Sarah Ferguson called her former mother-in-law Queen Elizabeth II “more mother” than hers while promoting her book on a podcast.
The Duchess of York, 61, appeared in ‘Tea with Twiggy’ (out Monday) and revealed that the reigning monarch, 95, was a ‘great mentor’.
“I tell myself that honestly, my mother-in-law was more of a mother to me than my mother,” she explained.
Fergie was married to the Queen’s son Prince Andrew from 1986 to 1996.
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Fergie’s mother, Susan Barrantes, died in a car crash in Argentina in September 1998 at just 61 years old.
“My greatest mentor and… the person who believes in me is the Queen – and never wavered,” said the mother of Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.
“I absolutely admire the incredible way Her Majesty is so modern… and how flexible, understanding, forgiving and generous she is,” she added.
Last week, Fergie and her daughter Eugenie, 31, joined the Duke of York in the royal family’s estate, Balmoral Castle, Scotland, where the Queen spends the rest of the summer.
The reunion took place just days after Virginia Giuffre filed a complaint alleging that she had been sexually assaulted by Prince Andrew.
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The case alleges that the royal engaged in sexual acts without her consent, knowing how old she was and “that she was a victim of sex trafficking,” the BBC reported at the time. The case noted that the “extreme and scandalous conduct” continues to cause Giuffre “significant emotional and psychological distress and harm.”
“In this country, no one, whether president or prince, is above the law, and no one, however powerless or vulnerable, can be deprived of the protection of the law”, we read in the documents, cited by the media.
“Twenty years ago, Prince Andrew’s wealth, power, position and connections allowed him to abuse a frightened and vulnerable child with no one to protect her,” the documents continued. “It is high time he was held to account.
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In a statement sent to Fox News, Giuffre said she wanted to hold Andrew “accountable.”
A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment. The palace has previously denied the allegations.
Fox News’ Stephanie Nolasco contributed to this report.
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