Sarah Ferguson, 59, has become a firm favourite Royal Family member through the years, despite splitting from Prince Andrew in 1996. The Duchess of York has remained in the spotlight thanks to a varied career, including work as a screenwriter, film producer and lobbyist. She has also penned a number of children’s books including Tea for Ruby, and Little Red’s Summer Adventure. But before she became part of the Royal Family, Sarah in fact had a very ordinary job.
Fergie worked for a public relations firm, an art gallery, and a publishing company but she also worked as a cleaner at one stage.
Speaking in Stockholm on the Skavlan TV show, Fergie revealed she cleaned toilets and student bedrooms.
The Duchess said: “You won’t believe it but when I was 18, I cleaned very good mirrors.
“I cleaned lavatories when I was 18 and graduate’s bedrooms; they all left it very messy.”
Sarah also revealed she once waited tables before marrying into the Royal Family.
Talking to the Skavlan TV hosts, she added: “And then I waitressed in a strudel house.
“I don’t cook, I just took the strudel out of the deep freezer and put it in the oven; that’s cooking.”
But her days waiting tables, cleaning loos and cooking strudel didn’t last for long, with Sarah jokingly concluding: “Then I married a prince, it was great!”
Sarah had a privileged upbringing, attending Hurst Lodge School in Ascot, an independent co-ed school.
She also took a course at Queen’s Secretarial College in Kensington, passing at the age of 18.
Sarah and Andrew knew each other from a young age, but didn’t start dating until 1985.
They married one year later and went on to welcome daughters Princesses Beatrice, 30, and Eugenie, 28.
The Duke and Duchess announced their divorce in 1996, but their friendship remained amicable and fans continue to question whether they will reunite.
Despite their split, Fergie has kept a close bond with the Royal Family while carving out a career of her own.
Since her divorce Sarah has also kept herself busy with a host of lucrative endorsement deals, from Wedgwood to cosmetics giant Avon, to a decade-long contract with Weight Watchers.
She is also an accomplished author, having written various books including her own 1997 autobiography, My Story and 2011’s Finding Sarah: A Duchess’s Journey to Find Herself in 2011.
She has also hosted radio shows and the 2009 ITV reality show, The Duchess on the Estate.
The controversial TV show saw the Duchess journey to a working class estate in Manchester for a fly-on-the-wall documentary. This was followed by another called The Duchess in Hull.
She shares a former career with her daughter Eugenie, who works as an associate director at art gallery Hauser & Wirth.
These days, the Duchess focuses on her charity Street Child which aims to help children in the world’s toughest places get into education.