Sarah Ferguson reveals pet name for her reconstructed breast after cancer


FILE - Sarah Ferguson poses for photographers upon arrival at the UK premiere of the film 'Marlowe' in London, Thursday, March 16, 2023. Sarah, the Duchess of York, underwent surgery following a breast cancer diagnosis, according to a spokesperson. The 63-year-old was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer following a routine mammogram. The surgery was successful and Sarah???s doctors told her the prognosis is good, the duchess???s spokesperson said on Sunday, June 25 2023. (Scott Garfitt/Invision/AP, File)
Sarah Ferguson is currently healing from breast reconstruction surgery (Picture: AP)

Sarah Ferguson has revealed that she’s given her reconstructed breast a name after being diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year.

The Duchess of York, 63, first revealed her diagnosis in June after concerns were raised about her health during an otherwise routine mammogram appointment.

After going public with her breast cancer diagnosis, Good Morning Britain’s Susanna Reid admitted that it had been a ‘wake-up call’ to get screened herself.

The Duchess – also known as Fergie – was married to Prince Andrew between 1986 and 1996 and their divorce attracted a considerable level of media attention.

Following her reconstruction surgery, the Duchess was informed that the tough procedure was ultimately successful and that her prognosis looked ‘good’.

She said the eight-hour operation left her feeling ‘very lucky’ and resulted in one of her two daughters, Princess Eugenie, moving into the Royal Lodge in Windsor.


Editorial use only Mandatory Credit: Photo by Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock (13858937i) Sarah Ferguson Duchess of York, Duchess of York 'Loose Women' TV show, London, UK - 05 Apr 2023
The Duchess was married to Prince Andrew between 1986 and 1996 (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock)

Now, as she recovers from surgery, the Duchess has admitted she’s still ‘coming to terms’ with her new life – but has named her reconstructed breast ‘Derek’.

On her Tea Talks with the Duchess and Sarah podcast, she told her friend Sarah Thomson about why she had named it Derek and how Derek made her feel.

‘I am just coming to terms with my new best friend Derek – on my left, he’s called Derek. He’s very important because he saved my life,’ she said.


Sarah Ferguson Princess Eugenie
Princess Eugenie has ‘all but moved in’ to the Royal Lodge at Windsor (Picture: Getty)

The wedding of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey, London, UK
The Duke and Duchess of York were married in 1986 (Picture: Getty)

‘I don’t know [why I chose the name]. It just made me laugh that I have now a friend who is with me all the time who is protecting me with his shield of armour.’

Giving more details about her diagnosis, the Duchess revealed that her cancer was caught at an early stage due to the mammogram.

She continued: ‘I have a got a perky friend on my left. Poor Eric on the right is feeling rather sad because he is not as perky as Derek on the left.’

However, she promised that she would get Eric ‘balanced’ and promised listeners not to worry, adding that she is ‘getting much better’ as the days go by.

After her diagnosis was made public, the panel on Loose Women were inspired to debate whether the the age range of breast cancer screenings should be altered.



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