Sarah, Duchess of York (born October 15, 1959) is the former wife of Prince Andrew, Duke of York. She was born as Sarah Margaret Ferguson, and due to her maiden name is often referred to as "Fergie". During her marriage to Andrew she was styled Her Royal Highness The Duchess of York, and became Sarah, Duchess of York upon her divorce, although this style would lapse if she remarried.
Sarah is the daughter of Major Ronald Ivor Ferguson (1931 - 2003) and Susan Mary Wright (1937 - 1998). She married the Duke of York on July 23, 1986, and they had two daughters, named Beatrice and Eugenie, before divorcing in 1996. Despite their divorce, the couple remain close and live together with their children.
Sarah struggled with her weight, under intense media spotlight, and is now a spokesperson for Weightwatchers.
Since her divorce, Sarah has hosted her own talk show, although this did not meet with a great deal of success. She has done fund-raising for children's charities most notably as the official US spokesperson for the internation charity SOS Children's Villages.
She is also an author: her writings include an autobiography, some guides to dieting, and several books for children. Most notable in the latter category is her series of children's books about a helicopter named Budgie.
Budgie: The Little Helicopter
Budgie: At Bendick's Point
Budgie Goes to Sea
Budgie and the Blizzard