Sarah Ferguson has really bared it all on the line about what it was like being compared to her beloved sister-in-law, Princess Diana.

Sarah Ferguson On Being Compared To Princess Diana

The Duchess of York opened up to People about her life as a royal and her life now. She also spoke about her unflappable bond with Princess Diana and what it was like for them to be in the world's spotlight side by side.

Sarah Ferguson said, "We were best friends from when she was 14 and I was 15 and all the way through. And it was Diana that said 'No, no, I need you to come to stay at Windsor Castle and you need to be with my brother-in-law Andrew.' So I went up to her after lunch and I said to her, 'Oh, Andrew's really good-looking!' And she said, 'Duh, Fergie!'"

Princess Diana and Sarah Ferguson at Royal Ascot 1991

Sadly neither of their marriages or lives as royals were the perfect fairytales they were hoping for. Sarah said, "In the '80s, it was Diana looking beautiful, and there was fat, frumpy Fergie. We were just there for people to make a lot of money. At the time we both didn't realize that." Both Sarah and Diana were the target of the cruel British tabloids who labeled Sarah the "Duchess of Pork."

Diana and Sarah were incredibly close, raising their children together and even supporting each other through their divorces. "Diana and I both had our own mental health issues, and she and I used to talk. She said, 'Fergie, remember one thing: When you're at the top of the pedestal, it's so easy to fall off. And you're at the bottom, you just climb up.'"

Sarah took a lot of what the media said about her incredibly personally but their friendship never wavered. "We were positioned as saint and sinner. And the most important thing was to remain robust together, and we did, no matter what anyone wrote."

Princess Diana and Sarah Ferguson in 1982

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