The former wife of disgraced Prince Andrew defended the ex-actor, who has been the subject of public scrutiny ever since she tied the knot with Prince Harry in May 2018.
“I know what Meghan is going through,” she revealed.
Like Meghan, Fergie was thrust into the spotlight when she married the Queen’s second son in 1986, copping criticism throughout the ten-year union, and beyond.
The Duchess of York - who shares daughters Princesses Beatrice, 31, and Eugenie, 29, with her ex-husband - called for the former Suits star to be ‘celebrated’.
“It must be hard for Meghan, and I can relate to her. I believe she is modern and fabulous. She was famous before. She is great. Why can't Meghan be great? Why can't she be celebrated?” she said.
Sarah admitted that while she’s hesitant to offer advice, she can sympathise with the ‘pain’ the new mum is experiencing.
“Any advice for her? I tend not to give advice because it is taken out of context, but I have been in Meghan's shoes, and I still am,” she said.
“There's always a twist of negativity and it just gets so sad and tiring; it's hard and mean. I abhor bullying and I feel desperately sorry for the pain they must be going through because I've been through it,” she added.
Back in October, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced that they were taking legal action against a British newspaper after it published a private letter Meghan wrote to her estranged father, Thomas Markle Sr.
Fergie went on to say that she’s learned to deal with negativity over many years in the public eye but still struggles at times.
“It was difficult but I'm here now - I feel the chains of my soul are freed. It's still difficult, though,” she said.
Meanwhile, Meghan's friend Bryony Gordon recently claimed the 38-year-old royal - who has six-month-old son Archie with Prince Harry - doesn’t want to be loved, she wants to be heard.
“If I have learnt anything about Meghan in the time I have known her, it is that she is a doer, not a wallower. She lives in the solution, not the problem,” she said.
“She told me that she didn't want people to love her - she just wanted them to be able to hear her. I have found that this is what the Duchess of Sussex stands for: using her voice to help give one to people less privileged than her,” she added.
Meghan has been involved in multiple charitable projects since joining the royal family, including launching a community cookbook to raise funds for victims of the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire and a clothing line that supplies women in need with work-appropriate outfits.
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