Read our exclusive interview with Fergie in the August issue of The Australian Women's Weekly
The Duchess is posing. She's looking glamorous in tight black pants and a billowing white blouse, and she seems to know exactly what the camera wants, here in this New York City photo studio. After each click of the camera, Sarah Ferguson assumes a new expression: an innocent smile, a naughty smirk, a demure gaze. A floor fan blows her signature red hair, someone turns the music up and soon she's dancing happily to Shake Your Booty.
"I have so much to tell you!" she says, breathless between wardrobe changes. "You won't believe it!"
Waiting for our chance to sit down and chat, I wonder what her big news could be. Maybe it's about one of her charities, Children in Crisis, which she founded in 1993, or the US-based Chances for Children. Through her Little Red (heroine of her latest book) dolls, profits from which go to needy children, and her other charities, the Duchess has raised millions for needy children throughout the world.
Yet, from her buoyant mood, I suspect her news is more personal. Divorced since 1996 from Prince Andrew - the man she calls her best friend - maybe she has a new love. I wonder if her daughters, Princess Beatrice, 15, and Princess Eugenie, 14, are in on this. Sarah Ferguson may be 44, but today she is so full of excitement she could pass for a teenager herself.
Read our exclusive interview with Fergie in the August issue of The Australian Women's Weekly and find out about her plan for a new chapter of her life and why she feels she is still a work in progress.