While Sarah Ferguson co-hosts This Morning, she has her strengths… but we now know that cooking carbonara live on air isn’t one of them
By Jan Muir for the Daily Mail
22:27 20 November 2023, updated 22:56 20 November 2023
Sarah, Duchess of York, edited and co-presented a special edition of This Morning (ITV) on Monday. I want to be honest. I want to be nice. However, when it comes to the Duchess in a live television situation, these two virtues become dramatically at odds.
From 10 a.m. until the show ended, after 150 minutes of surprise, Ferg was blazing on daytime television, like Icarus in reverse, and it was every bit as terrible as I’d hoped.
It’s hard to choose a highlight between slurring words, cooking spaghetti and an interview with Sir Cliff Richard (Fergie: “You’re really as down to earth and kind as ever, how do you do it?” Sir Cliff: “For me, it comes easy. But her brief role as an agonizing aunt over the phone It was awesome.
“She’s been in the area and she’s here to help,” host Dermot O’Leary said, making Fergie sound like a sweet pony with a dodgy past and frothy hair to match – and to be fair, that’s not something a million miles from the truth.
“Ask me anything, call me about love, relationships and hard times,” the Duchess chirped. Close scrutiny of the calls by ITV no doubt prevented any miscreants from calling in asking what to do when your ex pays £12million to a woman he says he’s never met, but many viewers lived in hope.
However, I was grateful that the late Queen went to her grave without watching her daughter-in-law appear on national television to urge Susan from Newcastle to invest in some fruity underwear to bring the excitement back to her marriages.
“Oh.” “Get a nice, saucy set of underwear from the chest of drawers, dry his hair and take him out for a snack,” said the Duchess, and for a moment I thought she was talking about the corgi, not about Susan’s unresponsive hubs.
Additional tips included taking time off work and visiting lots of “beautiful restaurants and beautiful hotels.” Obviously in Fergieland there is no cost of living crisis, work responsibilities or child care issues.
She kept repeating: “There must be more candy.” “Treats.” Treats. Treats.’ She also revealed that another secret to a happy marriage is for the couple to leave little notes in each other’s pockets. I wonder how many times she has reached into the pocket of her favorite coat and found one labeled: “Please get out of my house.”
However, you have to laugh. Fergie has her good points and strengths just like anyone else, but she’s a woman whose life is a long, tattered tape of bad decisions and bad judgments – she’s the last person on Earth you’d ask for advice on anything.
Whatever’s next? After the break, the Duchess of Sussex tells viewers how to maintain healthy relationships with your in-laws, while Genghis Khan shares his dinner party tips and kebab recipes.
The Duchess was flanked by O’Leary and co-presenter Alison Hammond, and spent much of her time in the studio either on the sofa or sitting behind a large bowl of fruit, her eyes slipping open in panic.
In her green outfit and elven shoes, she looked like the Mad Mother Elf, a panto character searching for a conspiracy, which also sums up her life so far.
But she was good at those delightful little royal conversations; The kind of exciting chat that comes in handy when you’re opening a gallery in Manchester on a rainy Wednesday morning.
Fergie kept it very nice about the Windsors (“The King and Queen love their grandchildren and I do”), but he ventured an opinion — ugh — about artificial intelligence (AI), which some see as the biggest threat to humanity since the neutron bomb. not her.
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“I don’t think anyone watching should be afraid of artificial intelligence,” she said. “Maybe progress, moving forward, can be a useful tool.”
As the show itself progresses, it becomes clear that although the Duchess of York has led an interesting life, she seems to have learned little from the experience and nothing seems to have made an impression in the vast void of her royal being. As guest editor, she selected the topics that appeared on the show, which included dog rehoming, 65 years of Sir Cliff Richard, making a classic carbonara and heart failure. In the health sector, the Duchess has used her position as a British Heart Foundation ambassador to highlight the importance of public defibrillators and how to use them.
“Do you shave the chest first if it’s very hairy?” she asked grandly.
In the cooking section, I urged Chef Marcus Bean to prepare “spaghetti carbonara, a personal favorite of mine” and surely one of the simplest dishes on the planet? But after making it, the Duchess of York was in awe.
“I really love that you showed me how to do it and this is the first time I’ve ever seen it happen,” she said, an incredible glimpse into the life of the 65-year-old woman upstairs. Know how to boil spaghetti.
“It’s your show, I’m the fuzz,” she told Dermot and Alison at one point, which I thought was an overstatement of her own. However, this was perhaps the most exciting episode of “This Morning” in the show’s history.
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