Sarah Ferguson remembers 'dear, departed friend' Princess Diana in an emotional social media post

The touching tribute comes shortly after the former royal spoke about her relationship with Diana and rumors that the two princesses didn't get along.


                            Sarah Ferguson remembers 'dear, departed friend' Princess Diana in an emotional social media post

Fergie misses her! Sarah 'Fergie' Ferguson, the Duchess of York paid an extremely sweet and emotional tribute to her late friend and former sister-in-law Princess Diana to mark International Women's Day. The two women were reportedly quite close to each other after marrying into the royal family. In fact, both of them were distant relatives and their parents coincidentally went to the same school together. All throughout their youth, especially in their twenties, the two best friends would frequently go out for lunches together. 

Fergie, whose ties with Diana deepened while attending official and private events together and going on holidays, shared four photos featuring some of the most important women in her life on Instagram to mark the day. And one of those photos showed her paying tribute to her beloved late friend.



 

She captioned the series of photos: "Thinking of some of the strong women who've been part of my life - my late mother, my dear departed friends Diana and Carolyn Cotterell and of course my fierce, beautiful, loving daughters who make me proud every day."

The particular picture of Fergie and Diana shows them standing next to each at Guard's Polo Club, Egham, in 1982. From the pictures, the duo looked relaxed in casual clothes smiling broadly, as per the Mirror. The touching tribute comes shortly after the former royal spoke about her relationship with Diana and rumors that the two princesses didn't get along.

In an open letter published in Hello!, Fergie hinted at how trolls have been comparing the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, by referring to comments which were made about her and Diana in the past.

She wrote: "Women, in particular, are constantly pitted against and compared with each other in a way that reminds me of how people tried to portray Diana and me all the time as rivals, which is something neither of us ever really felt."

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive to attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2018 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive to attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2018 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

Fergie continued: "Take a look at any website, and you’ll see extraordinarily abusive comments aimed not only at people in the public eye but also other internet users. Bullying, sniping, bitching, even the most appalling sexism, racism and homophobia are commonplace – it seems that online, anything goes."

"I believe that it's time to take a stand. This isn't about freedom of speech. The truth is, it's not acceptable to post abuse or threats on social media or news sites, and it's not acceptable to harangue other users simply because they disagree with you. It's not acceptable to pit women against one another all the time." 

The Duchess of York had also previously revealed how she missed her 'best friend' Princess Diana at the wedding of her younger daughter Princess Eugenie on October 12, 2018. Even in 1996 when she published her autobiography, just a year before the death of her former sister-in-law, she recounted how fond she was of her. “She was two years younger than I, and I strove to support and protect her as I would a younger sister—as I still do today."