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.
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.’
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.
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.
‘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.