Sarah Ferguson discusses her health issues, saying, “I’ve been in therapy for 24 years.”
Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, says that she has struggled with mental health concerns for many years.
The Duchess, sometimes known as Fergie, spoke candidly about how the pandemic has given her time to contemplate as part of the launch of her debut novel. “I had and still have mental health concerns, which I work on every day, I honestly do, and I’ve been in treatment for 24 years,” she explained. She sought counseling because of childhood abandonment difficulties, as well as years of tabloid attacks and cruel headlines.
“Sometimes I talk to my therapist on a weekly basis, and then when things get very bad, I jump in and get a short hit of trying to understand the negativity of my mind’s demons,” the Duchess explained to Hello!
“Of course, for someone as creative as I am, there are shadows. Because the light is so bright, the shadow is very dark. But Sarah is the full package, and it’s what inspired me to create the book and speak with you today.”
Her heart for a Compass, a historical love novel co-written with Mills & Boon author Marguerite Kaye, takes readers on a historical romantic trip.
The Duchess used the writing process to uncover previously undisclosed aspects of her past, to the point where she modelled the protagonist on her real-life great-great-aunt Lady Margaret Montagu Douglas Scott.
“My darling children, who have not waited until they are 61 years old to follow their hearts and to enjoy life on their own terms,” the Duchess says in a letter to her daughters Princess Beatrice and Eugenie.
The Duchess explains her choice of words in the interview by describing how she felt in September 1988, when she grew sensitive and apprehensive to every tabloid headline and story about ‘Bad Fergie.’
“The worst part was that I believed every word of it,” she says. “I couldn’t figure out who this individual was.”
The Duchess had to deal with childhood memories of her mother abandoning her family to marry professional Argentinian polo player Héctor Barrantes, who was tragically murdered in a car accident in 1998.
“It was a long time ago, and I adore, adore my mother,” she says. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”