Sarah Ferguson says creating her own claim to fame away from the Royal Family by becoming a bestselling author is ‘liberating’
- Duchess of York, 63, is currently promoting her new novel A Very Intriguing Lady
- READ MORE: Sarah Ferguson reveals the ‘gentle’ corgis she adopted from late Queen are now ‘really happy’ and recovering from their grief
Sarah Ferguson has revealed that creating a successful career in her sixties has been ‘liberating’.
The Duchess of York, 63, who has become a Sunday Times Bestselling author in recent times, is currently promoting her latest novel, historical romance A Very Intriguing Lady.
Speaking about her writing during an interview with OK! magazine, the royal said that her new career ensured that marrying into the Firm was no longer her ‘only claim to fame’.
She said: ‘I feel very proud to have embarked on a new career in my sixties.
‘Not many people get that opportunity. Now having married into the royal family isn’t my only claim to fame, I’m an author who has made the Sunday Times Bestsellers List.
Sarah Ferguson (pictured in London on April 1, promoting her latest book) has said that creating a career in her sixties away from the Royal Family is ‘liberating’
‘It feels like this is my time. It is very liberating.’
The mother-of-two, who still lives with former husband Prince Andrew in their Royal Lodge Home in Windsor, has also written books for children, as well as hosted a YouTube programme for youngsters.
Sarah’s interview with OK follows other appearances to promote her latest novel, including an appearance on Rylan Clark’s Radio 2 show at the weekend.
While chatting with the host, she opened up about the two corgis she adopted from the late Queen.
The dogs, Muick and Sandy, moved to Royal Lodge following the monarch’s death last September.
And according to Sarah, the two corgis are doing ‘really well’ in dealing with the adjustment.
She said: ‘They’re great, they’re really happy, and their tails have gone up now, so I think they are over their grief.’
Describing the corgis, who were a gift to the Queen from Andrew and his daughters Princess Beatrice and Eugenie following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh, the royal said they are ‘so sweet’.
The Duchess of York (pictured here with ex-husband Prince Andrew at Royal Ascot in 2019) is best known as a member of the Firm
She added: ‘I think they’ve been trained by her [the Queen] to be so gentle.
‘When you take a little digestive biscuit and break like it she used to with her little hands…she must have put a little biccie in front of them, and they gently take it.’
Speaking at the recent Henley Literary Festival last October, the royal described taking care of the animals as a ‘big honour’, according to the Telegraph.
She added that Muick and Sandy are ‘national treasures’, noting that they have been well-trained, describing them as having been ‘taught well’.
The dogs were a gift to the Queen from Andrew and his daughters Princess Beatrice and Eugenie following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.
It was believed the pair had been walking the dogs in the months leading to the Queen’s death.
The late Queen owned more than 30 of the sandy, short-legged dogs throughout her reign, however, had resisted taking on any new dogs in recent years not wanting to leave the dogs behind after her death.
She was gifted her first corgi, called Susan, for her 18th birthday by her late father King George VI. Ten generations of her corgis then descended from Susan.
Her dogs were given the Royal treatment, having their own rooms with elevated wicker baskets and meals of beef, chick, rabbit, liver, cabbage and rice being prepared by a chef each evening.
Sometimes the Queen herself made the dog’s meals. But her late husband was said to have ‘loathed’ the dogs’ yapping.
Sarah has recently been making a slew of appearances to promote her new novel, and in a recent interview, opened up about the corgis (pictured) she adopted from the late Queen following her death last September
Muick, pronounced Mick, joined the royal family at the start of 2021 along with a so-called ‘dorgi’, a cross between a corgi and a dachshund, called Fergus.
Muick had been named after Loch Muick on the Balmoral Estate, where the Queen died on Thursday. Fergus had been named after the Monarch’s uncle who was killed during battle in the First World War.
Fergus died after just five months and was later replaced with a new corgi called Sandy, as a 95th birthday present from Prince Andrew and his daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie
Speaking at the time of the new corgi arrivals, the Queen’s dresser Angela Kelly, said: ‘I was worried they would get under the Queen’s feet, but they have turned out to be a godsend.
‘They are beautiful and great fun and the Queen often takes long walks with them in Home Park.’
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