SARAH Ferguson says she’s a “great supporter” of Oprah Winfrey – as she carefully toed the line after Meghan and Harry’s bombshell interview earlier this year.
The Duchess of York was diplomatic when quizzed on the chat, which featured a series of explosive revelations.
Sarah Ferguson says she’s a ‘great supporter’ of Oprah after Meghan and Harry’s March interviewCredit: Reuters
The Duchess of York was herself interviewed by Oprah in 1996Credit: YouTube
The couple had their say 25 years after Fergie herself sat down with the chat show host to reveal her life is “no fairytale”.
In an interview with the Telegraph, Sarah cautiously said: “All I want to say on this is that Oprah helped me greatly when I went to the US and was interviewed by her.
“I’m a great supporter of Oprah and everything that she does.”
And she was guarded when asked about Megxit – telling the interviewer: “I wouldn’t presume to give advice to Harry and Meghan, except to say to be happy.”
But she admitted the couple will face challenges outside the Royal Family, as she did.
“I did have to make my own way in the world when I left the family, and it is not always easy,” she said.
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Sarah faced embarrassment in 2018 when the Sussexes failed to invite her to the evening reception of their wedding – seven years after she was left off the 1,900-strong guest list to William and Kate’s nuptials.
In 1996, she told Oprah about her marriage to Prince Andrew.
“You didn’t marry the fairytale, you married a man,” she said.
“You married a man, you fell in love and married a man, and then you have to come to terms with the fairytale.”
Harry went further in his own interview in March.
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During the chat, he and Meghan alleged a senior royal had made racist comments about their son Archie’s skin colour – while Meghan claimed Kate made her cry over bridesmaids’ dresses.
And tensions were doubtless inflamed after the Duke went on to discuss his family in further interviews.
He said he’d been shown “total neglect” for his mental health – and said his father had made him “suffer” during his “nightmare” life as a royal in yet another Oprah production.
Even the naming of his daughter caused a row – after it was alleged he and Meghan hadn’t told the Queen they’d be using her private nickname.
Harry threatened legal action against the BBC over claims he didn’t ask the Queen for permission.
TENSIONS OVER ‘FOUR-BOOK DEAL’
And this week, the royal announced he’ll be publishing a memoir in 2022 – the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year.
It was later reported he and Meghan have in fact signed a £29million four-book mega-deal.
Meghan’s contribution will reportedly be a ‘wellness’ book on health living – while one of Harry’s books can only be released after the Queen’s death, it’s claimed.
Legal eagles for the couple initially said they wouldn’t be commenting on those claims – but later said they were “false and defamatory” and only one memoir is planned.
That book will be published next year. Harry vowed that it will examine the “highs and lows” of his extraordinary life.
Two publishers reportedly flew out from London to Harry’s home in California and took part in an ‘auction’ for the rights to his book.
And it’s claimed the royal conducted his own negotiations – with a source telling the Daily Mail: “Those involved were actually very shocked by his approach, which was to look at them coldly and state his demands: $25million.”
Lawyers for Harry have denied claims one of his books can only be published after the Queen’s death – calling them ‘defamatory’Credit: AFP
Sarah was careful as she spoke about the couple in a new interviewCredit: Getty