Sarah Ferguson opens up on sweet bond with grandchildren

Sarah Ferguson on reading bedtime stories to August and Sienna

Sarah Ferguson joined This Morning hosts Holly Willoughby and Joel Dommett on Thursday afternoon to discuss her latest novel which has a tie to her ancestors. After joking with Holly about starring in their own Hallmark movie, Sarah admitted she often read her own publications to her grandchildren August and Sienna, making her “really funny” according to the children.

Sarah has two grandchildren from both of her daughters, with Princess Beatrice being mother to her one-year-old daughter Sienna, and Princess Eugenie who has two-year-old son August.

After discussing what she wanted out of her latest novel, Joel asked: “Your whole family, including your ex-partner Prince Andrew, must be so supportive of you writing these books?”

Laughing at the comment, Sarah teased: “I hope so, I really hope so. However, the good news is I think we all support each other.

“But I’m here as an author and I like the book so if they don’t and no one does, I like it!”

Picking up on her past children’s books, Holly noted: “Well I was thinking, I mean you have grandchildren now.

“You have got another one on the way, you’ve got 48 children’s books there so sort of bedtime reading to those grandchildren must be very easy for you!”

Sarah admitted: “Holly absolutely it is, it’s extraordinary because I practice my bunny stories on them and they think granny is really funny.

“I like that book [by] Julia Donaldson, Room on the Broom and so I pretend to August and Sienna ‘You need to watch this’.

“But it’s really me going oh that’s so good, it’s my research time it’s really cool!”

Holly went on to note that Sarah’s first novel was a Sunday Times bestseller, and this time will be in competition with Prince Harry’s memoir, Spare, which has dominated the charts since its release and probed: “I mean could this knock that off?”

Sarah commented: “Well, I think so, I think Jeffery Archer too.

“But I think the most important thing is you have got to stay positive, here I am. I think there is too much unkindness, I think social media is a sewer and I think cyberbullying has to go.

“Trolling… just no! So when anyone asks me about Harry or anything else that they ask me I just say let’s just look at kindness.

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“One of the Queen’s messages was there should be more kindness because it definitely disarms and defuses malice and we really need to have less judgement.”

Sarah also joined The One Show hosts Jermaine Jenas and Alex Jones on Monday, March 27 where she touched on the advice she received from the late monarch.

After revealing that she was “terrified” to take on the responsibility of looking after Queen Elizabeth’s corgis, she noted: “She used to say ‘Sarah, there needs to be more kindness in the world that would disarm malice’.

“And I feel it’s really important and we should all stop for a minute and remember those words with respect and affection for a great leader, and now as we pass it on to another great leader, her son.

“I think we can uphold her value system.”

This Morning airs weekdays from 10am on ITV.

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