Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, has applied to become a Swiss resident. In an interview with the French-language newspaper Le Nouvelliste, ‘Fergie’ as she is commonly known in the UK, said she had set the process in motion.
The ex-wife of Prince Andrew told the newspaper in an interview published on Wednesday that she wants to live in the chic ski resort village of Verbier in canton Valais, which she has regularly visited.
She told the paper that she had discovered canton Valais at the age of 16, when her mother took her there to ski. She has been on skis since the age of three.
Ferguson added that she regularly goes to Valais on holiday, and her family has been going with her for a number of years. She went on to describe how she has been touched by the simplicity, generosity and welcoming attitude of people in Valais.
"We feel very free and happy here. It's like home. In fact I call it home. I find here a positive energy that allows me to concentrate on my new charity work," she told the paper.
Her foundation, Children in Crisis, works in different countries of conflict to benefit children and young adults without access to healthcare or education.
Her application for official residency in Valais has been filed and the administrative process is underway, she said.
Ferguson reportedly co-owns a chalet in Verbier with her ex-husband, Queen Elizabeth's second son from whom she divorced in 1996.
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