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Fergie says Princess Diana ‘would have loved’ Princess Eugenie’s wedding

Princess Diana would have loved the latest royal wedding, according to her former sister-in-law.

Sarah Ferguson said she thought about her late friend as she sat down to watch daughter Princess Eugenie tie the knot last month.

The Duchess of York said there were many small tributes to late friends and family throughout the service and reception.

TOPSHOT - Mother of the bride, Sarah, Duchess of York arrives to attend the wedding of Britain's Princess Eugenie of York to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Steve Parsons / POOL / AFP)STEVE PARSONS/AFP/Getty Images

Sarah Ferguson used her late mother’s handbag for the royal wedding (Picture: Getty)

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 12: Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank leave St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle following their wedding at St. George's Chapel on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)

Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank leave St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle following their wedding (Picture: WireImage)

She used her late mother Susan’s vintage Manolo Blahnik handbag while there was a picture of her late father Major Ronald Ferguson at the venue.

Fergie, 59, told the Daily Mail she thought about Princess Diana during the October 12th wedding at Windsor Castle.

‘I thought of absent friends and family; of Diana — but she’s with me all the time. What I miss most is her tinkling laughter,’ she said.

‘Diana was my best friend and the funniest person I knew.

‘She had such timing and wit. It was a total joy to be with her because we just laughed and enjoyed life so much, and I know she would have loved the wedding.’

The Princess of Wales and the Duchess of York on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Trooping the Colour ceremony, June 1991. The Princess is wearing a Catherine Walker suit and Philip Somerville hat. (Photo by Jayne Fincher/Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images)

The Princess of Wales and the Duchess of York on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Trooping the Colour ceremony, June 1991 (Picture: Hulton Royal Collection)

Sharing the semi-State Landau, Queen Elizabeth II and Major Ronald Ferguson, driving back to Buckingham Palace after the marriage of their children, the newly created Duke of York and Sarah Ferguson.

Sharing the semi-State Landau, Queen Elizabeth II and Major Ronald Ferguson, driving back to Buckingham Palace after the marriage of their children (Picture: PA)

Library file 219745-1, dated 20.7.86. Mrs Susan Barrantes mother of Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, with her second husband, Argentinian polo player Hector Barrantes: Mrs Barrantes, the former wife of the Duchess's father Major Ronald Ferguson, has died in a car crash in Argentina. See PA story DEATH Barrantes. /PA **AVAILABLE B/W ONLY**

Fergie’s mother Susan Barrantes with her second husband, Argentinian polo player Hector (Picture: PA)

As well as sisters-in-law, Diana and Sarah Ferguson were family friends whose parents went to school together.

They adjusted to Royal life at the same time and both weathered the storm of divorce in the public eye.

Fergie’s mother Susan was killed in 1998 aged 61 in a car crash in Argentina, where she lived with her second husband, polo player Hector Barrantes.

Her father, Major Ronald Ferguson – a long-time friend of the Royal Family – died in 2003.

Princess Eugenie’s other grandparents were present for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank – and the event marked the first time Prince Philip and Fergie have been in the same room together for 25 years.

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 19: Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York and Prince Andrew, Duke of York on day 4 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 19, 2015 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)

Fergie said she is ‘divorced to’ her ex-husband Prince Andrew (Picture: Getty)

(Original Caption) Prince Andrew is seen kissing Sarah Ferguson on the balcony, after their wedding ceremony at Buckingham Palace in this photo. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Edward stand to the right of the couple.

The couple on their wedding day alongside the Queen Mother (Picture: Bettmann)

They posed close to each other in the official pictures and royal observers said there was a noticeable thaw in the previous tension.

While Fergie has maintained a good relationship with the Queen after her divorce from second son Prince Andrew, the Duke of Edinburgh is said to have refused to speak to her.

It is claimed he said she ‘brought shame’ on the Royal Family with the infamous toe-sucking photographs in 1992, while separated from Prince Andrew.

In the wide-ranging interview with the newspaper, Fergie was full of praise for her former father-in-law.

She described him as ‘an incredible man.’

‘It was a lovely photograph of us all together. It was very good to be with him again.

This handout official wedding photograph released by the Royal Communications of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank through Buckingham Palace on October 13, 2018 shows Britain's Princess Eugenie of York (CR) and her husband Jack Brooksbank (CL) posing in the White Drawing Room, Windsor Castle, on October 12, 2018 with (L-R bank row) Thomas Brooksbank; Nicola Brooksbank; George Brooksbank; Princess Beatrice of York; Sarah, Duchess of York; Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York, (L-R middle row) Prince George of Cambridge; Princess Charlotte of Cambridge; Britain's Queen Elizabeth II; Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh; Maud Windsor; Louis De Givenchy; (L-R front row) Theodora Williams; Mia Tindall; Isla Phillips; and Savannah Phillips. (Photo by Alex BRAMALL / BUCKINGHAM PALACE / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / BUCKINGHAM PALACE / ALEX BRAMALL "- NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS, NO USE ON SOUVENIRS OR MEMORABILIA, NOT FOR USE AFTER APRIL 20, 2019 - NO CROPPING, MANIPULATION OR MODIFICATION - RESTRICTED TO SUBSCRIPTION USE - NO SALES - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS / ALEX BRAMALL/AFP/Getty Images

The official picture was the first time Prince Philip and Fergie have been in the same room since her divorce (Picture: Getty)

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank walk down the aisle of the Quire after they were married at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle.

The royal wedding had small tributes to late friends and family (Picture: PA)

‘My father and he used to play polo together. It brought back memories of that.’

Despite their divorce in 1996, Prince Andrew and Fergie still famously live together in Royal Lodge, Windsor, and have jointly raised their two daughters, Eugenie and older sister Beatrice.

She has always been full of praise for her former husband, saying ‘we’re divorced to each other, not from each other.’

There has been constant speculation about whether or not they would ever remarry.

The Duchess side-steps the question, simply saying they are ‘happy with the way they are.’

‘We enjoy each other’s company; we allow each other to blossom. I know it sounds like a fairy tale but that’s the way we are,’ she added.



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