A royal bestseller! Sarah Ferguson channels her inner rock chick in an embellished blazer at London event celebrating the release of her Mills & Boon novel in paperback
- Sarah Ferguson's bestselling novel Her Heart for a Compass is out in paperback
- Historical novel draws on her own life and incorporates research into ancestry
- Tells story of duchess's great-great-aunt Lady Margaret Montagu Douglas-Scott
- Duchess of York was joined in London by Marguerite Kaye who co-wrote novel
Stylish Sarah Ferguson celebrated the release of her Mills & Boon novel in paperback with a special event in London.
The Duchess of York first released her first fictional historical romance novel, titled Her Heart For A Compass in August, and celebrated the new edition on Monday night.
Fergie, 62, was joined by her co-author, Marguerite Kaye in London Bridge to mark the release by giving a talk to fans about the book, followed by a meet-and-greet with Sarah.
The Duchess' first novel, which draws on her own life and incorporates research into her ancestry, is a fictional account of the life of the duchess's great-great-aunt Lady Margaret Montagu Douglas-Scott.
Sarah Ferguson celebrated the release of her Mills & Boon novel in paperback with a special event as part of her Historical Romance Book Club with the publisher
The Duchess of York released her first fictional historical romance novel, titled Her Heart For A Compass in August and celebrated the paperback release of the book today
The novel received mostly negative reviews after hitting the shelves in August - with critics branded the book 'boring' and a 'slog' with an 'insipid' main character and a tone that jumps between 'archaic and contemporary'.
But both Sarah and co-author Margarete, who has written more than 60 historical romances, remained 'unified' behind the work.
She is due to publish her second historical romance novel, which will again be co-written with Kaye, later this year.
Her appearance comes after Sarah said she still struggles with her body image and that her weight is still a 'trigger point', ahead of publishing her first young adult novel next month.
Fergie, 62, was joined by her co-author, Marguerite Kaye in London Bridge to mark the release by giving a talk to fans about the book, followed by a meet-and-greet with Sarah
The Duchess' first novel, which draws on her own life and incorporates research into her ancestry, is a fictional account of the life of the duchess's great-great-aunt Lady Margaret Montagu Douglas-Scott
The Duchess of York celebrates the paperback release of her bestselling novel, Her Heart for a Compass with co-author, Marguerite Kaye
The novel, titled Demons Land, is part of a 22-book deal the Duchess of York signed with Australian based publisher, Serenity Press and will be co-authored by Michelle Worthington.
The fictional book was reportedly inspired by the death of her mother in 1998, growing up with an eating disorder and will explore the effects of 'generational trauma'.
Speaking to the Metro, she said: 'I've always felt judged, which is why I support the LGBTQ+ community. I know what it's like to be segregated. I'm 62 now and it still hurts, even now, when someone has a pop at me.
The mother-of-two admitted her weight is 'a trigger point and where [she goes] to first when [she wants] to self-sabotage.'
The author admitted her looks have been an issue since her childhood, and that she blamed the demise of her parents' marriage on a bad haircut.
The Duchess of York celebrates the paperback release of her bestselling novel, Her Heart for a Compass in London today
Sarah's mother Susan Barrantes, eloped with Argentinian polo player Hector Barrantes in 1972, leaving her husband Ronald Ferguson to raise Sarah and her sister Jane by himself.
Sarah was 12 at the time and revealed in the interview she felt her hair was so bad, she thought her mother left the family because she could not bear to look at it.
Fergie grew up with this guilt, and when she entered the limelight in the 1980s at Prince Andrew's wife, the comments about her looks intensified and so did her anxiety.
Sarah has previously opened up about developing issues with eating as a child, turning to food for comfort when her mother left.
Speaking on a podcast with Ayurvedic doctor and naturopath Dr Vijay Murthy, she said: 'I was a binge-eater. I never could get bulimia because I just didn't have that mental state to go that far, but I always wished I could.
'But that just shows you how dangerous and what place I got to. To wish you could have a mental illness to that level is a very serious place to get to.'
Asked how she got into such a state, she replies: 'My body and mind was in that place, but I couldn't actually act out to make myself sick.'
Talking of her own children, Fergie said she is proud of her two daughters, Princess Beatrice, 33 and Princess Eugenie, 32.
She recounted how she supported Princess Eugenie as a teen through her spinal surgery for scoliosis and praised the mother-of-one for being brave.