Sarah Ferguson shares CLEVER 'Etiquette Tricks', 'I love that'

Sarah Ferguson pours in her Royal experience of 'people skills' on Tea Talk

By Betty Cruise July 29, 2023

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Sarah Ferguson is pretty experienced in "dodging" etiquettes.

The 63-year-old Duchess of York discussed conversation departure strategies in the most recent episode of her podcast Tea Talks with the Duchess and Sarah. Because she attended numerous royal functions when married to Prince Andrew from 1986 to 1996, the Duchess of York, sometimes known as Fergie, is well-versed in appropriate protocol.

She is still a member of the royal family today and sat close to her ex-husband on May 7 at the Coronation Concert.In the latest Tea Talks episode, which aired on Wednesday, Fergie's co-host Sarah Thomson asked her how to leave a party without being impolite to the other person, which caused Fergie to chuckle.

“Well, it depends which country you're in. There's all different cultures which you must always be aware of, and I love that,” she began.

“If you're in British Downton Abbey, you get to a point when you say, ‘One second, could you hold that thought because I’ve just got to go and see Fred over there because I’ve got to give him a message. And by the time that the person you’re talking to has gone onto the next subject, they’ve forgotten that you were coming back to tell something about Fred.”

Then, the writer of A Most Intriguing Lady disclosed how to avoid a touchy subject.

“If someone asks you a tricky question that you don’t want to answer, say ‘Oh that’s so interesting, I’ll tell you what, I’m going to throw that question to Matilda. Matilda, what do you think about that question?’ And you’ve thrown the ball again,” she said.

Last but not least, Fergie offered a tip for managing three events in one night: make a quick appearance at each "very loudly!"

“What you do is you walk through the door, go in very loudly and walk all the way around the room. And you’ll be so loud that most people are going, ‘Oh my goodness, it’s so loud.' Then you leave after five minutes, and so the host and everyone will say, “Oh, I didn’t see Sarah tonight.’ And everyone in the room says, “Oh, well we did,’ ” she explained.