Di Comparisons Triggered Sad Fergie's Binges

Duchess of York bares dismal years in royal limelight
By Amelia Atlas,  Newser User
Posted Mar 1, 2009 6:02 AM CST
Diana, the Princess of Wales during her visit to Leicester in this May 27, 1997 file photo, to formally open The Richard Attenborough Centre for Disability and Arts.    (AP Photo/John Stillwell, File, POOL)
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(Newser) – Comparisons to Princess Diana sent Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson into a vicious cycle of binge eating and despair, Fergie has revealed in a painful interview in the Telegraph. The duchess, pegged as the zaftig "naughty" princess, struggled with her public image. A newspaper once labeled her "Princess of Pork." "I was so unhappy I ate all the time, and then I was pilloried for being overweight, and on the cycle went. I didn't know how to break it," she said.

Ferguson married Prince Andrew, who was made Duke of York, in 1986, and the couple later divorced. Diana was not sympathetic to Fergie's plight. Di's place at "the top of the pedestal" was even harder than Ferguson's, Diana once told her sister-in-law. "You are at the bottom, so you can really only go up," the duchess quotes her as saying. Now, as an international spokeswoman for Weightwatchers and founder of charity Children in Crisis, Ferguson is finally happy with her image.