The Duchess of York, a prolific writer of children’s books, releases her first piece of adult literature on August 3. It is based on the life of her great-great-aunt – and the 61-year-old says it holds a key message: “No matter whether you make mistakes or get it all wrong, you keep going and fight for what you believe is your truth.”
Fergie sat down with Telegraph associate editor Camilla Tominey to discuss the book, titled Her Heart for a Compass, alongside a range of other topics.
It has been in the works for the best part of 15 years – and was inspired by ancestry research before a scheduled appearance on the BBC’s ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’.
She never appeared on the programme as the episode did not move past pre-production.
The Duchess has already written and published 77 books, primarily for children.
She also runs Youtube channel Storytime with Fergie and Friends, launched in April 2020 to read to locked down children throughout the Covid pandemic.
Her Heart for a Compass is set in 1865.
It recounts how the free-spirited and rebellious Lady Margaret Montagu Scott evaded an arranged marriage and challenged her social boundaries.
Her parents, the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, were close friends with Queen Victoria.
“The main message I would like readers to take away from Margaret’s story is that no matter whether you make mistakes or get it all wrong, you keep going and fight for what you believe is your truth.”
Ferguson also confirmed she has already started writing a second book with her “collaborator and co-author” Margaret Kaye.
She added: “I am so excited to be a first-time novelist and I’m here to talk about my book. I’m not going to concentrate on the negativity of the past; instead I’m focusing on my creative plans for the future.”
When asked if she had sympathy with the Sussexes’ decision to move stateside, Fergie replied: “I wouldn’t presume to give advice to Harry and Meghan, except to say be happy.”
On Meghan Markle’s own venture into writing, the Duchess added: “I think it’s wonderful that Meghan has written a children’s book; having done that myself, I know the effort it takes.”