Sarah Ferguson and Princess Diana were cousins

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Sarah Ferguson and Princess Diana were secretly cousins – royal brides’ lineage revealed

SARAH FERGUSON and Princess Diana were friends before they both married their princes, Prince Andrew and Prince Charles. However, the two women were actually distant cousins.

Sarah Ferguson, 58, and the late Princess Diana were once close friends.

They later became related by marriage, married to two royal princes of the United Kingdom.

Fergie married Prince Andrew in 1986 in a lavish ceremony at Westminster Abbey, London.

Diana married Charles a few years earlier, in July 1981.

Princess Diana had a close but unlikely friendship with Sarah Ferguson Photo (C) JOHN SCOTT•JUDY APPELBEE•Princess Diana had a close but unlikely friendship with Sarah Ferguson Photo (C) JOHN SCOTT•JUDY APPELBEE•BNPS•GETTYBNPS•GETTY
Princess Diana had a close but unlikely friendship with Sarah Ferguson Photo (C) JOHN SCOTT•JUDY APPELBEE•BNPS•GETTY

The Princess of Wales was to thank for Fergie and Andrew’s relationship.

Sarah Ferguson and Princess Diana: Wedding bells were secretly cousins

Diana invited Fergie to a party at Windsor Castle held after the Ascot Races in 1985.

Princess Diana and Sarah Ferguson Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Princess Diana and Sarah Ferguson Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

Both Sarah and Diana have links to the royal blood line via their ancestors.

They are both descended from William Cavendish, Fourth Duke of Devonshire.

Princess Diana and Sarah Ferguson Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Princess Diana and Sarah Ferguson Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

He was the father of William Cavendish, Fifth Duke of Devonshire, the man portrayed in Keira Knightly film The Duchess.

He was also MP for Derbyshire in 1741 and 1747.

Mother-of-the-bride Lady Sarah McCorquodale, right, sister of Princess Diana at the wedding
Mother-of-the-bride Lady Sarah McCorquodale, right, sister of Princess Diana at the wedding

This also makes the two women very distant cousins of their husbands, Charles and Andrew.

Their children, Prince William, 36, and Prince Harry, 33, and Princess Beatrice, 29, and Princess Eugenie, 28, are first cousins.

But were Sarah Ferguson and Princess Diana friends?

Just two weeks before the birth of Prince William, Diana jokes with Sarah Ferguson at a polo match
Just two weeks before the birth of Prince William, Diana jokes with Sarah Ferguson at a polo match

Fergie revealed she did not talk to Diana for a year before she tragically died.

She told Harper’s Bazaar: “And the saddest thing, at the end, we hadn’t spoken for a year, though I never knew the reason, except that once Diana got something in her head….

“I tried, wrote letters, thinking whatever happened didn’t matter, let’s sort it out.”

ASCOT, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 17: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York and Princess Beatrice attend day 4 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 17, 2016 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
ASCOT, UNITED KINGDOM – JUNE 17: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York and Princess Beatrice attend day 4 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 17, 2016 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

Sarah Ferguson’s wedding tiara was a gift from the Queen.

However, the last time the tiara was seen in public was well over a decade ago at the White Tie and Tiara Ball hosted by Sir Elton John at his Windsor mansion on 5 July, 2001.

It seems a shame for such a tiara to have not had a public outing in years.

Princess Diana and Sarah Ferguson Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Princess Diana and Sarah Ferguson Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

So what has happened to the York tiara?

As this is private gift it is likely that Sarah still has the piece.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK