Sarah Margaret Ferguson
is born on October 15, 1959, in London, England. As the second daughter of Major Ronald Ferguson and Susan Mary Wright, Sarah enjoys a privileged English upbringing. She attends private boarding school, socializes with members of the royal family and becomes an accomplished horseback rider.
Though they've known each other since childhood, Sarah and Prince Andrew, the Duke of York and second son of Queen Elizabeth II, become reacquainted at a premier horse race in England.
On July 23, Sarah marries Prince Andrew at London's Westminster Abbey. The Queen of England, Prince Andrew's mother, bestows the title of Her Royal Highness the Duchess of York upon Sarah. The Bristish press affectionately nickname her "Fergie."
On August 8, Princess Beatrice of York, the couple's first daughter, is born in London.
Sarah releases her first children's book, Budgie the Little Helicopter. This inspires a series of books featuring Budgie and his friends, as well as an animated TV series.
On March 23, Prince Andrew and Sarah's youngest daughter, Princess Eugenie of York, is born. She's sixth in the line of succession to the throne.
At 5' 7 1/2'' tall, Sarah weighs in at 200 pounds after the birth of her second daughter. The British press dubs her the "Duchess of Pork," which inspires her to join Weight Watchers. She later becomes Weight Watchers' second spokeswoman.
Rumors about Prince Andrew and Sarah's marital troubles begin to circulate in the press. After a British tabloid, The Daily Mirror, publishes photos of a topless Sarah sunbathing alongside another man, the royal couple officially separates.
Sarah starts her own charitable organization, Children in Crisis. The charity's mission is to help children in some of the world's poorest countries gain access to education.
After four years of official separation, Prince Andrew and Sarah's divorce becomes final. Sarah loses "Her Royal Highness" title but continues to share a home—residing in separate living quarters—with her ex-husband.
Sarah reportedly accepts a meager divorce settlement to maintain a good relationship with the royal family.
Sarah writes her autobiography, My Story. During her American book tour, she makes an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, where she talks about life as a member of the royal family.
On August 31, 1997, Sarah's fourth cousin, close friend and former sister-in-law Princess Diana of Wales dies in a tragic car accident in Paris.
Sarah releases Little Red, a children's book about a spunky redheaded doll that becomes a series. Over the years, Sarah has also written history books and diet and lifestyle books.
In May 2010, an undercover reporter for Britain's News of the World
newspaper films Sarah allegedly offering access to her ex-husband, Prince Andrew, in exchange for money.
Sarah sits down with Oprah to discuss her bribery scandal.