Duchess of York; Sarah Ferguson
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"With every smell, I smell food. With every sight, I see food. I can almost hear food. I want to spade the whole lot through my mouth at Mach 2. Basta!"

We are divorced, we are friends, and we are good parents

I’m single. I’m skinny. I still can’t find a man.

  Sarah, Duchess of York (born October 15, 1959) is the former wife of Prince Andrew, Duke of York. She was born as Sarah Margaret Ferguson, and due to her maiden name is often referred to as "Fergie". During her marriage to Andrew she was styled Her Royal Highness The Duchess of York, and became Sarah, Duchess of York upon her divorce, although this style would lapse if she remarried.
Sarah is the daughter of Major Ronald Ivor Ferguson (1931 - 2003) and Susan Mary Wright (1937 - 1998). She married the Duke of York on July 23, 1986, and they had two daughters, named Beatrice and Eugenie, before divorcing in 1996. Despite their divorce, the couple remain close and live together with their children.
Sarah struggled with her weight, under intense media spotlight, and is now a spokesperson for Weight Watchers.
Since her divorce, Sarah has hosted her own talk show, although this did not meet with a great deal of success. She has done fund-raising for children's charities most notably as the official US spokesperson for the international charity SOS Children's Villages.
She is also an author: her writings include an autobiography, some guides to dieting, and several books for children. Most notable in the latter category is her series of children's books about a helicopter named Budgie. The plot, style and illustration of the first Budgie book was remarkably similar to an existing childrens' book, Hector the Helicopter by Arthur W. Baldwin. "It is difficult for us to say that anything has been literally copied," wrote Jane Moore, group legal adviser of Reed International Books in a letter, "but if this was not a major source of inspiration for the Budgie books then it is a remarkable coincidence"1. Reed International did not pursue a claim for copyright infringement.
Sarah Margaret Ferguson is the daughter of Major Ronald Ivor Ferguson, and moved in royal circles as a child. She attended boarding school and was an accomplished horse rider, winning a number of trophies.

In 1972 Sarah's parents separated. Her mother eventually remarried and moved to Argentina, while her father also remarried and had three more sons.

Sarah graduated from secretarial college at the age of eighteen, and worked for a public relations firm. Later she also worked for an art gallery and a publishing company.

In 1985 Sarah met Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, at a party at Windsor Castle, and they were engaged the following year. On 23rd July 1986 they were married in Westminster Abbey. Their first child, Beatrice, was born in 1988 and their second child, Eugenie, in 1990.

Prince Andrew was serving in the navy, and they shared little time together. Consequently, in March 1992, Sarah and Prince Andrew separated, and eventually divorced in May 1996. They share joint custody of their children and still live together, although with separate living quarters. It has been suggested that they may remarry.

The Duchess of York has hosted her own talk show, although this did not meet with a great deal of success. She is also an author: her writings include an autobiography, some guides to dieting and several books for children. Most notable in the latter category is her series of children's books about a helicopter named Budgie.

Dutchess of York Fergie's Biography:
Sarah Margaret Ferguson was born in London on October 15, 1959. She was the second daughter of Major Ronald Ivor Ferguson and his first wife Susan, daughter of FitzHerbert Wright. Sarah's father worked as manager of the Prince of Wales' polo team, so Sarah was acquainted with members of the Royal Family.

Diana, Princess of Wales played matchmaker when she arranged a luncheon attended by Prince Andrew and Sarah during Royal Ascot week. A royal courtship ensued and the engagement of Andrew and Sarah was formally announced on March 19, 1986.

Sarah was dubbed "Fergie" by the press. It was expected that with her vivacious and lively personality, she would bring informality and exuberant energy into the Royal Family. Prince Andrew and Sarah were married at Westminster Abbey on July 23, 1986 in a ceremony watched by 800 million television viewers. Andrew had been named Duke of York, the traditional title of the monarch's second son, shortly before the wedding. Upon emerging from Westminster Abbey, Sarah was Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of York.

Sarah and Andrew had two daughters: Princess Beatrice Elizabeth Mary born August 8, 1988 and Princess Eugenie Victoria Helena born March 23, 1990. After starting off with such a positive relation with the press, Sarah's relations with the media began to deteriorate. She was severely criticized when she left two month old Beatrice at home in England while she went on an official tour of Australia in October, 1988. Sarah was further criticized for her extravagant lifestyle, overspending and her outspokeness.

It became obvious that Sarah and Andrew's marriage was in trouble. Andrew was often away serving in the Royal Navy and it is assumed this added to the strains in the marriage. The marriage problems came to a head, when Sarah was caught in rather embarassing paparazzi photos while on vacation in the South of France. Sarah and Andrew separated in March, 1992 and were granted a final divorce decree on May 30, 1996. Sarah lost the style of "Royal Highness" upon her divorce. She is properly known as Sarah, Duchess of York. Sarah and Andrew share joint custody of Beatrice and Eugenie. They have a friendly relationship and are loving and caring parents to their two daughters.

Sarah's overspending caused her severe financial problems. To alleviate these problems, Sarah became a spokesperson for Weight Watchers and Ocean Spray. Some considered this as conduct unbecoming to a former member of the Royal Family. Sarah was insistent that she had to do what was necessary to support her family. To save money, Sarah and her daughters continued to live with Prince Andrew. Her Majesty the Queen has helped Sarah purchase her own home, although the title of the home is held in the names of Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.

When in the United States, Sarah has been a popular guest on both Oprah Winfrey's and Larry King's talk shows. Now she will host her own talk show on Sky TV in Great Britain and will donate her 5,000 pound fee for each show to charity. Sarah will lead audience-participation discussions on serious social issues.


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