Princess Diana And Sarah Ferguson: Did The Constant Comparison Ruin Their Friendship?

Date March 12, 2018

Sarah Ferguson and Princess Diana had a friendship that is not often talked about. Sarah became a member of the Royal Family after she was introduced to Prince Andrew by Diana.


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How Lady Diana played the matchmaker.

Sarah Ferguson was not a stranger to the family. As the daughter of the man in charge of the  Guards Polo Club, she got to hang around the royal family as a child.


She would sneak away from her father’s polo matches to play tag with "like-minded truants," including Prince Andrew.


Her relationship with Andrew started after they met again as adults at the Windsor Castle party. The shindig was right after the Royal Ascot Races and Lady Diana had extended Sarah Ferguson an invite.

A lot has been said about Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew's whirlwind romance, and the marriage that was over 10 years after it began. Their marriage fell apart around the time Princess Diana and Prince Charles were divorced in 1996.

Strained friendship

Although the two women started off as friends, the press reports that just after Sarah Ferguson joined the family, their bond was unfavorable. Constant comparisons were made between Diana's marriage to Prince Charles and Fergie's marriage to Prince Andrew.


It did not help much that the Queen was quite taken with her second daughter-in-law. She would often invite Fergie to her private quarters for dinner.


The twelve-year age difference between Diana and her husband also stood out oddly next to Fergie and Andrew's. The second couple were age mates and had very similar interests.

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Diana and Fergie's relationship did not survive the pressure. After both marriages fell apart, they did not even make much of an effort to rekindle their friendship.

In an interview with Harpers Bazaar, Sarah Ferguson revealed that she had not spoken to the Duchess of Wales for an entire year before she died.

According to her, she tried to initiate communication, but Diana was unresponsive:

And the saddest thing, at the end, we hadn't spoken for a year, though I never knew the reason, except that once Diana got something in her head.... I tried, wrote letters, thinking whatever happened didn't matter, let's sort it out.

Prince Harry honors his mom's memory.

Sarah Ferguson, who remained close to the family after her divorce from Prince Andrew, said in another interview that the Queen had asked her if she would prefer to be compensated financially after her divorce. She chose continued friendship with the royal family over money.


Her friendship deal does not look to be going so well, however. She has remained close to her ex-husband, enough to cause persistent speculations that they might get back together. But,  Prince Philip does not get along with his former daughter-in-law at all.


In fact, Prince Harry had to fight for Sarah Ferguson to get an invite to his May wedding with Meghan Markle. An action generally regarded as his way of honoring Fergie's friendship with his mom.

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