The Duchess of York—who was an active member of the royals during her ten-year marriage to Prince Andrew, Duke of York, from 1986 to 1996—said she may be the "most persecuted woman in the history of the royal family" due to the media coverage after her divorce from him nearly 30 years ago.
That would suggest she was more persecuted than Meghan Markle; Princess Diana; Queen Anne Boleyn and the other wives of Windsor—who were beheaded by King Henry VIII; and Mary, Queen of Scots—who was imprisoned and beheaded after being perceived as a threat by Queen Elizabeth I of England.
Ferguson told the publication about how she felt "excluded" from the family and suffered "years of media hell."
In spite of her oppression, she declared, "but I'm still here. I always believed anything was possible. The bruised reed that doesn’t break is in my DNA.”
In response to Fergie's comments about being the "most persecuted woman in royal family history," Twitter disagreed.
Fergie also said she stands by her ex-husband, even as he faced sexual assault allegations leveled against him by Victoria Giuffre, who claimed she was sex-trafficked by deceased financier Jeffrey Epstein to Prince Andrew.
Now 38, Giuffre claimed the Duke of York raped her when she was 17 at the London home of Ghislaine Maxwell, an associate of Epstein's.
Prince Andrew and Buckingham Palace have repeatedly denied the allegations.
In a 2019 interview, he said of Giuffre's allegations:
"It didn't happen. I can absolutely categorically tell you it never happened. I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever."
Scotland Yard dropped their investigation looking into Giuffre's claim in October.
Despite the controversy, Ferguson continues to hold a soft spot for her ex.
“I loved him and I still love him today,” she said. “I will stay by his side because I believe in him, he is a good man.”
Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told Insider Ferguson was seen as a "disaster" while she was an active member of the royal family.
"The interviews she gives, such as this one, when she claims she was persecuted, perhaps uniquely so, shows she has learnt very little."