Sarah Ferguson May Have Revealed the Last Words Princess Diana Ever Said to Her

Sarah “Fergie” Ferguson, Duchess of York once married to Prince Andrew, Duke of York, opened up about the last words her “best friend” told her before her death — words that she now lives by — during a video posted to her Instagram account on World Kindness Day, Nov.13, 2019. Continue reading to learn why the person the 60-year-old referenced very well could have been her former sister-in-law and late friend, Princess Diana. 

Best friend told her to ‘spread the word of kindness’

In an Instagram video from Saudi Arabia, Ferguson shared a message about World Kindness Day and talked about being met with “extraordinary kindness” during her time there, according to the Daily Mail. She continued saying that she does her best to live by the last words her “best friend” ever told her. 

Not revealing the person’s name or when they died, Ferguson opened up about what they told her. “My best friend, before she died, she said, “Fergie, just remember to be kind, and spread the word of kindness.’”

While Ferguson didn’t confirm the “best friend” who imparted those wise words to her, the Duchess of York has been known to refer to Princess Diana as her best friend. In her 1996 autobiography, My Story: Sarah the Duchess of York, the mother of two wrote this about her former sister-in-law a year before her tragic death: “She was two years younger than I, and I strove to support and protect her as I would a younger sister—as I still do today, as a best friend.”

Princess Diana and Sarah Ferguson at a Polo Match in 1987
Princess Diana and Sarah Ferguson at a Polo Match in 1987 | Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

And in a Nov. 2018 interview with the Daily Mail, Ferguson did the same thing again. “Diana was my best friend and the funniest person I knew,” she told the publication. 

History of their friendship

The two royals had what would become a complicated friendship that started when Princess Diana, then Lady Diana Spencer, and Ferguson were 19 and 21 years old respectively. Although they had known each other growing up they didn’t become close until the 1980s

After Princess Diana married Prince Charles in 1981, she played matchmaker for Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Ferguson, making sure they both attended the same events. Then they became sisters-in-law and were often seen at polo matches or official events for the royal family goofing off, something that didn’t sit well with every member of the family’s firm.

Sarah Ferguson and Princess Diana in 1990
Sarah Ferguson, Prince Harry, and Princess Diana in 1990 | Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images

Ahead of the Duke and Duchess of York’s royal wedding in 1986 at Ferguson’s bachelorette party, the two women played a prank on Prince Andrew by locking the gates of Buckingham Palace

However, the friendship between the two women went sour when Ferguson declined to sign a confidentiality agreement as part of her divorce settlement from Prince Andrew in 1996. Princess Diana had signed one herself when she and Prince Charles officially split up that same year. 

On top of that, Princess Diana reportedly became upset with her former sister-in-law when she learned Ferguson included an anecdote in her biography that she got plantar warts from wearing Princess Diana’s shoes. Princess Diana died in 1997 and the two hadn’t spoken for a year but it later came out that the late royal may have tried to reconcile with Ferguson.