Sarah Ferguson said she “loves” being a young grandmother as she gushed over her two daughters and their husbands in a heartfelt letter about motherhood.
The Duchess of York praised her children, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, in a letter praising their “courage, strength and integrity” and saying she thinks it’s “extraordinary” that they are both mothers.
Beatrice, 33, is expecting her first baby this fall with Italian real estate developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and is the stepmother to his son Wolfie, while Eugenie, 31, welcomed son August Philip Hawke Brooksbank with husband Jack Brooksbank in February.
In the letter, published in Good housekeepingFergie, 61, said she “laughs from the heart” every day knowing she’s a grandmother, and praised her two sons-in-law Edo and Jack.
The Duchess of York crept over her children, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, (pictured in London 2017) in a letter praising their ‘courage, strength and integrity’ and saying she thinks it’s ‘extraordinary’ that they are both mothers
Sarah Ferguson said she “loves” being a young grandmother as she gushed over her two daughters and their husbands in a heartfelt letter about motherhood. Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank are pictured with their son August
“Because I’m 61, I’m a young grandmother, and I love it,” she wrote. “I smile from my heart every day, because that’s what it feels like to be a grandma.”
Sarah, who recently wrote Mills and Boon’s novel My Heart is a Compass, has written more than 25 books over the years and said her grandchildren are the perfect audience.
She said her children have been the “blood in her veins” since they were toddlers and praised her daughters’ kindness and sense of humor.
“You have stood steadfast in the face of so much adversity,” she said. “Whatever you encounter, you still remain in harmony with life. I’ve always taught you the three C’s – communication, compromise and compassion – and you demonstrate all three. I want you to go forward and up. Always look up.’
Beatrice, 33, is expecting her first baby this fall with Italian real estate developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and is the stepmother of his son Wolfie. She was pictured at Wimbledon earlier this year
In the letter, Sarah says she thinks it’s “extraordinary” that both her daughters are married and have children. She adds that motherhood has changed the way she looks at her daughters.
“We’ve been just us for 33 years, but now you’re creating your own families, and I couldn’t be happier for both of you and my wonderful sons-in-law, Jack and Edo,” she wrote.
‘I am amazed at your cleverness in how you live your life. Nothing gives me more pleasure than seeing you wonderful mothers.’
She passed on her parenting advice to her daughters, writing, “As your children take their own journey, please teach them to be authentic to themselves, as I have taught you.
Fergie and Andrew split in 1992 after six years of marriage and divorced four years later, but continued to share a house at the Royal Lodge to co-parent their now grown children. She is pictured on the left dropping a young Eugenie off to school on her first day at Upton House, on the right the couple is spotted walking hand in hand
“Tell them to always try to find joy—to see nature, to hear the birds sing, to feel the raindrops that make trees smile. Believe in fairies and the magic of every day. Never give up on smiles and rainbows, and remember the saying “This too will pass, like the clouds in the sky.”
The Duchess of York also took the opportunity to talk about her relationship with her own grandparents, including her maternal grandmother, whom she named Grummy, who inspired her charitable work.
Grummy was my total inspiration. She always said, “If you feel bad about yourself, give to others”. Grummy set me on the path to charity and philanthropy, leading to my starting Children in Crisis in 1992.
She always loved the quote from AA Milne, ‘You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think’, which seemed useful and wise to me.
‘My grandfather passed away when I was very young; he was so special and brave. I called him Puff because he really made me believe that if I blew his pocket watch it would pop open (of course he did, but when I was little it was such a great trick).’
Her father’s parents, whom she named Gargar and Pop, taught the Duchess about Scotland and tea leaves, and the mother says she sees aspects of both sets of grandparents in her two girls.
Beatrice tied the knot with Edo in September 2020 and the couple are expecting a child together later this year. The couple was pictured together at Wimbledon this year
Beatrice tied the knot with Edo in September 2020 and the couple are expecting a child together later this year.
Her baby boy or girl will be born 11th in line to the throne, and although their mother is a princess, they will simply be Master or Miss Mozzi – as well as a half-brother and half-sister to Edo’s son, Wolfje.
The baby will be Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson’s second grandchild and the Queen’s eleventh great-grandchild.
Beatrice, ninth in line to the throne, is the only princess in the British royal family to marry anyone with children and adopt a stepchild.
Her husband, a real estate mogul, shares a young son, two-year-old Christopher “Wolfie” Woolf, with his glamorous former fiancée of three and a half years, Dara Huang.
The Queen’s granddaughter described her role as stepmother to Edo’s son Wolfie, five, calling him her “bonus son” during an interview with author Giovanna Fletcher for Hello!’s Back to School digital release.
The only other stepparent in Queen Elizabeth II’s immediate family is her son Prince Charles, who became stepfather to Camilla Parker Bowles’ son Tom and daughter Laura when they married in 2005.
In February, Beatrice’s sister Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank welcomed baby August., pictured LR with father Jack. She welcomed her first child, who is the 11th in line to the throne, with Jack on February 9 at London’s Portland Hospital.
In turn, the Duchess of Cornwall has become a stepmother to William and Harry and a step-grandmother to Wills and Kate’s children, Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two.
In February, Beatrice’s sister Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank welcomed baby August.
She welcomed her first child, who is the 11th in line to the throne, with Jack on February 9 at London’s Portland Hospital. Three days later, on February 12, the couple was photographed leaving the hospital.
Last month, the new mum revealed the name and shared her first family photo with her son – the Queen’s ninth great-grandchild – believed to have been taken on the grounds of Frogmore Cottage, where the couple currently reside.
Eugenie went on to reveal that the name was a touching tribute to Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert, whose birth name was Franz Albert August Karl Emanuel, and Prince Philip, who died this year at the age of 99.
On Mother’s Day, Princess Eugenie paid tribute to her mother in a throwback to where Fergie held her as a baby in 1990.
Alongside the touching tributes, the Queen’s granddaughter wrote, “I’m so excited to be August’s mother and as you can see I’m enjoying my first Mother’s Day.”
“I’m also celebrating my beautiful mama with this photo of us from March 1990. You taught me so much. Happy Mother’s Day everyone.’