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Princess Beatrice shares update on Sarah Ferguson's health in first live interview: 'She's been through so much'

The royal addressed her mother's cancer scare for the first time on This Morning  

Jenni McKnight
US Lifestyle Editor
May 6, 2024
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Princess Beatrice has spoken out for the first time about her mother, Sarah Ferguson's cancer scare during her debut live TV interview on Monday's This Morning. 

The 35-year-old appeared on the show from New York City's Empire State Building to discuss her charity, Outward Bound, but the conversation turned personal when she shared an update on her mother's health. 

Sarah, Duchess of York, was diagnosed with malignant melanoma in January, just six months after treatment for breast cancer and undergoing breast reconstruction surgery. 

Sarah Ferguson in a green outfit© Getty Images
Sarah, Duchess of York was diagnosed with skin cancer in January 2024

After being asked about Sarah's health by hosts Josie Gibson and Craig Doyle, Beatrice was full of praise for her mother. 

"She's such a phenomenal icon. As a mum she's been amazing, she's been through so much and her sense of purpose and resilience really keeps me going," Beatrice proudly said. 

Sharing the good news that Sarah is now "all clear", Beatrice continued: "She's doing really well. She's had a bumpy health scare last year but all clear now. At 64 she's thriving; she's been through so much, but I think really now she's coming into her own." 

Stressing the importance of regular screening, she added: "We're just reminded when any parent or individual has a health scenario, just really get the checks that you need to get as early as you possibly can. 

Princess Beatrice of York and Princess Eugenie of York attend the Ellie Goulding x SERVED Private Party at Royal Albert Hall on April 11, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images for SERVED)© Getty Images
Beatrice and Eugenie are proud of their mother

"Both my sister and I are so proud of her for taking those steps to get those checks and it really modelled our health considerations on that. 

"We’re really lucky in the UK to make sure you can get those checks as best as you can and hopefully, we can be there to support each other when anyone goes through a health scare." 

She added: "There's nothing more important than family." 

Princess Beatrice, Sarah Ferguson and Princess Eugenie© Getty
Sarah has been supported by her daughters during her health struggles

In January, a spokesman for Sarah shared her diagnosis in a statement. It read: "Following her diagnosis with an early form of breast cancer this summer, Sarah, Duchess of York has now been diagnosed with malignant melanoma. 

"Her dermatologist asked that several moles were removed and analysed at the same time as the Duchess was undergoing reconstructive surgery following her mastectomy, and one of these has been identified as cancerous. 

Princess Beatrice attends the "BBC Earth Experience"at Daikin Centre on March 29, 2023 in London, England. © Getty
Beatrice spoke about her mother's health for the first time on This Morning

"She is undergoing further investigations to ensure that this has been caught in the early stages. Clearly, another diagnosis so soon after treatment for breast cancer has been distressing but the Duchess remains in good spirits. 

"The Duchess wants to thank the entire medical team which has supported her, particularly her dermatologist whose vigilance ensured the illness was detected when it was. She believes her experience underlines the importance of checking the size, shape, colour and texture and emergence of new moles that can be a sign of melanoma." 

Sarah Ferguson attends the Red Cross Charity Event © getty
Sarah Ferguson is now 'all clear'

The duchess' skin cancer was reportedly spotted by dermatologists during her treatment for breast cancer last year, with several moles removed for testing and results arriving just after Christmas. 

Malignant melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer. According to the NHS: "Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that can spread to other areas of the body. The main cause of melanoma is ultraviolet light, which comes from the sun and is used in sunbeds." 

Your chance of developing melanoma increases as you age, while a family history of the disease, sun exposure and having pale skin are also risk factors.: 

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