G'day mate! Sarah Ferguson is headed to Australia to film a new television show.
"I'm working on a screen venture that is a bit like Challenge Anneka, if you remember that 1990s BBC reality program. Mine will be called Duchess Down Under," she told Saga mazine. "Instead of being in the helicopter, as Anneka was, I'll be flying it — I'm retaking my helicopter test and renewing my license. I'll be talking to people in Australia about the culture, the flora and fauna of their nation."
Ferguson has been busy lately, as she just released her new romance novel, Her Heart for a Compass, and now it looks like she'll get to work on another book very soon.
"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 worked on the book — which is loosely based on the life of Ferguson's ancestor, Lady Magaret Montagu Douglas Scott — in the past year when more people stayed at home.
"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."
Ferguson is happy that the book has taken off and can't wait to keep putting her ideas down on paper.
“It all started with researching my ancestry,” she explained of the plot. “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."
Now, Ferguson just wants to get featured more in The Crown!