Sarah Ferguson offered to advise on her portrayal in 'The Crown'

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Most real-life royals are tight-lipped when asked about The Crown, the award-winning Netflix drama about Queen Elizabeth II's life and reign - but not the Duchess of York though.

Sarah Ferguson actually reached out to a producer and offered to help with the portrayal of her character, who has a couple of fleeting appearances in the latest season. "Hello? Where is Fergie?" she joked about her near absence in her new cover story with Town & Country. Ferguson contacted executive producer Andy Harries to offer her insight for the show. "I said to him, 'Why can't I help my character?'" But she was shut down.

Photo credit: Ollie Upton - Netflix
Photo credit: Ollie Upton - Netflix

In Season 4 of The Crown, set in the 1980s, Ferguson (played by Jessica Aquilina) appears briefly as she begins dating Prince Andrew and stepping into royal life. Her 1986 nuptials to the Duke of York made the cut, which she appreciated. "I loved the way they put my wedding in as well," Fergie previously gushed about the series. She had nothing but praise for the show, telling Us Weekly, "I thought it was filmed beautifully. The cinematography was excellent."

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Photo credit: Ron Galella - Getty Images

The Duchess of York's role in the monarchy goes beyond being a royal spouse (she divorced Prince Andrew in 1996) and mother (her children are Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice); she was also close friends with Princess Diana, who is now at the centre of The Crown as the story focuses more on her rocky marriage to Prince Charles. With season five premiering next year, there's still a chance that we'll see more of on-screen Fergie.

In the meantime, Ferguson is getting her historical-fiction fix through a different medium: by writing her first romance novel, Her Heart for a Compass, which will be published next month. The Victorian-era story's protagonist, Lady Margaret Montagu Douglas Scott, who has "rebellious curls" and a problem with the press, is bound to draw some comparisons to her royal author. "I have thrown my voice into each line and I'm very proud," the duchess told Town & Country.

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