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Sarah Ferguson Gets Real and Says *This* Saved Her Life

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Sarah “Fergie” Ferguson hung up her official royal hat in 1996, but there’s one aspect of her past life that she still holds close to her heart.

The Duchess of York, who was married to Prince Andrew from 1986 to 1996 and is Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice’s mom, opened up about the lasting impact charity work has made on her life in an op-ed for the Evening Standard.

Fergie announced that her charity, Children in Crisis, is officially merging with an organization called Street Child to allow children of all backgrounds greater access to education. She reflected on her experience founding and running the charity, writing, “It has certainly made me a better mother to my daughters Beatrice and Eugenie, giving me a sense of perspective, and allowing me to encourage them to use the platform they have to get involved in charitable work.”

She went on to assert, “It has probably saved my life, too, by giving me purpose through hard times.”

Ferguson also equated handing over the reins of her charity to Street Child founder Tom Dannatt to her daughter Eugenie’s wedding, writing, “I see it a bit like Eugenie getting married later this year. She’s 28, and when your children get to that age, you let them do their thing.”

Looks like it’s on to the next chapter for Fergie. We can’t wait to see the ’Grams.

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