In a recent episode of "Tea Talks With the Duchess & Sarah," Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, opened up about the heartfelt advice Queen Elizabeth II gave her before her passing: "Just be yourself, Sarah." The former royal family member shared that the late queen, who reigned for an astounding 70 years, often became frustrated when Ferguson wasn't true to herself.
The queen's death on September 8, 2022, marked the end of an era; she died at 96 in Scotland. While discussing her recent battle with breast cancer, 63-year-old Ferguson emphasized the importance of authenticity, linking her own journey to the queen's advice.
She believes the challenges she faced, including her health battle, were instrumental in her self-realization. The Duchess pointedly mentioned that she now feels fortunate to embrace her true self, implying that she hadn't always been in such a place.
Queen's Vibrant Final Days
Although the timeline remains uncertain regarding when exactly the late queen gave this advice to Ferguson, insiders report the monarch was lively and spirited in the days leading up to her demise.
The Right Rev. Iain Greenshields recalled his dinner with the queen mere days before her passing, describing her as "full of fun" and in "amazingly good form." The news of Queen Elizabeth II's death surprised many, including King Charles III and Princess Anne, who were with her shortly before.
It took three and a half hours before the world learned of her departure. Sarah Ferguson's personal history with the royal family has had its ups and downs. Married to Prince Andrew, King Charles' younger brother, from 1986 to 1996, Ferguson lost the "Her Royal Highness" title after their divorce.
They share two daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie. Over the years, Ferguson faced tensions with the royal family, as evidenced by her exclusion from Prince William's wedding in 2011. However, recent years suggest a mended relationship, although she was notably absent from King Charles' coronation.
Ferguson recently battled early-stage breast cancer, diagnosed in June after her sister insisted on a routine mammogram. She underwent a mastectomy, and her representatives have confirmed that her prognosis looks promising.
The Duchess's experiences and revelations underscore the impermanence of life and the importance of cherishing genuine relationships and self-authenticity.