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Sarah Ferguson's heartfelt letter to late mother: 'I do forgive you completely'

April 7, 2015
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Mother’s Day is a month away, but it is never too early to show moms everywhere gratitudefor all they have done. In the new book A Letter to My Mom, which is out Tuesday,Lisa Erspamer gathered touching letters from the likes of Melissa Rivers, Kelly Osbourne, Josh Groban and Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson.

Sarah with her mother Susan in July 1998 Photo: Getty Images

Sarah, who lost her motherSusan Barrantes in 1998 when she was in a fatal car accident, writes a verycandid message. “It has been 17 years since you departed on your lastdrive from the farm in Argentina. There is not a day that doesn’t go by when I wishI could pick up the telephone and tell you what I have been doing, to tell youhow your granddaughters have excelled and shine,” she shares. “They continuallyremind me of your magnetic energy and the humility with which you lived yourlife for 62 years.”

Susan followed love toArgentina and moved when Sarah was just 13. “I look back now and thank you,forgive you, and love you more,” she continues. “You gave me the strength tolook at life differently. I am convinced I would never be the strong person I aminwardly had I not had to come to terms with the sense of abandonment. I wishfor you to be looking over my shoulder right now, and realize that you gave meempathy, which holds me in steadfastness and an understanding of belief inmyself. I do forgive you completely.”

Susan with her granddaughters Eugenie and Beatrice in 1998 Photo: Getty Images

The 55-year-old, who sharesdaughters Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie with her ex-husband Prince Andrew, even writes about her mother’s adoration for the British royal.

“You lovedAndrew so much, and your darling granddaughters, they are all exceptional, and Ipass your photograph every day and say I am the luckiest girl in the world tohave you as my Mum,” she writes. “I miss your physical presence, but when I nextsee a butterfly, I will know you have read my letter, and that you are proud ofme and my girls, and of course your special son-in-law Andrew.”

Sarah culminates her letterwith, “I never stop laughing and feeling full of joy, because then I know youare near. Signing the heartfelt note, she writes, Your ever loving and devoteddaughter, Sarah. Your Fishface.”

This was adapted from A LETTER TO MY MOM. Copyright © 2015by Lisa Erspamer Entertainment LLC. Published by Crown Archetype, an imprint ofPenguin Random House LLC. To read the full letter andthe others from the stars mentioned above as well as others, pick up A Letter to My Mom, available now.

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