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“I will forever remember our laughter” Sarah Ferguson pens tribute to Princess Diana

It comes on what would have been the princess' 63rd birthday.
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Sarah ‘Fergie’ Ferguson has penned a tribute to her dear friend Princess Diana on what would have been her 63rd birthday.

Sharing a photo of the pair during the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Britain in 1990, Fergie wrote: “Happy birthday to my dear friend, Diana.

“You were a pillar of light and love. And what a legacy you have left behind. I will forever remember our laughter and the kindred, kind spirit I found in you.

“I am sure you are watching over us always. Rest in peace my friend.”

princess diana in green blazer and sarah ferguson in white on the buckingham palace balcony
Princess Diana and Sarah Ferguson had a firm friendship. (Credit: Instagram/Getty)

The heartfelt tribute was met with adoration from fans.

“I think she found support and relief in your company. Happy birthday Diana ,” one follower penned.

“Two wonderful women that supported each other separated too soon. Best friends,” another added.

“Happy Birthday England’s brightest rose! The heavens are the lucky ones,” a third wrote.

Diana, Princess of Wales  (1961 - 1997) and her friend Sarah Ferguson attend a polo match at Smith's Lawn, Guards Polo Club, Windsor, June 1983. Diana is wearing a Muir and Osborne 'black sheep' sweater. (Photo by Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images)
“You were a pillar of light and love,” Fergie wrote. (Credit: Getty)

Princess Diana and Sarah Ferguson had a firm friendship during their time in the royal fold.

Actually fourth cousins, their mothers attended school together – meaning they had been in each other’s orbit since adolescence.

When they reconnected in 1980, Fergie, then 21, and Diana, then 19, grew impossibly close.

In her 1996 autobiography, the Duchess of York wrote: “(Diana) was two years younger than I, and I strove to support and protect her as I would a younger sister—as I still do today, as a best friend.”

COWDRAY, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 12:  Sarah Ferguson (duchess Of York) And Lady Diana Spencer (princess Diana) Watching Polo At Cowdray Park Polo Club.  (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)
The pair were actually fourth cousins. (Credit: Getty)

The People’s Princess also played matchmaker when she secured her friend an invite to the Queen’s 1985 “dine and sleep” event at Windsor Castle.

There, Fergie found herself sat next to Prince Andrew – whom she had met in passing over the years. Soon after, they started dating.

Later, Diana invited Fergie and Andrew to stay at Highgrove – the country house she shared with her husband, then Prince Charles – before her friend’s relationship was made public.

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