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Last Updated: Tuesday May 20 2008 06:15 GMT

Princess not fat says mum

Sarah, Duchess of York and her daughter Princess Beatrice

Princess Beatrice's mum has hit out at some reporters who have called her daughter overweight.

Sarah Ferguson said her eldest daughter Beatrice was fit and healthy and the right size for her height.

She said the rude remarks about Princess Beatrice's figure had made her unnecessarily worried about dieting.

Princess Beatrice, 19, is fifth in line to the throne and is doing work experience as a personal shopper at a high-class shop in London.

Sarah Ferguson is just about to take part in a TV show in which the duchess, who's a spokesperson for a weight loss company, helps an overweight family in Hull to improve how they live.