Sarah Ferguson: 'I was drowning in food before 3st weight loss’
* She lost weight after realising she was close to the weight she had reached while pregnant
* In an interview with HELLO! magazine she also talked about how she felt she was “drowning in food”
Published 17/03/2014 | 09:57
The Duchess of York lost three stone after being horrified to realise she was close to the weight she had reached while pregnant, she has said.
She has spoken about how her battles with her weight made it difficult to go out in public and hurt her, reaching into the “depths of my soul”.
In an interview with HELLO! magazine she also talked about how she felt she was “drowning in food”.
The Duchess, who was at one stage a Weight Watchers ambassador, dropped her weight over a period of five months by cutting out sugar and sticking to a regular exercise regime.
She said she was prompted to take action when she stood on the scales and realised she was nearly as heavy as when she was pregnant with the first of her two daughters, Princess Beatrice, who is now 25.
“That really frightened me,” said the 54-year-old Duchess. “Beatrice was an 8lb 8oz baby and I was only 6lb off my full-blown pregnancy weight. I decided to make a change.”
“I used to be so angry – I believed that I had lost control. I couldn’t fit into any of my clothes.
“I was just drowning in eating, drowning in food.
“It took courage to go out in public in all the years I have been overweight. Every time there was a 'Duchess of Pork’ or 'Fat Frumpy Fergie’ headline, they didn’t have any idea they were reaching to the depths of my soul.”
She has now been appointed as an ambassador for the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London. The magazine also promises to disclose “how she beat her demons” and “her special bond with Prince Andrew”.
Last year, she told The Daily Telegraph: “He’s still my handsome prince, he’ll always be my handsome prince. It’s lovely that we are such a family and the story has a happy ending all the time.
“We really respect each other and we honour each other and it’s just lovely to have that sense of integrity, to what we believe is right; to what is good. And that’s the way we are.”
* The full interview is in the latest edition of HELLO! which is out now.