Inside Princess Diana and Duchess Sarah Ferguson’s Complicated Friendship

These days, the world is obsessed with the plush royal lives of Duchess Meghan Markle and Duchess Kate Middleton. However, before Meghan and Kate, two other royal ladies ruled the tabloids. In the ’80s and ’90s, Princess Diana and Duchess Sarah “Fergie” Ferguson were the royal sister-in-laws that no one could stop talking about. Over the years, the ladies had a tumultuous relationship; sometimes they were two peas in a pod and other times they were enemies.

In fact, when Princess Diana was tragically killed in a car accident in 1997, the two women had not spoken in a year. Take a peek inside the complicated friendship of two women who found themselves trapped in the House of Windsor.

1. Fourth cousins

Princess Diana and Duchess Sarah Ferguson

Princess Diana and Duchess Sarah Ferguson | Royally Fergie via Instagram

  • Princess Diana and Duchess Sarah Ferguson are descendants of William Cavendish, Fourth Duke of Devonshire

Many people don’t know this, but Princess Diana and Duchess Sarah Ferguson were actually forth cousins. Both women are descendants of William Cavendish, Fourth Duke of Devonshire. In fact, their mothers went to school together, and they had known each other since they were children.

Though they fell out of touch with one another due to the divorce between Princess Diana’s parents, they would reconnect as young women during very pivotal points of each other’s lives.

Next: The year they reconnected. 

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