Prince Harry and Meghan Markle confirmed they would be stepping back from royal duties in January, and cited press intrusion as a key reason. They have departed to the US, and now live in Montecito, California with children Archie, two, and new born Lilibet Diana.
In a wide-ranging interview with ABC’s Good Morning America, the Duchess of York, 61, was asked about her own experience coping with press coverage – and that of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
When asked about how the press has treated Meghan, Fergie replied: “I believe that everybody has a right to their own voice and there should be no judgment on race, creed, colour or any other denomination.
“I personally would never be able to judge another, so I just am not like that.
“I wish Harry and Meghan so much happiness.
“I know Diana would be so proud of her sons and their wives.”
Harry and Meghan sparked more fierce debate in recent weeks after the Duke announced he will be publishing a memoir in 2022.
The book, to be published on the year of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, is set to examine the “highs and lows” of his extraordinary life.
The memoir will be published by Penguin Random House and written “not as the prince” he was, but as the man he has “become”.
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The story will be her first ever novel and is based on the life of red-headed distant relative Lady Margaret.
Drawing on her own experiences to write the book, Fergie said: “Lady Margaret is an extremely wonderful, strong, very resilient redhead who fights for her heart…against extraordinary confines of what is seen as noble and duty.
“I think I couldn’t write that and I couldn’t explain it if I hadn’t had a hint of fighting my own journey through my own compass of my own heart.”