09/16/2012 01:02 pm ET Updated Oct 10, 2012

Sarah Ferguson Sounds Off On Kate Middleton Topless Photos Scandal

Sarah Ferguson is definitely one who understands how it feels to be on the wrong end of a royal scandal. So it comes as no surprise that she's expressed sympathy for Kate Middleton as she deals with the media frenzy surrounding the publishing of topless photos.

In fact, this particular embarrassment might be a little too familiar for comfort -- Fergie dealt with the release of her own topless photos back in 1992 (you know, those infamous poolside snaps that ran in the Daily Mirror). According to the Daily Mail, the Duchess of York commented on Kate's ordeal during her recent trip to New York City:

I have total empathy and sympathy for her. I have been there and know what it’s like. Everyone is entitled to privacy. It is a devastating invasion of one’s personal inner space. It is deplorable, abhorrent and despicable. She is a beautiful young woman doing a great job for the country. Why should she be stripped of that moment with her husband?

These sentiments are certainly shared by the palace, as the family has announced that they will be taking legal action against French magazine Closer for publishing the photos. And even though Fergie hasn't had the best relationship with the royal family in the past (her invite to last year's royal wedding seemed to have gotten lost in the mail), it's nice to hear that she still feels the need to comfort Kate during this difficult time. What do you think of Sarah Ferguson's comments about the scandal?

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