Sarah, Duchess of York on Seeking Therapy and Dealing with Mental Health Struggles as she Releases Debut Novel

 
Sarah, Duchess of York on Seeking Therapy and Dealing with Mental Health Struggles as she Releases Debut Novel

Sarah, Duchess of York is radiantly happy and excited on the day of our exclusive HELLO! photoshoot shot on the grounds of luxury hotel Coworth Park in Berkshire. Proofs for her debut novel, Her Heart for a Compass, an immersive, romantic historical saga that she co-wrote during the last lockdown with Mills & Boon author Marguerite Kaye, have just landed.

The protagonist, Lady Margaret Montagu Douglas Scott, is inspired by the life of the Duchess's great-great-aunt.

"I think everyone will see the parallels [with Lady Margaret]: she's a redhead, she makes her own way in life, she rides horses, she's headstrong," Sarah tells HELLO! "But ultimately this is a work of fiction: I hope people won't read too much into it. It has been an opportunity to tell a story of self-discovery and a chance to feel closer to my past. I did Who Do You Think You Are? on myself."

Sarah, the proud mother to Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, has dedicated her novel to "my beautiful girls, who have all the strength and courage of Lady Margaret, and so much more, and who have not waited until they are 61 years old to follow their hearts and to live life on their own terms".

"What I meant by that was that I was very deeply scarred and insecure," Sarah says. "For a period of time, I had no idea who I was. I got married to the most wonderful man – it was the happiest day of my life, I adored getting married, and it was such a love story and he's such a good man. But then in about September 1988, it started to change.

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