The Duchess of York is recovering from breast cancer surgery

  • By Sean Seddon & Sean Coughlan, Royal Correspondent
  • BBC News

The Duchess of York is recovering with her family after surgery following a diagnosis of breast cancer, her spokesperson has said.

Sarah Ferguson, 63, formerly married to Prince Andrew, heard the news after a routine mammogram.

Her spokesperson said: ‘She was told she was due to undergo surgery which was completed successfully.

His doctors told him the prognosis was good, he added.

The spokesperson said she was “receiving the best medical care and … is now recovering with her family.”

She underwent the procedure earlier this week at King Edward VII Hospital, a private clinic in central London which previously treated the late Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the Royal Family.

The Duchess is said to have returned home to Windsor this weekend, where she is now recovering.

In her new podcast titled Tea Talk released on Monday, the Duchess is set to discuss her diagnosis in a pre-recorded interview.

In a statement, her spokesperson expressed “the Duchess’s immense gratitude to all the medical staff who have supported her over the past few days”.

She was “symptom free” prior to screening and the statement said she “believes her experience underscores the importance of regular screening”.

The Duchess and Prince Andrew divorced in 1996 after 10 years of marriage, but remain close.

They continue to live together at Royal Lodge, a property owned by the Crown Estate in Windsor Great Park.

They have two daughters – Princess Beatrice, 34, and Princess Eugenie, 33 – and three grandchildren.

The Duchess has had something of a revitalized career, reinventing herself as a best-selling author and now a podcast host, and happily overcoming the disappointments of not being invited to the coronation.

Her style has gone casual and approachable, recently chatting with fans at the London Book Fair and posing for selfies.

The weeks-long Tea Talks podcast is an often self-deprecating look at life, with a recent episode talking about his friendship with Princess Diana, and the loneliness and feeling of being ostracized they all felt. two.

She said Diana told her, “I know what it’s like to be left in the corner of a room.”

And the Duchess said on the podcast: “I know that feeling too, when people don’t want to talk to you because ‘Bad Fergie’ sells newspapers. They’ve already judged you and left you alone.”


The Duchess and Duke of York – pictured in 2019 – are no longer married but remain close

Surgery cures most breast cancers, while chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and hormone therapy can reduce the long-term risk of dying in cases where disease persists.

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