Fergie takes swipe at Prince Harry’s memoir in first Royal Family response

Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, appeared to take a subtle swipe at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as she appeared on US TV to promote her upcoming romance novel, A Most Intriguing Lady.

During an interview with Fox 5 New York presenter Rosanna Scotto, the Duchess, who is commonly know as Fergie, discussed the importance of "family unity."

Rosanna asked: "Do you think [King Charles] is upset with the book that Harry wrote? I know that reports that Harry and Meghan are invited to the Coronation and he must as a parent feel a little scarred by what was said in the book."

To which Fergie replied: "Personally, I feel there should be no judgement on any level.

"Family unity is very important. In life, it's the three C's: communicate, compromise, compassion."

Fergie has also revealed that she doesn't judge the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their decision to move to the US and publicise their lives, having done similar herself following her and Prince Andrew's divorce.

Back in 1996 she gave her own interview to Oprah Winfrey, which the Sussexes also did in 2021, in which she candidly discussed her split from the Duke of York, and told the talk show host that royal life was “not a fairy tale."

Discussing this, Fergie told the PA news agency: "I divorced, went to America, wrote a book, went on Oprah and did 12 years as the longest running spokesperson of Weight Watchers.

“I looked to America to support me and to help me and I really can’t thank the American people enough for what they gave me and what they did for me.

“So, I believe very strongly that I have absolutely no judgment on any other person’s life, and I look at how much [Meghan] loves [Harry] and loves the children and gives him a love that he’s never had before. That’s how I look at it."

It comes amid reports that Buckingham Palace staff have been told to plan for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to attend the coronation.

A spokesperson for the Sussexes previously said Harry and Meghan had received email correspondence from the King’s office about the event, but an immediate decision on their attendance would not yet be disclosed.

No further update has yet been given, however it has since been reported that the couple's children Archie, three and Lilibet, 21 months, have not been invited to the ceremony which falls on the same days as Archie's birthday.

While Prince William and Kate Middleton's two eldest children, Prince George, nine, and Princess Charlotte, seven, are expected to have some sort of role in the Coronation, especially given that Prince George will be King himself one day.

The Prince and Princess of Wales are said to be 'pondering' whether or not to bring four year old Prince Louis, but he will most likely make an appearance in some capacity.


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