Sarah Ferguson broke royal ranks to share her thoughts on "Spare"

She kept it ambiguous

Sarah Ferguson is seen on March 8, 2023 in New York City
(Image credit: Photo by Patricia Schlein / Star Max / Getty)

Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, is currently on the interview trail in the U.S. as she promotes her new book, A Most Intriguing Lady.

This week, she appeared on FOX 5 New York with Rosanna Scotto, and was inevitably asked about Prince Harry's memoir Spare and the aftermath of it, especially where King Charles is concerned. 

"Do you think he's upset with the book that Harry wrote? I know that there are reports that Harry and Meghan are invited to the coronation, and he must as a parent feel a little scarred by what was said in the book," Rosanna asked.

Unlike other royals who typically have no comment on the matter, Sarah answered — but she kept it appropriately vague and refused to take sides.

"Personally, I feel that there should be no judgement on any level," she said.

"Family unity is very important. And I think in life, [it's] the three Cs, I call it: communicate, compromise, compassion."

Essentially, it sounds like the Duchess would like Harry and his family to reconcile, for everyone to forgive one another, and for them to find way to make their relationship work in the future.

Sarah is a big fan of the King's, as she also revealed during this interview. She told Rosanna: "My father was the King's polo manager for 38 years, and I went to his wedding — well, his first wedding — and I think he's such a good man. And he's such a gentle man. And I love what he's done for the environment, and he's really strong. He's a good King."

While we're not sure what Sarah's direct relationship with the Sussexes looks like, we do know that her daughter Princess Eugenie is close friends with them, so no doubt Sarah wishes them well.

During an interview on stage with Glamour editor Samantha Barry last week, the Duchess expressed a similar sentiment where Harry and Meghan are concerned.

She said: "Diana and I, we played a lot and had a great time and I feel really strongly — and so would the King — [that she would] be so proud of the grandchildren. And of the family. And I do believe in family unity. I think forgiveness is key."

Iris Goldsztajn
Iris Goldsztajn is a celebrity and royal news writer for Marie Claire. As a London-based freelance journalist, she writes about wellness, relationships, pop culture, beauty and more for the likes of InStyle, Women's Health, Bustle, Stylist and Red. Aside from her quasi-personal investment in celebs' comings and goings, Iris is especially interested in debunking diet culture and destigmatising mental health struggles. Previously, she was the associate editor for Her Campus, where she oversaw the style and beauty news sections, as well as producing gift guides, personal essays and celebrity interviews. There, she worked remotely from Los Angeles, after returning from a three-month stint as an editorial intern for in New York. As an undergraduate at the University of California, Los Angeles, she interned at goop and C California Style and served as Her Campus' national style and LGBTQ+ editor. Iris was born and raised in France by a French father and an English mother. Her Spotify Wrapped is riddled with country music and One Direction, and she can typically be found eating her body weight in cheap chocolate.