America's first lady Michelle Obama has another well-known face to add to her increasing list of supporters.
Sarah Ferguson has revealed she and the US president's wife have forged a warm bond after she secretly visited the White House on the advice of her daughters, Eugenie and Beatrice.
After hearing her girls enthuse about how approachable Michelle is, having met her at an official dinner, the Duchess of York travelled to Washington for an introduction.
Durign their meeting the British royal enlisted her hostess' help in promoting the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust, of which she is a patron.
"The Duchess was hugely impresses with Michelle and they really bonded," a source has said. "They are both mothers and have a lot in common."
"Sarah thinks that Michelle would be the perfect representative for the charity in the States and hopes she will get on board."