THE Duchess of York, Sarah, is the former wife of Prince Andrew, Duke of York.
A member of the Royal Family, she is involved as a charity promoter, television personality, film producer and author.
Who is Sarah Ferguson?
Ferguson, also known by her nickname Fergie, was born on October 15, 1959.
The Duchess is the daughter of Major Ronald Ferguson and Susan Barrantes and is descended from King Charles II via three of his illegitimate children.
Ferguson’s great-great-grandfather was the 6thth Duke of Buccleuch, and her grandfather was the 8thth Viscount Powerscourt and is also distantly related to Prince Andrew, being both descendants of the Duke of Devonshire and King James VI. and I. are.
Ferguson described her family as “country gentry with some old money,” but despite her impressive lineage, she was no stranger to hard work.
During her teenage years, Fergie worked as a cottage maid, cleaner and waitress and after attending Hurst Lodge School, Ascot, completed a graduate course at Queen’s Secretarial College.
Fergie briefly worked for an art gallery before moving into public relations and later working for a publishing company.
Fergie and Prince Andrew had known each other since childhood, but it was a chance encounter at Royal Ascot in 1985 that would spark their love affair.
The couple announced their engagement and Andrew designed the ring himself, which is made from a Burmese ruby to reflect Fergie’s red hair.
They were married for six years and had two daughters together, Princess Beatrice, born in 1988, and Princess Eugenie, born in 1990 – the eighth and ninth in line to the British throne.
Despite Andrew and Fergie’s divorce, the couple have remained friends over the years.
What is Sarah Ferguson’s net worth?
After the royal marriage ended, Fergie found new ways to make a living and forge her own path.
As a young mother, Fergie began writing children’s books and produced her debut novel, Budgie.
She later wrote her autobiography entitled My Story, which made it into the top 3 of the American bestseller lists.
The Duchess’ most lucrative deal came from Weight Watchers, which she supported in 1997.
As of May 2023, her net worth is estimated to be around £805,280.00 (US$1 million).
How Much Did Sarah Ferguson Earn From Her Books?
Fergie’s autobiography earned her an advance of £800,000.
Her two books, The Royal Switch and Bright Lights, published by New York publisher Delacorte, brought her an estimated £500,000.
Other book titles that landed her impressive deals include Tea for Ruby, Heart for a Compass, and Finding Sarah.
In 2022, Fergie signed a major book deal with Serendipity Press and agreed to write an incredible 22 books for the NBD company.
Will Sarah Ferguson get paid by the royal family?
After Andrew and Fergie divorced, the couple agreed that Fergie would continue to receive 15,853 (£19,800) a year from the royal family.
According to senior sources for The Sunday Telegraph, the Duchess’ divorce settlement totaled around £2million.
It was reported at the time that Fergie was given £500,000 by the Queen to buy a new home for her and her children.
She received £350,000 in cash and £1.4million to set up a trust fund for Beatrice and Eugenie.
Fergie also received a modest monthly allowance based on the Duke of York’s salary as a Royal Navy officer.
The Duchess receives no money from the royal family, but lives in the royal lodge with Andrew and the Queen’s beloved corgis.