Sarah Ferguson compares herself to Jennifer Aniston in rare podcast appearance

She opened up in the Femail Half-Hour podcast

Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York attends the British Heart Foundation's 'Bias And Biology' panel
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Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York has opened up during a rare podcast appearance to compare herself to Hollywood icon Jennifer Aniston.  


Sarah Ferguson has recently released her first adult novel, Her Heart for a Compass, much to the excitement of royal fans. However, it’s her children’s books and YouTube content for younger viewers that the Duchess of York has perhaps been best known for in recent years. Posting regular videos on her YouTube channel, Sarah shares crafting tips and reads some of her favorite children’s titles. 

And it seems that her efforts have also been delighting her own family. Opening up to the Femail Half-Hour podcast, Sarah claimed that her step-grandson Wolfie thinks she's a "star". Five-year-old Wolfie is the son of Princess Beatrice’s husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi from a previous relationship and according to Sarah, he's a big fan of her videos. 

“For him... I'm very cool,” she revealed, explaining. “He thinks I'm a star because he sees me on television, on YouTube.”

And there is apparently one star in particular Sarah thinks of when she reflects on Wolfie's love of her videos. 

The Duchess of York went on to compare herself to a true Hollywood legend, declaring that Wolfie sees her as the “Jennifer Aniston of his life”. With Jennifer Aniston thought of as one of the most popular and recognizable A-list stars, the significance of this comparison certainly seems to reflect Wolfie’s deep admiration for his inspirational step-grandmother. 

The pair are thought to be close, with Sarah previously reminding royal fans that she was already a grandmother before Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s son was born. According to Express.co.uk, when Princess Eugenie’s pregnancy was first announced, a spokesperson for the Duchess of York told the Mail that whilst she was overjoyed, she very much sees Princess Beatrice’s stepson, Wolfie, as a grandchild too. 

“Wolfie is already a very much-loved member of their family and the duchess is very keen to stress that she sees Wolfie as their grandchild too”, they stated. 

Princess Beatrice, Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York and Princess Eugenie attend the wedding of Petra Palumbo and Simon Fraser

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Sarah Ferguson will no doubt have thoroughly enjoyed reading her books with Wolfie since he joined their loving family. Whilst Princess Eugenie's son August and Princess Beatrice's first child, due this autumn, will likely get to experience them in the future too.  

Though they might have to wait a while yet to discover the Duchess' latest release, Her Heart for a Compass, which is a huge departure from the children’s books she’s written in recent years. 

Co-written with Marguerite Kaye, it’s based on the life of Sarah’s great-great-aunt, Lady Margaret Montagu Douglas Scott. And it seems to have already gone down a storm as the Duchess told Radio 4’s Front Row that she has now signed a second book deal with publishers Mills & Boon.

“We all have self-doubt,” she told listeners. “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.”

Emma Shacklock
Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with five years experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, GoodToKnow and My Imperfect Life.


Before she joined Future Publishing, Emma graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies. After leaving education, she started out her publishing career in the world of books, working as a Publisher for an independent digital publisher specializing in back-list and debut commercial fiction novels. With a huge book list and a passion for bringing the best stories to the broadest audience possible, Emma filled her spare time with reading the latest best-sellers and catching up on hit adaptations.


In 2017 she joined TI Media as a fiction writing coordinator on Woman’s Weekly and Woman’s Weekly Fiction as part of the features team. From here, she used her love of books, working to bring short stories to our dedicated readers and began writing for the books pages of Woman, Woman’s Own and Woman&Home, as well as online features ranging from genre round-ups to travel pieces for womanandhome.com. 


After honing her skills, Emma branched out online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first. When she’s not writing about the next big lifestyle trend, she enjoys cooking, long walks and watching as many crime dramas as she can!