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The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, shared a meaningful message after the death of her close friend and former mother-in-law.
Ferguson, who is married to the Queen’s son Prince Andrew, posted a statement on her Twitter account in which she expressed her heartbreak.
“She leaves behind an extraordinary legacy: the most splendid example of duty and service and perseverance, and her continued steady presence as our head of state for more than 70 years,” Ferguson wrote.
I will miss him more than words can express.
— Sarah Ferguson (@SarahTheDuchess) 8 September 2022
She also noted that the Queen had “selflessly given her whole life to the people of the UK and the Commonwealth,” before revealing how close the two were and how much the Queen meant to her.
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“To me, she was the most incredible mother-in-law and friend. I will always be grateful to her for the generosity she showed me in being close to me even after my divorce,” Fergie continued. “I can express him more than words.”
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Ferguson, 62, was married to the Queen’s second son Andrew from 1986 to 1996, and they share two children together – Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.
Despite their highly publicized divorce, the couple has remained close, and they continue to raise their daughters together.
Throughout the years, Fergie paid her respects to the Queen with a special gesture: a profound curse. At events such as Royal Ascot, the Duchess of York will greet the Queen with a curse and sit next to her in the royal box.
In 2021, Ferguson expressed his gratitude for the Queen in an episode of the “Tea with Twiggy” podcast, calling the 70-year-old monarch his “greatest mentor” and a “man who believes in me.”
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“I totally admire the incredible way Her Majesty is so modern … and how flexible, and how understanding, and how forgiving and how generous,” she said.
“I think to myself that, honestly, my mother-in-law has been more of a mother to me than my mother.”