Diana would have been so proud of Meghan and Kate, says Fergie

Diana, Princess of Wales would have been so proud of her "wonderful" daughters-in-law the Duchess of Sussex and the Duchess of Cambridge, the Duchess of York has said.

Sarah, the Duke of York's ex-wife and a friend of the late princess who was killed in a car crash in 1997, said Diana would have wanted to hug Meghan and Kate and tell them: "You're doing well."

The duchess, who was interviewed on ITV's Good Morning Britain to highlight her Street Child charity appeal, added that Diana's sons William and Harry are a credit to her.

Sarah said: "She'd really just be so proud. Even before they got married, Diana would have been just literally going 'I can't believe these boys have done so well'.

"They are such a credit to her.

"She had this enormous compassion and I honestly think she'd be so proud of the wonderful Meghan and Catherine as well, she'd want to embrace them and say 'You're doing well'."

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Kate and Meghan never met William and Harry's mother Diana, who died in 1997 (Nic Bothma/PA)

The duchess also told how she felt "the old Fergie was back" when she was invited to Harry and Meghan's wedding in May.

But she admitted it was a nerve-wracking appearance.

Sarah, who was not a guest at William and Kate's nuptials in 2011, said of the Sussexes: "I felt very honoured and grateful for Harry and Meghan to invite me. That is a big, big point... It was very kind of them and I can't thank them enough for doing that.

"It was nerve-wracking and I was glad I didn't trip over with those high heel shoes on."

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex wear traditional Maori cloaks called a Korowai during a visit to Te Papaiouru, Ohinemutu, in Rotorua, before a lunch in honour of Harry and Meghan, on day four of the royal couple's tour of New Zealand.
The Duchess of Sussex during a visit to Te Papaiouru, Ohinemutu, in Rotorua, before a lunch in honour of Harry and Meghan, on day four of the royal couple's tour of New Zealand.
The Duchess of Sussex waves to the crowds at Government Gardens during their visit to Rotorua, New Zealand on October 31, 2018. (Photo by Alan Gibson/New Zealand Herald/Sipa USA)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex during a visit to the Kiwi Breeding Programme at Rainbow Springs in Rotorua, New Zealand, on day four of the royal couple's tour of New Zealand.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex walk through a forest during a visit to Redwoods Tree Walk and Mountain Biking Showcase in Rotorua, New Zealand, on day four of the royal couple's tour of New Zealand.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex wear traditional Maori cloaks called Korowai during a visit to Te Papaiouru, Ohinemutu, in Rotorua, before a lunch in honour of Harry and Meghan, on day four of the royal couple's tour of New Zealand.
Meghan Duchess of Sussex attends a reception hosted by the Prime Minister at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, on day three of the royal couple's tour of New Zealand. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
The Duchess of Sussex presents an award to En-Hakkorey Lautasi Pepese during a visit to Pillars, in Auckland, New Zealand, which is a charity operating across New Zealand that supports children who have a parent in prison by providing special mentoring schemes, on day three of the royal couple's tour of New Zealand.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (right) during a visit to Pillars, in Auckland, New Zealand, which is a charity operating across New Zealand that supports children who have a parent in prison by providing special mentoring schemes, on day three of the royal couple's tour of New Zealand.
Prince Harry Duke of Sussex and Meghan Duchess of Sussex take part in the dedication of the Carol Whaley Native Bush to the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy. They also planted two trees and took part in a Welly Wanging contest which Team Duchess of Sussex won at Redvale, North Shore, New Zealand. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Prince Harry Duke of Sussex and Meghan Duchess of Sussex take part in the dedication of the Carol Whaley Native Bush to the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy. They also planted two trees and took part in a Welly Wanging contest which Team Duchess of Sussex won at Redvale, North Shore, New Zealand. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stand under an umbrella during a heavy downpour of rain as they attend a dedication of an area of bush to the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy, in Redvale on the North Shore, on day three of the royal couple's tour of New Zealand.
The Duchess of Sussex takes part in a welly wanging contest following a dedication of an area of bush to the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy, in Redvale on the North Shore, on day three of the royal couple's tour of New Zealand.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex pose for a photo with actors in costume during a visit to Courtenay Creative, in Wellington, on day two of the royal couple's tour of New Zealand.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are greeted by actors in costume as they arrive for a visit to Courtenay Creative, in Wellington, on day two of the royal couple's tour of New Zealand.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, ahead of meeting with young people in the mental health sector at the Wellington Cafe, Wellington, New Zealand.
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, (C) and Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (L) leave with Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (R) and Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (2R) after attending the wedding of Britain's Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Gareth Fuller / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read GARETH FULLER/AFP/Getty Images)
FRENSHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 04: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the wedding of Charlie Van Straubenzee on August 4, 2018 in Frensham, United Kingdom. Prince Harry attended the same prep school as Charlie van Straubenzee and have been good friends ever since. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
TOPSHOT - Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wave from the Ascot Landau Carriage during their carriage procession on the Long Walk as they head back towards Windsor Castle in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP) (Photo credit should read TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R) removes the veil of US actress Meghan Markle (L) as they stand at the altar together before Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby (C) in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 during their wedding ceremony. (Photo by Owen Humphreys / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read OWEN HUMPHREYS/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex kisses his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex as they leave from the West Door of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony. (Photo by Danny Lawson / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANNY LAWSON/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex kisses his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex as they leave from the West Door of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex emerge from the West Door of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / various sources / AFP) (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife, Britain's Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex leave St George's Chapel after their wedding ceremony in Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. (Photo by Jonathan Brady / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read JONATHAN BRADY/AFP/Getty Images)
BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend an engagement at the charity, 'Survivors' Network' during an official visit to Sussex on October 3, 2018 in Brighton, United Kingdom. The Duke and Duchess married on May 19th 2018 in Windsor and were conferred The Duke & Duchess of Sussex by The Queen. (Photo by WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WIDNES, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 14: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex's hair is blown in the wind as she attends a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in Widnes, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
WIDNES, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 14: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Queen Elizabeth II attend a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in Widnes, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at the University of Chichester, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, as part of their first joint official visit to Sussex. Picture date: Wednesday October 3rd, 2018. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/ EMPICS.
Meghan Markle, The Duchess of Sussex, pictured at Aras an Uachtarain in Dublin, where she met the President of Ireland, Michael Higgins. Picture date: Wednesday July 11th, 2018. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/ EMPICS Entertainment.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at a garden party at Buckingham Palace in London which they are attending as their first royal engagement as a married couple.
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In this photo released by Kensington Palace on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pose an official engagement photo, at Frogmore House, in Windsor, England. (Alexi Lubomirski via AP)
In this photo released by Kensington Palace on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pose for one of two official engagement photos, at Frogmore House, in Windsor, England. (Alexi Lubomirski via AP)
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On hearing the crowds cheer for her at the wedding, she added, "It was quite extraordinary. I look around and thought 'Are they doing it for me?' and then some went 'Fergie'... and it was the old Fergie back and I felt that sense of support from the crowds."

The duchess, whose maiden name was Ferguson, was cast out from the Windsors amid her "toe sucking" scandal in the 1990s.

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