Sarah Ferguson reveals the emotional promise she made to Princess Diana before her death

Sarah Ferguson has shared the heartwarming promise she made to Princess Diana before her tragic death

Diana, Princess of Wales (1961 - 1997) with Sarah Ferguson at the Guard's Polo Club, Windsor, June 1983. The Princess is wearing a jumper with a sheep motif from the London shop, Warm And Wonderful.
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Sarah Ferguson's touching promise to Princess Diana before she died has highlighted just how close the two royal icons were during their friendship. 

Sarah Ferguson has opened up about her special relationship with Princess Diana, revealing the emotional promise they exchanged before her tragic death in 1997. 

The ex-wife of Prince Andrew was famously tight with the late royal, who also just happened to be her fourth cousin. Their friendship, and alleged subsequent fallout, was widely covered by the British tabloids, who would regularly publish stories about the duo’s shenanigans within the walls of Buckingham Palace

Despite hailing from the same noble ancestry, Diana and Fergie didn’t meet until their teens. According to Fergie, the aristocratic pair were first introduced at the age of 15 or 16, when they sparked an almost immediate connection. They quickly became staples in other's lives, catching up every week for lunch and gatecrashing high-end parties. 

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Sarah Ferguson and Princess Diana in 1991 

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The two women reportedly hit a bump in their friendship when Fergie was denied an invitation to the reception of Diana's wedding to Prince Charles in 1981. The so-called snub prompted the media to stir rumors of a rift between the pair, with many reports claiming that Fergie was angry and embarrassed over the rejection. The drama wasn’t enough to tear the duo apart, though. They remained close throughout Diana's early years at the palace, with Fergie helping her friend to navigate the challenges of royal life. 

Lady Diana Spencer, wearing yellow dungarees with a floral blouse and red wedges, and Sarah Ferguson attend a polo match at Cowdray Park Polo Club in Gloucestershire, 12th July 1981. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)

Diana and Fergie at Cowdray Park Polo Club in Gloucestershire in 1981 

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In the wake of Princess Diana's statue unveiling to mark her 60th birthday, the Duchess of York has shared some touching reflections about her bond with the late royal. 

”We promised each other we would always be together—there was never any daylight between us,” she told People magazine. “But everybody wanted that, because we were so strong together. People want to break something so strong.”

The Duchess also reminisced about her happy memories of the Princess of Wales, crediting her for helping her to fulfill her public duties. Fergie married the Duke of York, Prince Charles’s younger brother, five years after Diana joined the Royal Family. Like Diana, the Duchess went through a high-profile divorce after her relationship with Prince Andrew collapsed. 

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - MARCH 08: Diana, Princess of Wales (L), wearing a brown suede skirt and black boots, and Sarah, Duchess of York arrive in the snow at Zurich Airport for a skiing holiday on March 8, 1988 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)

Fergie and Diana in Zurich, Switzerland in 1988

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“She taught me so much of public life,” she added. “She was so brave. We used to have the most incredible time together.” The two women, who were both stuck in unhappy marriages, reportedly even plotted to leave their husbands at the same time. Although it ultimately fell through, Princess Diana's divorce pact with Sarah Ferguson revealed just how tight-knit the pair were at the time.

Sadly, the two women were not on good terms when Diana died in 1997. Fergie was in the process of trying to reconcile with her old friend when she received the devastating news that she had been killed in a car crash in Paris. To add more pain to an already heartbreaking story, Diana had apparently been intending to reach out to Fergie, too. 

“The saddest thing, at the end, we hadn't spoken for a year,” the Duchess told Harper’s Bazaar in 2007. 

“I tried, wrote letters, thinking whatever happened didn’t matter, ‘let's sort it out.’ And I knew she’d come back. In fact, the day before she died she rang a friend of mine and said, ‘Where’s that Red? I want to talk to her.'"

Despite the rocky end to their friendship, Fergie has always kept the legacy of her beloved friend alive. “I really miss Diana. I loved her so much,” she said. “Diana was one of the quickest wits I knew; nobody made me laugh like her.”

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Emma is a Lifestyle News Writer for woman&home. Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, she mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.


Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.