The Duchess of York spilled all during an interview with Vogue, revealing how she manages to consistently throw the best parties. Regularly labelled as “the queen of etiquette”, the Duchess is famous for being one of the royal family’s best hosts.
Her ability to stay calm, cool and collected in such events has been praised, though, has left many perplexed as to how she manages it.
The Duchess has now revealed the list of things she does in order to keep her “hostess with the mostess” title.
Alexandria Gouveia of Vogue magazine asked: “As the queen of etiquette, what are your top tips on hosting, ahead of the party season?”
The Duchess replied: “Be the tricky customer. Think of every scenario and imagine what a tricky customer would expect at each level and make sure it’s all catered for. I do this every time.
“At Eugenie’s wedding, the chauffeurs had a much better time than anybody else – I made their tent fabulous.
“My father taught me that.
“He always said, ‘Make sure the kitchen is more important than the dining room.’
“Make sure if you are having a dinner party that the staff have a drink with you. Then they will put more love into it.”
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Of course, not everyone throwing a party will hire staff and have chauffeurs.
But, the basic principles of what the Duchess was alluding to can be followed by nearly everyone: that when throwing a party, you must yourself have fun in order for everyone else too.
In the wide ranging interview, the Duchess also revealed her sympathy for Meghan Markle and her own struggles with mental health issues, admitting that the last six months had been extremely hard for herself and her two daughters Princess Eugenie and Princes Beatrice.
During that time, they have had to endure all the fallout from Prince Andrew’s relationship with the disgraced former American financier, Jeffrey Epstein.
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But she robustly defend her former husband’s reputation, while explaining how she and her daughters were coping with the allegations.
She said: “When I talk about Prince Andrew, I talk about family because the last six months have been hard on the girls and me.
“To see such a wonderful man go through such enormous pain.
“He is the best man I know.
Sarah admitted that she had plenty of time for Meghan Markle and perfectly understood what the Duchess of Sussex was going through.
She said the intense media scrutiny and criticism were all things that she had to face during her time as a prominent royal.
She told Vogue: “It must be hard for Meghan, and I can relate to her.
“I believe she is modern and fabulous. She was famous before. She is great. Why can’t Meghan be great? Why can’t she be celebrated?
“Any advice for her? I tend not to give advice because it is taken out of context, but I have been in Meghan’s shoes, and I still am.
“There’s always a twist of negativity and it just gets so sad and tiring; it’s hard and mean.
“I abhor bullying and I feel desperately sorry for the pain they must be going through because I’ve been through.”
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