Sarah Ferguson Reveals What Princess Diana Would Have Thought Of Kate And Meghan

Sarah Ferguson and Princess Diana had a complicated relationship, per Town & Country — the two women were both friends and rivals over the years. The duo were actually fourth cousins and met as children. However, they didn't become close until they entered young adulthood. The pair ran in the same social circles, and after Diana married Prince Charles, she set Sarah up with Prince Andrew, who she eventually married. Once both Diana and Sarah were members of the royal family, Sarah was said to look to the Princess of Wales for guidance in royal situations. However, the two also endured a rivalry that reportedly heated up when Sarah impressed both Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip with her talents and interest in sports.

Both Sarah and Diana split from their husbands in 1992, which bonded them even closer together. The friends later vacationed together in the south of France with their children in 1996. Later that year, Sarah released her autobiography. However, Diana allegedly didn't like the way she was portrayed in the book and the two fell out of contact with one another. When Diana died in a car accident in 1997, Sarah attended the funeral. She later expressed her sadness over their rift during an interview with Harper's Bazaar. "Because we were like siblings ... we rowed. And the saddest thing, at the end, we hadn't spoken for a year," Sarah told the outlet. Now, the Duchess of York is revealing what Diana would think about her sons, William and Harry, and their life partners today.

Diana would have been proud of Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, according to Fergie

Sarah Ferguson is opening up about her life, as recorded by People. The Duchess of York dished on her current life, as well as the past, while revealing what her close friend and former sister-in-law, Princess Diana, would think about her sons Prince William and Prince Harry today. Sarah, also known as "Fergie," said that Diana would be over the moon about William and Harry's children, as well as their wives Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle.

"She would be very proud of her sons and their wives, and she would be just like me, obsessed with her grandchildren. Because that's what she loved," Sarah stated. "[Diana] adored my girls. She adored the boys. This would be her haven. Her heaven," she continued. The duchess also went on to reveal that Diana would be especially proud of the women William and Harry chose to spend their lives with. "If she were sitting with me right now, I know she would say, 'I am so proud of both of my boys and the wonderful wives they have chosen.' Because each has got her own voice," Sarah added.

Recently, William and Harry celebrated what would have been Diana's 60th birthday by unveiling a statue of their late mother at Kensington Palace (via Us Weekly). A few of Diana's closest family members were in attendance at the event, although Kate and Meghan didn't make an appearance at the ceremony.

Things are still tense between Kate and Meghan

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle have reportedly been at odds for years, with the situation exacerbated significantly by the former "Suits" star's infamous interview with Oprah Winfrey, during which Meghan made it clear that reports of her bullying her sister-in-law had been greatly exaggerated, and argued in fact it was Kate who'd been the aggressor. Following the birth of Lilibet Diana, the Sussexes' second child, Kate has reportedly been working hard to mend their rift. As a source told Us Weekly, "Kate has been reaching out to Meghan a lot more since [Lilibet] was born, she's sending [notes and] gifts and trying to build up a relationship." 

However, the palace is reportedly requesting that certain senior members of the family reach out to royal defectors Meghan and her husband Prince Harry, who stepped back from royal duties at the beginning of 2020, "to get them to soften a bit" amidst ongoing, and very public drama, between them. It therefore remains to be seen whether Kate is reaching out of her own accord, or being encouraged to do so to save face.

Kate and Meghan would have relished Princess Diana's guidance

The situation between Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle might be complicated, but according to former royal press secretary Dickie Arbiter, both women would've benefited exponentially from Princess Diana's guidance, if she was indeed still alive. "Kate would have found Diana very helpful and a good mother-in-law," Arbiter advised the Daily Mail. Although there may have been an element of jealousy on Diana's part, the former staffer reckons, overall, she would have "steered Kate and advised her," without being overbearing. Absent his mother's assistance, poor Prince William must advise his wife how to deal with being a public figure all by himself.

Generally, Arbiter reckons, "I think Kate and Diana would have got on very well. Kate would have found a great soulmate in Diana." As for Meghan, the former royal press secretary noted the People's Princess would have "put her at ease" and helped the former actress navigate the tricky press relationship, of which she had extensive experience. Diana would likely have provided a "sounding board" for her daughter-in-law. Likewise, Arbiter opined, "Diana would have advised Meghan on humanitarian issues in the United Kingdom and in which direction to go."