Sarah Ferguson “never dreamed” of being part of the royal family.
The Duchess of York has proclaimed that her marriage to Prince Andrew, with whom she has remained close since they parted in 1992, became a public figure as “the greatest honor,” and while the loss of anonymity as a result created some “problems”, she knows it has many advantages.
She said: “As a child, I always wanted to be an Olympic athlete. I never dreamed that I would be a princess.
“When I married Prince Andrew, I became a public figure and it was the greatest honor. When you marry in a family, you give up your anonymity, and this is fraught with difficulties, but also with opportunities. “
The author of Her Hearts for a Compass admitted that the death of Prince Philip earlier this year left a “huge void” in the royal family.
She told The Sunday Times: “The loss of the Duke of Edinburgh has left a huge void in the life of the family. I’ve known him all my life: he played polo with my father. As for the Queen, I have always made it a rule not to talk about private conversations. “
One of the challenges Sarah has faced in public life is the “horrible” things that are written about her, and she admitted that she had to “work very hard” on her mental health to prevent violent comments from reaching her. her.
She said, “As far as my own mental health is concerned, I have always had to work very hard on it because I am a very sensitive person and take things personally. I really objected when all these terrible articles were written about me, and sometimes still. I have a therapist and I rely on my friendships, my family and my work to focus on what’s important. ”
But the 61-year-old duchess is “very proud” of the way her daughters, Princess Beatrice and Eugenie, are coping with being the center of attention.
She said, “I am very proud of the way my girls handle public profiles. I believe the problems posed by social media and trolling are nightmarish. Many social networks are an absolute drain. “