Queen 'approved' and 'inspired' characters of Sarah Ferguson's books

‘I wouldn’t do anything unless the boss gave me her blessing’: Sarah Ferguson reveals The Queen ‘approved’ of her Mills & Boon historical romance novels and even ‘inspired’ some of the characters

  • Sarah Ferguson cited the late Queen as an inspiration behind historical novel 
  • The Duchess of York, 62, said the monarch gave her ‘blessing’ to write books 
  • She called  her mother-in-law a ‘wonderful friend’, The Telegraph reports

The Duchess of York has revealed the Queen gave her blessing for her to write Mills & Boon novels and even ‘inspired’ characters. 

The former wife of disgraced royal Prince Andrew, 62, said she gave her mother-in-law copies of her first work of historical fiction – A Heart for a Compass – in both English and French. 

‘It’s been all my life that I’ve known the boss and there’s no one like her,’ the Duchess said, as reported by The Telegraph. ‘I wouldn’t do anything unless the boss gave me her blessing though, and still to this day, I think about that.’

Speaking at the Henley Literary Festival, she called herself the ‘luckiest person alive’ and described the importance of the Queen’s influence on her life.

The late Queen was a ‘wonderful friend’ to the Duchess of York and gave the author her ‘blessing’ to write books for renowned romance publisher Mills & Boon, Sarah Ferguson has revealed. Both pictured at the Braemar Highland Games in 1990

‘When we wrote the book, I gave it to the boss and I said, “you don’t need to read it.”

‘But I think she was so proud that we did it. And that’s just huge for me. She was just very, very special.’ 

It is unclear if Her Majesty read the book. 

Sarah also addressed the painful loss of the Queen, adding that she was happy to have inherited her corgis.

The Duchess explained that it’s important to uphold the ‘values’ the beloved monarch had ‘built for 70 years’, including ‘kindness and humility, loyalty, and all the good things’.

The Duchess (pictured) explained that it’s important to uphold the ‘values’ the beloved monarch had ‘built for 70 years’, including ‘kindness and humility, loyalty, and all the good things’

She added: ‘And always remember, manners.’

According to The Times, the Duchess penned her upcoming Victorian-era book, A Most Intriguing Lady, as Andrew, 62, battled sexual assault allegations from Virginia Giuffre. 

Writing allowed her to ‘escape through my imagination’ and ‘be joyous’. She said becoming ‘an author’ also helped her define herself in the public eye. 

The royal shared that she didn’t resent the press coverage of Andrew’s scandal, noting that the ‘media are vitally important’.

‘I think the media are vitally important for many different reasons,’ she explained.

Sarah pictured arriving at Westminster Abbey for the late Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral last month

Writing allowed Sarah (pictured last year) to ‘escape through my imagination’ and ‘be joyous’. She said becoming ‘an author’ also helped her define herself in the public eye

‘Sometimes they get it right, sometimes they get it wrong. And I think we just keep going and never explain too much or say too much.’

Sarah also shared how writing novels has helped her define her place in the world.

‘Now at last people can say, ‘Oh, she’s the author,’ rather than, “She’s…err, I don’t know,” she told the conference.

A Most Intriguing Lady is slated for release on February 28, 2023. It is the second book penned by the Duchess. 

Virginia Giuffre (centre) opened a civil sex assault case against Andrew in New York. Pictured right is Ghislaine Maxwell, who procured girls for sex predator Jeffrey Epstein 

Her first novel, a historical romance titled Her Heart for a Compass, was released last year. It tells the story of Lady Margaret Montagu Douglas Scott and how ‘one act of rebellion costs her place in society’.

Sarah and Andrew currently reside together despite having divorced in 1996.

Andrew’s royal career ended in disgrace after he was forced to pay an out-of-court settlement to Ms Giuffre earlier this year. The undisclosed settlement is reported to be about £12million. 

Ms Giuffre claimed he sexually abused her three times in 2001 when she was 17 after being trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein, though Andrew has consistently denied any wrongdoing.

Prince Andrew was permitted by his eldest brother King Charles III to wear his military uniform as he stood guard over his mother’s coffin

The settlement was not an admission of liability, but the Queen’s supposedly favourite son was stripped of his royal patronages and honorary military titles in January.

Andrew briefly returned to public life after the death of his mother earlier this month. He was briefly allowed to wear his military uniform as he and his siblings stood vigil next to the Queen’s coffin as she lay in state in Westminster Hall. 

He also greeted mourners at Balmoral shortly after the death of Her Majesty as they gathered outside the castle where the Queen passed away to lay flowers and pay tribute.

Previously, Andrew was given a brief return to royal life on March 29, 2022 as he escorted his mother into Westminster Abbey for the service of thanksgiving for the life of his father Prince Philip.

There was surprise in March when Andrew was given a frontline role at the memorial service for the Duke of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey

But the Duke had no place at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June. Whilst he had been due to attend the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, it was announced at the last minute that he would not attend after testing positive for coronavirus.

He also did not feature at the Order of the Garter service at Windsor later in June, even though he had been listed on the order of service. 

It was reported that Prince William and Prince Charles had lobbied the Queen to ensure he did not attend.

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