Sarah Ferguson Is Spending ‘Real Quality Time’ With Princess Eugenie and Loving It

Sarah, Duchess of York is opening up about life at home during the coronavirus.

The 60-year-old is known for her marriage to Prince Andrew, Duke of York that ended in 1996 after 10 years of marriage. She’s also known for making headlines during her time in the British royal family, namely the toe-sucking scandal that sealed the deal on her and Andrew’s divorce. Today, after slowly being welcomed back inside the royal fold, Sarah continues her career as an author of children’s books. Ahead, learn why the Duchess of York has been enjoying her time at home.

Sarah Ferguson has always been close with her daughters

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Sarah is all about being there for her and Andrew’s two daughters; 31-year-old Princess Beatrice of York and 30-year-old Princess Eugenie of York. Despite their divorce, the Duke and Duchess of York continued to see each other often.

They’ve gone on family vacations with Beatrice and Eugenie, been spotted at royal events side by side, and have even lived together. In fact, Sarah and Andrew remain so close that rumors swirled of a rekindled romance in 2019. The Duchess of York dismissed the chatter, saying she and her ex are focused on being the best parents they can be for Eugenie and Beatrice.   

She says Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank are staying with her

Sarah is using quarantine as an opportunity to see her youngest daughter more. Per Express, during a May 2020 spot on City Island Podcast the Duchess of York spoke with host, Darlton Harris, about how she’s handling life during COVID-19.

Sarah explained that Eugenie and her husband, Jack Brooksbank, have been staying with her at the Royal Lodge. It’s the 30-room royal residence the Queen Mother called home until her death in 2002 the Duke of York has occupied since 2004. Clearly with rooms numbering in the double digits, there’s plenty of space for the entire family. 

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“During this lockdown period I’ve really loved spending more time with Eugenie and Jack,” she said before adding they got married in an October 2018 royal wedding.

After they tied the knot, the couple got a place of their own meaning Sarah didn’t see as much of her daughter as she once did. But because they’ve all been staying together at the Royal Lodge, Sarah has been able to spend more time with her daughter and her son-in-law. 

It’s ‘been a total joy’ for Sarah Ferguson 

While being stuck at home with family can be difficult at times, being hunkered down with Eugenie has been great for the Duchess of York. She explained on the podcast being back under the same roof with her youngest daughter has been wonderful because she hasn’t “seen her so much” as a result of her living with Brooksbank. 

“It’s been a total joy to spend real quality time with her,” Sarah said. 

Sarah Ferguson and her daughter, Princess Eugenie, attend The Miles Frost Fund party, 2017
Sarah Ferguson and Princess Eugenie at the Miles Frost Fund party in 2017 | David M Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images

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When Eugenie and Sarah aren’t busy doing what they can to support organizations helping with COVID-19 relief, they’re in the kitchen. The Duchess of York shared she and Eugenie have baked together. For “[the] first time in 30 years I even baked a lemon drizzle cake with her,” Sarah said before adding that being at home has been “fantastic.”

So, while there’s no doubt COVID-19 has been devastating, it’s also given Sarah and Eugenie the opportunity to spend time together. Meanwhile, the Duchess of York’s oldest daughter, Beatrice, is staying with her fiancé, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, at his mother’s home. 

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