SARAH FERGUSON was mocked on the Jeremy Vine show by royal expert Dawn Neesom who took a dig at the Duchess of York for her past “toe sucking” scandal.
The Duchess has expressed empathy for Meghan Markle and opened up about their shared struggles in a recent interview, claiming she understands Prince Harry’s wife as she’s been in her same shoes. But speaking on the Jeremy Vine show, Daily Star columnist Dawn Neesom joked about the support Fergie gave to Meghan by making reference to the Duchess of York’s past scandal.
She said: “It’s quite funny that Fergie says ‘I’ve been in her shoes’.
“Well, Fergie’s problem was keeping her shoes on and having her toes sucked, wasn’t it?!”
The Duchess of York was a royal outsider when she married Prince Andrew in 1986.
While they divorced a decade later they remained close for the sake of their two daughters Princess Beatrice, 31, and Eugenie, 29, and are firm friends to this day.
Fergie recently opened up about her struggles with royal life in an interview with Vogue Arabia and compared herself to Prince Harry’s wife Meghan Markle.
Fergie has claimed her time in the royal bubble means she has experienced “bullying” like Meghan Markle.
She told Vogue Arabia: “I know what Meghan is going through.”
“It must be hard for Meghan, and I can relate to her.
“I believe she is modern and fabulous. She was famous before. She is great.
“Why can’t Meghan be great? Why can’t she be celebrated?”
Fergiewas caught up in 1992 in her now-infamous “toe-sucking” scandal – and the Duchess of York held Princess Diana responsible for tipping the paparazzi off about her whereabouts for the bombshell photographs, according to royal experts.
Although Fergie writes Diana helped her through the excruciating stay at Balmoral when the news broke in 1992, royal experts believe the Duchess of York in fact blamed Princess Diana for the scandal.
In her 2007 book “The Diana Chronicles”, Tina Brown writes: “I am told Fergie believes it was the Princess of Wales who leaked the Duchess of York’s whereabouts in France.
“Except for Fergie’s police protection officer, the only person who knew where she was going was Diana.”
The Daily Mail’s Richard Kay, who was friends with Princess Diana and famously helped her navigate her press coverage, also wrote about how Diana sent him a cryptic message just before the Fergie scandal hit.
In 2014, Mr Kay wrote: “The pager in my pocket hummed urgently. In those pre-texting days, they were the only reliable way to receive important messages.
“I glanced at the screen. ‘The redhead’s in trouble,’ it said.
“I knew the unsigned message was almost certainly from the Princess of Wales.
“It was August 1992, and for once the latest rumour surrounding the royals was focused on Sarah Ferguson.
“There was talk that her true relationship with Texan John Bryan, with whom she had been travelling after separating from Prince Andrew, was to be finally exposed. And Diana had obviously got wind of it.”