Princess Eugenie Royal Wedding SHOCK: Prince Philip ‘could miss granddaughter’s nuptials’
PRINCE Philip may miss his granddaughter, Princes Eugenie’s wedding in October over his frosty relationship with Eugenie’s mother, Sarah Ferguson, with critics believing the grandfather might not attend the ceremony.
The 97-year-old attended Meghan and Prince Harry’s wedding earlier in May this year, however, speculations are mounting over whether Philip might miss Eugenie’s big day.
A royal insider told People: “He does what he wants.
“He made a supreme effort for Harry. I would be very surprised if he did go, because he is so estranged from Fergie.
“I think he will decide at the 99th hour.”
He made a supreme effort for Harry. I would be very surprised if he did go
Prince Philip is said to have had a long standing feud with the Duchess of York, the ex wife of his son Prince Andrew, and the pair are known to actively avoid each other at royal events.
Sarah and Prince Andrew divorced in 1992 and following the separation, the Royal Family were noticeably distant with their former daughter-in-law.
A source said: “The royal wedding will be difficult for the Duke of Edinburgh because he hates Fergie so much he can’t stand to be in the same place as her.”
Meanwhile, royal correspondent James Whitaker said Philip once described the Duchess of York as “having no point”.
In 1992 she stole headlines after paparazzi snapped a photo of the Duchess with her financial advisor, John Bryan in St Tropez, just before her divorce from Prince Andrew was finalised.
Ms Ferguson later spoke about the photo which she said was blown out of proportion.
Ms Ferguson is understood to have spoken about the alleged toe-sucking incident later, where she said: “He was pretending to try the slipper on my foot and I was Cinderella… and I said, Oh, ha, ha, it doesn’t fit because you are not the prince.”
The Duke of Edinburgh retired from public life in August this year, and now lives far away from the spotlight in his Wood Farm on the Sandringham estate.
However, the retired royal has made a few public appearances and attended some polo matches with his wife, the Queen this summer.
The prince also took to the skies in a helicopter, making a 190-mile journey to Romsey in Hampshire to attend a ceremony where he was appointed the godfather of his close relative’s child.
Princess Eugenie and her fiancée, Jack Brooksbank will marry on October 12 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle – the same location where Meghan and Harry wed.
The couple will invite 1, 200 members of the public to the event, including students from two of Eugenie’s schools – St George’s and Coworth Park.
A royal source said: “Eugenie is local to the area and spent a lot of her life in Windsor.”
The Duchess of York expressed her happiness at the news, publishing a series of tweets congratulating the couple.
She wrote: “Total joy!!” and included a picture of the couple overlaid with the words: “A total embrace of goodness and joy.”
Despite Philip’s opinion on the Duchess, Ms Ferguson and her ex husband, Prince Andrew maintain a “strong relationship”.
A royal source previously told the Express: “Believe it or not, they do live together at the Royal Lodge.
“She used to stay in a different house, but she sold it and moved in after the Queen Mother died. He made her an apartment there to stay there.
“It’s a strange relationship, no one really knows, even I don’t quite know how it all works.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK