The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, becomes the American Cancer Society’s Mother of the Year this week.
Ferguson, 47, mother of princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, says cancer prevention begins by being a good role model.
“They see that I go running. I get on my bicycle. I do yoga, pilates, whatever else I do,” she told George Stephanopolous in an appearance today on American television station ABC’s This Week programme.
“Do you know what they do? Get up off the sofa. Turn the television off. Walk to work. Walk around the block, more vegetables, more fruits at school, less soda pops, less fast food.”
When she was asked whether she would like to receive the award, she said she first talked to her children. Their response was: “Mum, of course,” she said.
“I can safely say one of the best things I’ve done is be a good mother.”
Ferguson divorced Prince Andrew in 1996. She published a best-selling memoir, My Story, and went on to become a spokeswoman for Weight Watchers.