Sarah Ferguson pens letter forgiving late mother
Britain’s Duchess of York has forgiven her late mother in an open letter.
Sarah Ferguson – the ex-wife of Prince Andrew, Duke of York – penned the letter to Susan Barrantes, who left her at the age of eight to live in Argentina, where she was killed in a car accident in 1998.
In the heartfelt passage, the 55-year-old writer says she forgives her mum for leaving to live with her second husband Hector Barrantes, and wishes she was still alive to talk to.
She wrote: “It has been 17 years since you departed on your last drive from the farm in Argentina.
“There is not a day that doesn’t go by when I wish I could pick up the telephone and tell you what I have been doing.”
In the letter – which has been written for Lisa Erspamer’s book ‘A Letter to My Mom’, which is being released to celebrate Mother’s Day in the US – she also gushes about her daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, who she says remind her of her mother.
She continues: “To tell you how your granddaughters have excelled and shine.
“They continually remind me of your magnetic energy and the humility with which you lived your life for 62 years.”
Sarah – who divorced Prince Andrew in 1996 after 10 years of marriage – added she still loves her mother, despite the fact she left when she was so young.
She wrote: “I look back now and thank you, forgive you, and love you more. You gave me the strength to look at life differently. I am convinced I would never be the strong person I am inwardly had I not had to come to terms with the sense of abandonment.”