Monday 10 December 2018

Princess Beatrice: 'My mother is one of the most misunderstood women in the world'

Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York (R) and Princess Beatrice of York attend the Fashion for Relief event during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Aeroport Cannes Mandelieu on May 21, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)
Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York (R) and Princess Beatrice of York attend the Fashion for Relief event during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Aeroport Cannes Mandelieu on May 21, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Beatrice leave York Minster after a Maundy Thursday Service at on April 5, 2012 in York, England. Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Beatrice are visiting York today as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Princess Beatrice, producer Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson, and Princess Eugenie arrive at The Young Victoria Los Angeles Screening at the Pacific Theatres at The Grove on December 3, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
(L-R) Princess Eugenie Ferguson, Sarah Ferguson,the Duchess of York, and Princess Beatrice Ferguson attend the premiere of "Young Victoria" at the Roy Thompson Hall as part of the Toronto International Film Festival on September 19, 2009 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jim Ross/Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth with Princess Beatrice at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice and Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York hold hands in the parade ring on day 4 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 19, 2015 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Princess Beatrice of York and Sarah, Duchess of York attends The Novak Djokovic Foundation's inaugural dinner at Capitale on September 12, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)
Princess Beatrice of York (L), Princess Eugenie of York (C) and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (R) watch the action from the royal balcony during the Investec Derby, at the start of the weekend marking the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, at Epsom Racecourse on June 2, 2012 in Epsom, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
Princess Beatrice of York is seen in the Parade Ring as she attends Royal Ascot 2017 at Ascot Racecourse on June 22, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Princess Beatrice of York and Princess Eugenie of York attend Royal Ascot 2017 at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Princess Beatrice attending the V and A Summer Party held at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London
(left to right) Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Beatrice at a garden party at Buckingham Palace on May 16, 2017 in London, England .(Photo by Victoria Jones - WPA Pool /Getty Images)
Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie during the Trooping the Colour on June 13, 2015 in London, England.
Princess Eugenie of York (L) and Princess Beatrice of York are seen in the Parade Ring as she attends Royal Ascot 2017 at Ascot Racecourse on June 22, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Princess Beatrice has opened up about her remarkably close relationship with her mother Sarah Ferguson, describing her as "one of the most misunderstood women in the world."

After Sarah divorced Prince Andrew in 1996, she was given the title Duchess of York, things between her and the rest of the British royals have reportedly been strained over the years. Back in 1992, she was having her toes sucked by financial adviser John Bryant and as recently as 2010, she was embroiled in fresh scandal when she was recorded bargaining an introduction to her ex-husband for £500,000. She apologised for the "serious lapse in judgment".

Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice and Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York hold hands in the parade ring on day 4 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 19, 2015 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice and Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York hold hands in the parade ring on day 4 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 19, 2015 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

But time heals all wounds and her oldest daughter certainly cherishes her and her positive influence, praising her mother for always teaching her and her sister Princess Eugenie the importance of kindness.

"We've been through some incredibly stressful times together as a family and every single minute she created joy. I am so lucky that I get to lean from her every single day. I'm inspired by her ability to give, even when she's going through something hard," she told Hello! magazine.

"Her grandmother always said,'When you feel bad about yourself, go out there and do something for somebody else'. That's an incredible motto that my family has always lived by. My mother is just remakrable."

Beatrice, who lives in New York where she works with an American software company, went on to praise her grandmother, Britain's Queen Elizabeth for her support as a role model.

Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Beatrice leave York Minster after a Maundy Thursday Service at on April 5, 2012 in York, England. Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Beatrice are visiting York today as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Beatrice leave York Minster after a Maundy Thursday Service at on April 5, 2012 in York, England. Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Beatrice are visiting York today as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

"I have two role models, my mother and my grandmother. They are both formidable women. I think having female role models is incredibly important and I am very lucky that I happen to be related to these two incredible women," she added.

"I find my grandmother inspiring every day because her overwhelming sense of duty is linked with an overwhelming sense of curiousity. Every day she's curious to lean something, to do something new. And I think that at 91 years old, she goes out in the community with a genuine curiosity as to how she can be a force for good in the world. She also looks for ways in which she can inspire communities and I admire the way she works so hard."

Britain's Queen Elizabeth with Princess Beatrice at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth with Princess Beatrice at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
Princess Beatrice of York and Sarah, Duchess of York attends The Novak Djokovic Foundation's inaugural dinner at Capitale on September 12, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)
Princess Beatrice of York and Sarah, Duchess of York attends The Novak Djokovic Foundation's inaugural dinner at Capitale on September 12, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)

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