Sarah Ferguson married Prince Andrew back in July 1986, and the couple officially became the Duke and Duchess of York. Sarah and Andrew have always been loved by the people all over the world, mostly because of their candid displays of affection and their relaxed attitudes when on royal duties. The couple wasn’t without controversy though. Sarah actions helped revolutionize some aspects of royal life, to pave the way for a better tomorrow for her daughters Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice.
One such change was the one to the royal protocol on public speaking, which the couple re-wrote during their royal tour of Canada back in 1987. This was revealed in a new documentary about the Royal Family named “Diana and Sarah: Royal Wives of Windsor.”
During their farewell dinner in Canada, Andrew left the stage and allowed his wife to “have the last word” with her own comical speech. The move was quite a controversial move at the time, but important for the role of royal women nonetheless. Addressing the public, the Duchess said: “I could not go through a whole tour letting my dear husband of a year and a day do all the public speaking. So we agreed, for once, that I should have the last word tonight.”
This is an important moment of royal history that has helped pave the way for the likes of Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton to take the microphone from their husbands Prince Harry and Prince William and get a chance to share their own ideas and passions.
The Duchess of Sussex, who had married into the royal family less than a year ago, is free to show her passion when speaking publicly about the causes she personally feels strongly about.
In the most recent example of the Duchess speaking her own mind, was during her tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand, Meghan gave an emotional speech at the University of the South Pacific in Suva about the importance of education in young women.
In the same way, the Duchess of Cambridge has had her share of significant speeches during her time in the royal family.