to help a friend who "needed $38,000 urgently" but she ultimately asked for more money due to her own financial problems.

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In March 2022 it was reported that the wife of jailed Turkish politician Ilhan Isbilen alleges that Sarah Ferguson received at least £225,000 from businessman Selman Turk, who Mrs Isbilen is suing for fraud.

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Sarah Ferguson was owed £225,000 by Pegasus Group Holdings due to her role as brand ambassador, but she received the full amount from Turk who was then set to reclaim the money from Pegasus.

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Sarah Ferguson had travelled to Turkey in 2008, and covertly filmed a Turkish state orphanage.

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The Turkish authorities alleged that Sarah Ferguson made a false declaration when entering the country, trespassed into a Turkish Government institution and invaded the privacy of children.

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Cansu Sahin, representing Sarah Ferguson, who was not present, told the Ankara court that her client has apologised and would like to plea-bargain with the prosecution.

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Sarah Ferguson has since opened most of the charity's various units, including those at Middlesex Hospital, University College London, St James's University Hospital, Cardiff University Hospital and Royal Marsden Hospital.

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Sarah Ferguson began her work with people suffering from motor neurone disease in the 1990s.

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In 1993, Sarah Ferguson founded Children in Crisis, a children's charity focused on education and grant making to international programmes.

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Sarah Ferguson founded the charity after meeting a young cancer victim named Anya during her visit to Poland in 1992.

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In December 1994, Sarah Ferguson went to the US to take part in a fundraising event for Peace Links, and launch her own charity, Chances for Children, in the US.

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In June 1998, Sarah Ferguson made a brief trip to Bethesda to receive an award from the Journal of Women's Health.

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Sarah Ferguson visited the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center.

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In 2003, Sarah Ferguson joined the American Cancer Society at a congressional briefing.

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Sarah Ferguson was a founding supporter of the American Cancer Society's Great American Weigh In, an annual campaign aimed at raising awareness of the link between excess weight and cancer.

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In 2004, Sarah Ferguson was named the official spokesperson of SOS Children's Villages – USA and in 2005 she became a global ambassador for Ronald McDonald House Charities.

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In 2006, Sarah established The Sarah Ferguson Foundation based in Toronto, which derives funds from Sarah's commercial work and private donations with the aim of supporting charities internationally that serve children and families in dire need.

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In 2007, Sarah Ferguson joined the Advisory Council of the Ophelia Project, an American initiative aimed to support people dealing with relational and other non-physical forms of aggression.

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In 2008, Sarah Ferguson became patron of Humanitas, a charity focused on providing children with education, healthcare and family support.

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In 2010, Sarah Ferguson became a supporter of the Mullany Fund, whose aim is to support British students wishing to study medicine or physiotherapy.

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In 2011, Sarah Ferguson became the global ambassador for Not For Sale, a charity focused on human slavery.

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In 2014, Sarah Ferguson was appointed an ambassador for the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London.

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In 2015, Sarah Ferguson revealed her connection with India and polo when she attended as a chief guest of HVR Baroda Cup in New Delhi under the invitation of Harshavardhan Reddy, chairman of HVR Sports.

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In 2016, Sarah Ferguson collaborated with British contemporary artist Teddy McDonald and her daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, to create the first Royal contemporary painting.

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In 2017, Sarah Ferguson was joined by her daughter Eugenie to mark the second anniversary of the Teenage Cancer Trust unit at Alder Hey Children's Hospital.

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Sarah Ferguson merged her charity foundation with Street Child, an organisation run by Tom Dannatt in Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Sierra Leone, of which Sarah Ferguson has become a patron, and her daughters, Beatrice and Eugenie, are the ambassadors.

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In June 2019, Sarah Ferguson became the patron of Natasha Allergy Research Foundation, an organisation founded in honour of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, who died in 2016 due to an allergic reaction after consuming a sandwich.

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Sarah Ferguson was chosen to initiate "the company's philanthropic endeavors" as they develop an "off-grid renewable energy data center".

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In June 2020, Sarah Ferguson launched her new charitable foundation called Sarah Ferguson's Trust.

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In March 2022, Sarah Ferguson visited Denver after being chosen as the keynote speaker at a Junior League of Denver fundraiser.

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In 2000, Sarah Ferguson co-produced and served as presenter in a documentary for BBC television called In Search of the Spirit.

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In May 2004, Sarah Ferguson hosted an eleven-minute production featurette on Universal's DVD Peter Pan, titled The Legacy of Pan.

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In 2008, Sarah Ferguson was a special correspondent to NBC's Today for which she presented segments for a series called "From the Heart".

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In May 2008, her two-part film The Duchess in Hull premiered on ITV1, showing Sarah Ferguson helping a family on a council estate in Hull to improve their lifestyle.

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Sarah Ferguson had the leading role on a mini-series on Oprah Winfrey Network, titled Finding Sarah Ferguson, which premiered in June 2011.

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Sarah Ferguson talked about her struggles through life and financial issues in the show.

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In 2019, Sarah Ferguson said that she was producing a TV documentary about Prince Albert's mother Princess Louise of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg.

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