Sarah, Duchess of York sprung to her daughter Princess Eugenie's defence this week as she retweeted an open letter blasting a rather unflattering article, deemed 'inflammatory' by Sarah Wade, CEO and co-founder of Humanitas Charity. The charity head likened the piece, which criticized the princess and Jack Brooksbank's upcoming royal wedding, to an act of "bullying."
"I am the CEO and co-founder of Humanitas Charity, of which the Duchess of York is a patron," she wrote. "I am appalled at the vitriol that is expressed in the piece… I would like to draw into questions the purpose of the feature, is it to make a young couple feel embarrassed or ashamed of the choices they have made for their wedding day or is it to incite anger and hatred towards them? Either way, the outcome is negative and tantamount to bullying."
Sarah continued: "The rhetoric is inflammatory and divisive, suggesting that the Princess has a 'hunger for glitz and glamour that is every bit as monstrous as Mother's Fergie's' and making the ill-search judgement that the Princess has done 'almost nothing of note." I would like to raise into question whether [the author of the piece] has ever met or spent time with Princess Eugenie or whether the source of her malicious contempt for a 28-year-old woman is the result of years of unfounded and hurtful abuse that has been directed towards the Princess and her family… It is imperative that we support freedom of expression, but not when the intended outcome is to inflict pain on another person or incite others to do so."
Much like her mother Sarah, fans were quick to stand up for Princess Eugenie and her family, with one writing: "The Yorks are my favourite royals & I cannot wait for the beautiful wedding, they don't push their faces in front of cameras all the time but they work bloody hard for the things they have a passion for." And with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's gorgeous May nuptials behind them, royal watchers are clearly eagerly awaiting the year's second royal "I dos."
But no one is more excited than the Duchess of York! Penning an exclusive note in HELLO! just after her daughter became engaged in January, the proud mom couldn't help but gush: "Dearest Eugenie and Jack The Man, when you walk into a room, you bring smiles to the faces of all who meet you. You both exude kindness, love and goodness. You have beautiful manners and go the extra mile to all who meet you. I was so proud of your pure love and joy shining through the press and television on Monday." Prince Andrew's ex wife continued, "Thank you for always making my day brighter and the laughter and happiness you bring to Papa, Beatrice and myself. The York Family embraces the magic of Jack totally. Exciting times ahead. It is wonderful to see and be part of such great and happy news. Love you both… Mumsie and Sarahs."