Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were married in May
Princess Diana would have been proud of Meghan Markle, Prince Harry’s new wife, as she was the “happiest” of the couple, Sarah Ferguson said in an interview.
“I always say, if there was ever an overachiever in the family, it would be Meghan,” she told the Mail on Sunday.
The Duchess of York added that Princess Diana had always believed in “love being able to overcome anything”.
In a separate interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Ms Markle said she was amazed at the attention she had received from the royal family, but that she was not surprised.
“I’ve always been so appreciative to be here in this role and I know that with this role comes, I don’t know, a certain amount of scrutiny, I think that’s expected,” Ms Markle said.
Ms Markle added that she would not speak to former-husband actor and Hollywood star Trevor Engelson “for a while”.
‘Smell of love’
Ms Ferguson said that when she and Prince Andrew joined Harry at Kensington Palace as he was preparing to marry Ms Markle, they “ran into Meghan in the kitchen”.
“The only place we could find her was in the kitchen cooking,” Ms Ferguson told the Mail on Sunday.
“I wasn’t aware of the smell but one of the chefs said, ‘That’s Prince Harry’s wife, she’s cooking, isn’t she?’ And Harry says, ‘Yeah’.”
Ms Ferguson said that when she did introduce the Duchess to Harry after meeting him at a polo event, it was “very obvious” that Ms Markle had found her soulmate.
The Prince and Ms Markle now live in Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace, where Ms Ferguson and Prince Andrew live nearby in rented accommodation.
“Harry has never been happier than when he’s had his wife and his wife has made him happier than he has ever been before,” Ms Ferguson told Today.
Image copyright Prince Harry Image caption Ms Markle and Harry are expecting their first child together
This weekend marks the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death.
Ms Markle has often spoken about her late mother-in-law, and remembers her as an “extraordinary woman” who loved to be “flirtatious, funny, loving and faithful”.
On the 20th anniversary of her daughter’s death, Ms Markle wrote in her memoir, The Tig, that she would always be a “loyal Harry fan”.
Prince Harry’s uncle, Earl Spencer, also wrote in a blog that he believed Meghan Markle was “the perfect one”.
“The biggest change is she has got our love and we have really been able to spend time with her,” Ms Markle told Today.
“I just had never, you know, a sense of belonging, and there are a few times where I have found myself in tears alone.
“And I’ve had such an incredible amount of support from everyone who is very much, very close to me.”
Image copyright AFP Image caption Prince Harry (right) and Ms Markle (left) watched the Invictus Games this month
Ms Markle added: “It was only when we were introduced to Harry, and we started spending time together and it was only when I knew it was going to happen, and I was thinking, ‘Can I really be married to him?’, the emotion was there.”
She said she is “humbled” to know that she has “this connection with such an incredible gentleman”.