Princess Eugenie wedding: Will Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew sit together?
PRINCESS Eugenie will follow in the footsteps of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry this October when she marries Jack Brooksbank at Windsor Castle – but will her parents, the Duchess of York and Prince Andrew, sit together during the ceremony?
Sarah Ferguson and the Duke of York, both 58, have spoken warmly of their future son-in-law Jack 33, expressing their “delight” at Eugenie’s engagement announcement in January.
The princess’ parents remain close despite divorcing more than 20 years ago and regularly attend events together, with Sarah often posting pictures of Andrew on her Instagram page.
However, the duchess did not sit with her daughters or former husband at Harry and Meghan’s wedding in May, cutting a lonely figure as she arrived to Windsor Castle on her own.
She was also allegedly snubbed an invited to the evening reception, organised by Prince Charles.
A royal insider told Mail Online at the time: “He just can’t see why she is still such a big part of his brother’s life.”
Will Duchess of York and Prince Andrew sit together?
Royal expert James Brookes says be believed the Duke and Duchess of York will sit together for Eugenie’s wedding and it cannot be compared to Meghan and Harry’s nuptials.
The communications director of Royal Central exclusively told Express.co.uk: “That was different because of the scale of the occasion, the logistics of that wedding were much different.”
He added: “If they do sit as a three I wouldn’t be surprised if we see Andrew, then Beatrice in the middle and Sarah on the other side.
“If Beatrice is playing a big role in the service, then it might be that Andrew and Sarah sit together.”
Why was Sarah not allowed to sit with Prince Andrew at Meghan and Harry’s wedding?
Mr Brookes said the monarchy is slowly modernising but the view of older members, such as Prince Philip and Prince Charles, are the reason why Sarah remains on the edge of royal cycles.
He said: “The overwhelming sense you got from Harry and Megan’s wedding was that she was being brought back in the cold a little bit but there was still an arm’s length approach to her.
“That is because she had not been invited to the evening do, she arrived alone and sat away from the family.
“She was there, she had a royal presence as Harry wanted, but she was not one of the royal tack so to speak.”
The royal commentator said Philip in particular still sees Sarah as a “negative” presence because of past events, including that infamous toe-sucking scandal in 1995.
He said: “There are senior members of the royal family who still hold their cold views towards Sarah because of her actions when she was married and they blame her for the breakdown of the marriage.”
How do Sarah and Andrew feel about one another?
The Duke and Duchess of York have maintained a warm relationship over the years and it was recently revealed the pair live together at the Royal Lodge in Windsor.
The Grade II-listed residence was passed down to Andrew by the Queen Mother upon her death.
Mr Brookes has not ruled a romantic rekindling either and nor should others, adding “anything is possible with this royal family”.
He said: “You can still see there are still feelings the
Source: EXPRESS CO UK