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Sarah Ferguson reveals Queen Elizabeth II’s final words to her

 September 2, 2023

Former member of the British Royal Family, Sarah Ferguson, has revealed the final words that Queen Elizabeth II said to her before her death.

Known widely as "Fergie," Ferguson recently gave insight into the last words the late monarch shared with her before her passing in September 2022.

The Duchess of York was discussing her struggle with breast cancer during an episode of her podcast Tea Talks with the Duchess & Sarah.

That is when she shared that the queen had encouraged her to be herself, as reported by the Daily Wire.

Ferguson's battle with cancer

The 63-year-old said that her recent battle with breast cancer helped her "wake up" and embrace her true self, regardless of what others thought.

She shared the queen's final words to her during the podcast.

“It’s the last thing that the queen said to me: ‘Just be yourself, Sarah. And she saw it. She just got so annoyed when I wasn’t being myself. And that’s probably when I got into all the pickles. But now I am myself, and I’m just so lucky to be able to be myself.”

Ferguson's complicated relationship with the Queen

Ferguson was married to Prince Andrew from 1986 to 1996 and shares daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie with him.

Her relationship with the queen had been a complicated one over the years, particularly after the infamous "toe-sucking scandal" in 1992 in which paparazzi captured photos of the duchess cavorting with a business associate in the South of France.

Queen Elizabeth II detested negative publicity.

She referred to this incident, among others, as her "annus horribilis" (horrible year).

It's unclear when the queen made the aforementioned remarks to Ferguson.

But a report from the Times of London noted that the queen was in good spirits the weekend just prior to her death.

Queen Elizabeth II's passing

The Right Rev. Iain Greenshields recalled dining with Her Majesty at Balmoral at the time and was shocked to learn of her grave illness shortly thereafter. Greenshields said:

It was a fantastic visit. Her memory was absolutely amazing, and she was really full of fun... It came as a great shock to me when I heard she was gravely ill because she was in amazingly good form over the weekend … It was only a few days ago, I can’t believe it.

In a past conversation with Good Morning America, the Duchess of York had shared that the Queen's passing, in a way, allowed her to fully embrace her identity. She said:

I don’t know whether it’s the Queen passing that makes me think I can now openly say what I want to say without worrying I’m going to offend somebody. I’m really, truly authentic Sarah now.

Queen Elizabeth II passed away at the age of 96 after a record-breaking reign of 70 years.

She remained on the throne for the longest period of time of any monarch in British history and enjoyed the longest verified reign of any female head of state in history.

Conclusion

  • Sarah Ferguson revealed Queen Elizabeth II's final words to her: "Just be yourself, Sarah."
  • Ferguson shared this during a discussion about her battle with breast cancer on her podcast.
  • The duchess had a complicated relationship with the queen, especially after the "toe-sucking scandal" in 1992.
  • Queen Elizabeth II passed away at 96 after a record-breaking 70-year reign.