Comparisons to Diana led to binge eating - Fergie
The Duchess of York - or Fergie as she likes to be known - claims that her famous binge eating that saw her increasing to such a size that she became known as the 'Princess of Pork' in some tabloids, was due to unfavourable comparisons with Princess Diana.
Fergie was never taken to heart in the same way that Diana was and is still seen by many, especially in the UK as more celebrity than royalty and this latest interview will be seen by many as another attempt by her to get into the public eye.
In a frank interview with The Sunday Telegraph's Stella magazine, she told how her life in the Royal family spiralled into unhappiness nearly 20 years ago.
The Duchess admitted that a large part of her problem was that the late Princess had come to have the role of beautiful, serene, "people's princess", while she was seen as fun, but naughty.
"It's pretty hard to change people's perceptions," she told Lucy Cavendish, her interviewer.
The Duchess, known affectionately as "Fergie", also had to contend with newspaper headlines such as "Princess of Pork" after she was criticised by the media for her perceived extravagant lifestyle and for being overweight.
In her interview, the Duchess says that she took unflattering comparisons with the Princess and the harsh newspaper headlines to heart.
"I was so unhappy I ate all the time, and then I was pilloried for being overweight, and on the cycle went. I didn't know how to break it."