Princess-to-Be Sarah Ferguson Is Well-Suited in Di's Old Duds
updated 05/26/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 05/26/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Melanie Cornish, a 15-year-old Devon schoolgirl, made the discovery while flipping through scrapbooks she keeps on the royals and she tipped off Fleet Street. It probably required a dressmaker's expert alterations to make Di's size 8 clothes fit Fergie's rounded size 12 frame.
Wearing Di's discards, observers note, was an indiscretion that Fergie committed before her engagement, and it is not likely to happen again. Still, those incidents point up Fergie's continuing clothes woes. As one fashion maven puts it generously, "Fergie has still got to learn." After the 26-year-old Fergie stepped outside Buckingham Palace wearing an unflattering suit for the Queen's 60th-birthday bash last month, the Daily Mirror suggested that the palace "insist in future that Miss Sarah Ferguson learn a royal walk; manage her hair; and, given the shape of her not inconsiderable backside, never again choose a suit which has a socking great bow drawing attention to it." Fergie no doubt doesn't intend to rival Di's style, but if ever she wants to copy it, a Daily Mirror writer suggested, "It won't be achieved by borrowing her castoffs; only, I'm afraid, by asking for the loan of her diet sheet."