PRINCESS EUGENIE and her elder sister Princess Beatrice was once offered a grand gesture from their grandmother Queen Elizabeth II. However, the offer was turned down by Sarah Ferguson.
Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice are the Queen’s granddaughters and children of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson. The York sisters are said to be close with their grandmother and were once offered a huge gift. However, the Duchess of York was forced to decline.
In 1997, the Queen offered to buy her granddaughters a £1.5million Grade II-listed house in Surrey.
However, Sarah, more known as Fergie, was forced to decline the offer as she reportedly worried she could not afford the running costs.
When the home went up for sale in 2016, Andrew Russell from estate agency Strutt and Parker told the Daily Mail: “It’s probably one of the very best of north Surrey’s village houses, there’s not that many that come on the market.
“It’s a proper country house with five acres of grounds.
Princess Eugenie was offered a huge gift from the Queen (Image: GETTY)
Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice are the Queen’s granddaughters (Image: GETTY)
“The house itself is a very attractive and imposing-looking property.
“Some of the rooms are really quite dramatic, with high ceilings and full floor to ceiling sash windows.
“It’s got a swimming pool, tennis court and beautiful specimen trees dating from Victorian times in the garden.”
In 1997, at the time the property were offered to the York sisters, Fergie and Prince Andrew were no longer together, having divorced the previous year.
Princess Eugenie’s parents Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew divorced in 1996 (Image: GETTY)
The couple were together for 10 years, and married in 1986.
Fergie retained the style Her Royal Highness with the style of other divorced peeresses, eliminating the preface “The” before “Duchess of York”.
In the years after her divorce, the Duchess of York cited her deal as a spokeswoman with Weight Watchers as her main “source of income”.
In 2011, Fergie said of the divorce: “When I met with Her Majesty she asked, ‘What do you require, Sarah?’ and I said, ‘Your friendship,’ which I think amazed her because everyone said I would demand a big settlement.
“But I wanted to be able to say, ‘Her Majesty is my friend’– not fight her nor have lawyers saying, ‘Look, she is greedy.’ I left my marriage knowing I’d have to work.”
However, despite being divorced, Fergie and Andrew continue to live together today and have spoken fondly of the incredible friendship the pair share.
Prince Andrew’s official residence is the Royal Lodge on the Queen’s Windsor estate.
The Duchess of York spoke to the Daily Mail in 2018, and she noted how she and Andrew “really believe in each other”.
She said: “July 23, 1986 was the happiest day of my life. Andrew is the best man I know. What he does for Britain is incredible; no one knows how hard he works for his country.
“My duty is to him. I am so proud of him. I stand by him and always will. The way we are is our fairy tale.
Princess Eugenie and Queen Elizabeth II are said to be close (Image: GETTY)
“Although we are not a couple, we really believe in each other. The Yorks are a united family.
“We’ve shown it. You saw it at the wedding. We stand up for each other, fight for each other.
“We’re totally respectful of each other’s position and thoughts and we listen to each other. Our children listen to us, too.
“And we sit round the table and have afternoon tea together. It’s a very important part of our lives.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK