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Duchess of York in Mills & Boon book deal

Bodice ripping
yarn: The Duchess
of York holds a
compass while
wearing Victorian
dress to celebrate
her book deal with
Mills & Boon

IT IS regarded as the bodice-ripping home of romantic fiction, and now publisher Mills & Boon has signed up a woman who really did marry her prince… Sarah, Duchess of York.

Fergie’s debut novel is called Her Heart For A Compass, and will be published this summer.

It is described as a fictional account of the life and loves of her great-great-aunt Lady Margaret Montagu Douglas Scott, and the duchess, 61, admitted the historical saga reflects ‘many parallels from my life’.

Mills & Boon said the tale ‘sweeps the reader from the drawing rooms of Victoria’s court and the grand country houses of Scotland and Ireland, to the slums of London and the mercantile bustle of 1870s New York’. It follows Lady Margaret’s desire ‘to break the mould, follow her internal compass — her heart — and discover her raison d’être — falling in love along the way’.

The duchess, who posed in a Victorian outfit to promote the book, took inspiration from her own experiences. ‘With real historical events and facts to hand, my imagination took over,’ she said. ‘I drew on many parallels from my life for Lady Margaret’s journey.’

After marrying Prince Andrew in 1986, Fergie struggled with royal life, once confessing ‘they could never make me the perfect princess’.

She wrote the novel with Mills & Boon veteran Marguerite Kaye.

Mills & Boon books range from historical romance to erotica, and one is sold every ten seconds in the UK. Her Heart For A Compass will be published on August 3.