‘Wild West!’ Sarah Ferguson slams internet after reading critical comments on charity work

Sarah Ferguson walks out of interview with '60 Minutes Australia'

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Sarah Ferguson, 62, revealed she read through comments left on an article written about her charity work on the MailOnline. The Duchess of York explained how the article in question was related to her work at Sarah’s Trust and with Humanities, where she is a patron.

After relaying some of the critical comments, some of which made reference to the 62-year-old’s weight, she said: “The experience reinforced my impression that much of the internet is an unregulated Wild West.”

Writing for the Spectator magazine, the ex-wife of Prince Andrew, 61, added: “After 35 years in the public eye, I’ve learned to take it on the chin, but I worry about the effect of this online culture on my daughters, and more broadly, on all of our children.”

Fergie then appeared to suggest she would support ending online anonymity.

“If you want to post that kind of thing, you should be asked to put it in your own name,” she said.

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Katie Price, 43, previously led the charge to make verified identification a requirement for opening a social media account.

Ms Price, formerly known as Jordan, brought a petition to Parliament.

The petition amassed 696,985 signatures but the Government responded by saying: “User ID verification for social media could disproportionately impact vulnerable users and interfere with freedom of expression.”

However, in Fergie’s piece for the Spectator, the Duchess also suggested focusing on the so-called Kindness Quotient and “introducing ‘Kindness Curriculums’ into schools”.

She went on to claim educational institutions which have done so have reported a drop in bullying, increase in academic attainment and rise in the self-esteem of pupils.

The Duchess’ comments come just weeks after Prince Harry, 37, and Meghan Markle, 40, spoke out against the internet on their Archewell website when they revealed they had been working with the Aspen Commission on Information Disorder.

Prince William, 39, has also voiced his criticisms about the internet.

The Duke of Cambridge, who attended the Euro 2020 Final with 39-year-old wife Kate and 8-year-old son George, spoke about the racial abuse directed towards Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka, 20, and Manchester United duo Marcus Rashford, 24, and Jadon Sancho, 21, after the trio missed from the spot in the penalty shootout against Italy.

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“I am sickened by the racist abuse aimed at England players after last night’s match,” he said.

William added: “It is totally unacceptable that players have to endure this abhorrent behaviour.

“It must stop now and all those involved should be held accountable.”

But Sarah Ferguson went on to reveal how she has used writing as her “escape”.

The Duchess recently published her first novel for adults Her Heart for a Compass, which details the life of Fergie’s great-great-aunt Lady Margaret Montagu Douglas Scott.

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