Sarah Ferguson Had These Totally Normal Jobs Before Joining the Royal Family

Though Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew have been divorced since 1996, Ferguson has still been a pseudo member of the British Royal Family since 1986. Fergie and the royals haven’t always gotten along– and she’s been embroiled in more than one scandal during her time in the spotlight. However, the Duchess of York has still been present at numerous royal events including Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle’s wedding and her daughter, Princess Eugenie’s wedding to Jack Brooksbank.

These days, the duchess no longer has the same ranking in the royal family that she once did, and the royal family no longer funds her lifestyle. Still, she hasn’t exactly gone back to “traditional” forms of employment that she had before marrying Prince Andrew.

Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson
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Where did Sarah Ferguson work before she married Prince Andrew?

The Duchess of York didn’t go to a traditional college or university. As a teen, she attended Hurst Lodge School in Ascot. Though she was outgoing, the red-headed duchess did not excel academically. Nevertheless, though she came from a well-off family, Fergie was determined to carve out her own career path. At age 18, the duchess graduated from Queen’s Secretarial College in London.

After finishing up her certificate at the secretarial college, Fergie found several positions in London. She worked in an art gallery doing administrative tasks before finding new roles at public relations firms and finally landing on a job at a publishing company. By then, she’d met and fallen in love with Prince Andrew.

Where did Sarah Ferguson work after she and Prince Andrew got divorced?

In 1992, Ferguson’s marriage to Prince Andrew imploded. Though there was infidelity on both sides, the duchess was photographed topless with American oil tycoon John Bryan and she and the prince separated shortly after. They would divorce officially in 1996 with Fergie being stripped of her title, Her Royal Highness. She received a lump sum of £3 million with an additional £15,000/yearly payout. This money would nowhere near support the lifestyle she’d grown accustomed to, so Fergie had to get to work.

Fergie became a Weight Watchers spokesperson

After struggling with her weight following the birth of her daughters, Princess Beatrice, and Princess Eugenie, Fergie was ridiculed in the media. She was called the Duchess of Pork. As a result, Weight Watchers reached out to her, and she became their second spokesperson ever.

Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, holds up a co
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The Duchess of York became a writer

Ferguson also became a writer. She wrote several children’s books including Budgie The Helicopter which became an animated series. She also wrote a self-help book, Reinventing Yourself With The Duchess Of York and an autobiography, My Story: Sarah The Duchess of York.

Sarah Ferguson was a TV personality

In addition to her work as an author and spokesperson, Fergie also became a TV personality. She guest hosted on The View, The Today Show, and Larry King Live. She also had her own mini-series on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network called, Finding Sarah.

She does a ton of charity work

Like the rest of the royal family, Fergie has a heart for charity. She has her own charity –Children in Crisis. The charity’s mission is to help children in some of the world’s poorest countries gain access to education. To this day, Ferguson credits the charity with saving her life.

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