The Duchess of York has revealed that constant comparisons with Diana, Princess of Wales left her so upset that she binged on food to shun her unhappiness.
In an interview to Stella magazine, the Duchess admitted that she was unhappy that the late Princess was known as beautiful, serene, "people’s princess", while she was seen as fun loving, and naughty.
"It’s pretty hard to change people’s perceptions," the Telegraph quoted Sarah as saying.
The Duchess, known affectionately as "Fergie", also had to compete with the newspaper headlines such as "Princess of Pork" after being condemned by media for her perceived extravagant lifestyle, and being overweight.
"I was so unhappy I ate all the time, and then I was pilloried for being overweight, and on the cycle went. I didn’t know how to break it," she said.
"I remember quite clearly Diana saying to me: ''Well, it’s easier for you. I’m at the top of the pedestal, and I have only one way to go. You are at the bottom, so you can really only go up''," she added.The Duchess of York married Prince Andrew, then made the Duke of York by the Queen, at Westminster Abbey in July 1986 and she was initially seen as a breath of fresh air for the Royal family. The couple had two daughters, Beatrice and Eugenie.
However, the marriage hit difficulties after four or five years and the Duchess was seen in the company of other men. In January 1992, the couple announced they were separating and they divorced four years later.