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