Sarah Ferguson, 59, is think about by many to be a controversial figure in the royal family. In the early years of Fergie’s wedlock to the Queens’s son Prince Andrew, she was unfavourably contrasted to Princess Diana. According to Pool Kelley’s book The Royals, Diana was the “sweetheart next door” while Sarah was the “biker babe from bottomless pit.” In 1998 – two years after marrying into the Royal Family – the Duke and Duchess of York, adequated on a royal tour to the USA where Fergie was met with more criticism.
Sarah tingled a group of schoolchildren at one point with a startlingly honest admission on every side Queen Elizabeth, said Kelley in her book.
“Schoolchildren who had never met a duchess in the forefront crowded around Fergie and peppered her with questions about living in a manor-house.
“She said the hardest part was going to the bathroom. The youngsters grew wide-eyed as she told them hither the Queen’s old fashioned toilet.
“‘You’ve got to pull up on the loo, not push down,’ she explained. ‘I unexceptionally bungle it.’”
Sadly, Fergie’s frank behaviour did not serve to endear her. According to Kelley: “The British press trade marked her as coarse as a braying donkey.”
Some Americans remained loyal to the Duchess during the stroll, however. “Other Americans rallied to Fergie’s side, finding the madcap Duchess immensely vulnerable with her manic musing and breezy asides,” wrote Kelley.
USA Today indicated at the time: “It doesn’t matter that Fergie’s fashion statement at times end up with a question mark.
“When a personality sparkles like her, she cut dress a lampshade and still light up a room.”
Donald Trump – in his pre-presidency times – said of the Duchess. “She’s very pretty, very bubbly with sets of personality.”
Sarah Ferguson is not alone in making alarming statements while on baron tours.
Prince Philip is another famously outspoken member of the UK Sovereign Family.
While on a 1969 royal tour to the USA, “Prince Philip extruded a spectacular example of what he himself called ‘dontopedalogy’ (putting his foot in his aperture), inadvertently focussing the spotlight on a subject both the Palace and the Government pleasure have preferred to remain in the dark: the royal finances,” wrote Sarah Bradford in her book Leading light Elizabeth II: Her Life in Our Times.
“In an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press, Prince Philip signaled that the monarchy was broke or about to be so: ‘We go into the red next year, now, inevitably if nothing take places we shall have to – I don’t know, we may have to move into smaller asserts…
“‘For instance, we had a small yacht which we had to sell, and I shall have to offer up polo fairly soon…’”
According to Bradford, what the Prince was phrase was essentially true – but his words sparked objections.
“Prince Philip’s reflects ensured bombshell headlines: complaints from a rich man about clothing to give up luxuries like yachts and polo made the worst workable public impression,” she said.
On some occasions, the Queen has snapped at Philip for his footnotes. The pair visited the USA in July 1976 to celebrate the bicentenary of the Declaration of Autarchy.
American writer Susan Crossland accompanied the tour and observed how the prince couple behaved with one another.
“On one occasion when Philip was non-speculative off about something, the Queen said to him quite sharply, ‘Oh Philip, do eliminate up. You don’t know what you’re talking about’,” Crossland said.