Sarah Ferguson has landed a surprising new reality TV role

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The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, has landed a surprising new TV role - judging celebrities as they dance with horses on a new US reality show.

The Duchess of York has an exciting new project on the horizon – and it's not what you might have expected.

Sarah is set to appear as a judge on new US reality show Dancing with Horses, which will see celebrities compete to create complex dance routines with horses.

Producer Claudia Rosencrantz revealed Sarah's role to Deadline, calling the royal "wonderful".

“She was a judge and she was wonderful to work with,” Claudia, who is formerly head of entertainment at ITV, told the site.

"It's been eight years in my head trying to get those horses dancing," she continued.

"It's literally the most beautiful thing I've ever seen. It's like Dancing With The Stars but your partner is a horse and it is an absolutely, exquisite, complicated, wonderful show."

According to the producer, the pilot was shot in the UK so they had access to highly-trained horses from Britain and France. And it sounds like the results made it absolutely worth it.

"It made me extremely happy," she shared. "I saw it, and at last thought I can die happy."

Claudia has previously worked on I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, but this might have been her most challenging venture yet. She admitted that the production process was "complicated", but said that animal welfare group American Humane was involved in "absolutely every minute of what we were filming".

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Meanwhile when it comes to entertainment, Duchess Sarah is certainly a seasoned pro. The ex-wife of Prince Andrew has made TV appearances in Friends and The Vicar of Dibley. Not to mention Storytime with Fergie and Friends; her lockdown YouTube series in which she animatedly reads stories for children.

Daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie have both guest starred on their mother's web series.

When newlywed Beatrice appeared on the children's series earlier this month, Sarah let slip the sweet nickname she keeps for her eldest daughter.

“Oh my darling Trixie-Belle, I cannot thank you enough for doing this for your Mummy," she said proudly during her introduction.

Kate McCusker

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