The Duchess of York opens up about her narrow escape from the 9/11 attacks

Must See 07/12/2018

Sarah 'Fergie' Fergusson, the Duchess of York, takes "every minute as a blessing" after her close call almost being caught in the September 11th attacks on New Yorks Twin Towers back in 2001. 

The Duchess was in New York on the day of the attacks as her Chances for Children charity's office was on the 101st floor of the North Tower of the Twin Towers. Thankfully though, on the day of the attacks, she was running 20 minutes late and wasn't in the office. 

What she learned from avoiding the tragedy so narrowly is that "The minute you look too far forward, then you're missing now. The minute you look back… you can't go back. Hindsight is a wonderful thing."

The mascot of Fergie's charity, a small ragdoll called 'Little Red' was on her desk on the day of the attacks, and was actually found in the rubble:

"From 101 floors Little Red came down in her dress, a little tiny ragdoll, and she was found in the rubble. And CNN filmed it and said 'oh a child's doll,' and Larry King said 'no, that's Little Red, and she stands for children's rights all over the world.' From Little Red, I've gone on to build a lot of schools and taught many teachers."

"I was so worried they would think that a child was lost or buried in the rubble" the Duchess said.