It looks like Sarah Ferguson — who released her romance novel this week — will be putting pen to paper again!
"People try to put Fergie into a box, or Sarah or the Duchess into a box, saying, 'Look at her, why is she doing this, why is she doing that?'" she said on Radio 4's Front Row. "We all have self-doubt. But it was really exciting to grow together in friendship and collaboration and we're both very unified together in this book Her Heart for a Compass. So much so, we've signed our next book deal."
The red-headed beauty got to work on the book — which is loosely based on the life of Ferguson's ancestor, Lady Magaret Montagu Douglas Scott — when she was stuck at home this past year.
"The pandemic also tapped me on the shoulder and said are you going to waste your life and never do what you want to do?" she said. "Are you going to be in the front line helping people, nurses, NHS workers? I believe Lady Margaret would have done that, she would have risen to the challenge. I wondered whether it's time to give me my own voice, and I wonder if Lady Margaret is helping me do that? I think she is."
Ultimately, the Duchess of York is happy she began this journey.
“It all started with researching my ancestry,” she explained of the premise. “Digging into the history of the Montagu Douglas Scotts, I first came across Lady Margaret, who intrigued me because she shared one of my given names. But although her parents, the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, were close friends with Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, I was unable to discover much about my namesake’s early life, and so was born the idea which became Her Heart for a Compass."
“I invented a history for her that incorporated real people and events, including some of my other ancestors,” she added. “I created a friendship between my heroine and Princess Louise, Queen Victoria’s sixth child, and I drew on many parallels from my life for Lady Margaret’s journey.”