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Fergie, the Duchess of York writes a romance novel about “real events and historical facts”

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Fergie wrote a romance novel based on her own experiences. Photo / Getty Images

Sarah Ferguson has written a romance novel.

The Duchess of York – who was previously married to Prince Andrew – “drew many parallels” from her own experiences when she agreed to write Her Heart for a Compass for popular publishers Mills & Boon.

The book was inspired by Sarah’s great-great-aunt Lady Margaret Montagu Douglas Scott, although the 61-year-old former royal admitted that her “imagination had taken over” and that she “had invented a story for her “after being unable to find out. much about the ancestor with whom she shares a middle name.

Sarah said: “With real events and historical facts at hand, my imagination took hold.

“I made up a story for her that incorporated real people and events, including some of my other ancestors.

“I created a friendship between my heroine and Princess Louise, Queen Victoria’s sixth child, and I drew many parallels in my life for Lady Margaret’s journey.

“I have long been passionate about historical research and telling the stories of strong women in history through film and television. I am proud to bring my personal brand of historical fiction to the publishing world.”

The Duchess’s ex-husband and their children, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, have yet to read the manuscript.

Sarah’s spokesperson said: “She wants it to be a surprise.”

Sarah has written many children’s books before, but Her Heart for a Compass is her first adult novel and was written with the help of “collaborator and mentor” Marguerite Kaye, who has written over 50 historical romances for Mills. & Boon.

The Duchess enjoyed the experience so much that she is already working on her second.

Lisa Milton, Executive Editor for Mills & Boon, said: “This brilliant radical story is perfect for our existing readers as well as for reaching fans of successful novelists such as Philippa Gregory and Anne O’Brien.

“Mills & Boon is honored to publish The Duchess of York’s debut novel as we enter our next century of publishing brilliant books written by women for women. “

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