The Duchess of York was blacklisted from attending royal weddings for a while, being left off the guestlist for some of the most important unions of recent years. The Duchess even spoke out about one painful event for her – not being able to attend Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding in 2011. While Sarah is the mother of royal blood princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, she is also Prince Andrew’s ex-wife, which means technically she’s no longer a member of the family.
Therefore, there is no protocol dictating she needs to be invited to such events.
But the Duchess of York still took it as a snub and opened up to Oprah Winfrey about how difficult it was to be left out of the world-famous affair.
Sarah said: “I wanted to be there with my girls… to be getting them dressed and to go as a family.
“Also, it was so hard, because the last bride up that aisle [at Westminster Abbey] was me.”
The Duchess added it was actually her ex who tried to cheer her up, reportedly telling her: “It’s OK. Just remember we had such a good day. Our wedding was so perfect.”
Sarah Ferguson: How Duchess of York was BLACKLISTED from royal weddings for years
Sarah Ferguson: Sarah and Andrew are divorced, so she’s no longer a member of the family
The Duchess said Prince Andrew “made me feel part of the day on April 29.”
If you thought the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is the only wedding Sarah wasn’t allowed at, think again.
The Duchess was blacklisted from the weddings of Princess Anne’s children as well.
The Princess Royal’s son, Peter Philips, married Autumn Kelly on May 17, 2008, and the Duchess wasn’t on the guest list.
Sarah Ferguson: Sarah was banned from attending Kate and William’s big day in 2011
Sarah Ferguson: Sarah has long been a controversial member of the royal family
The same was true for when Princess Anne’s daughter, Zara, married rugby star Mike Tindall on July 30, 2011.
The reason for the Duchess’s non-invite is understood to be because Prince Philip isn’t her biggest fan, and neither is Princess Anne.
According to royal biographer Allan Starkie, when Sarah joined the family in 1986, the Duke of Edinburgh reportedly told her: “Now you’re a member of the firm you can do anything you want, but you’ll always be found out.”
And indeed, she was found out when details and photographs of her private life made front-page news in 1992, leading to her divorce from the Duke of York.
Sarah was in attendance at Princess Beatrice’s nuptials this summer, of course, as she’s her mother, where 97-year-old Prince Philip consented to be photographed alongside the Duchess.
A source at the time said: “Prince Philip has agreed to pose in the wedding snaps alongside Eugenie’s mother, Sarah, Duchess of York.
“It will be the first time that the pair have been pictured together in 26 years.”
In 2018, things changed for the Duchess when she was invited to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding.
Sarah said she was “honoured” and “grateful” to score an event to the wedding of the year and see the happy couple say ‘I do’.
But while the Duchess was asked to the wedding, the invitation only stretched to the ceremony, not the private reception later in the evening thrown by Prince Charles.
The Prince of Wales did, however, invite his brother as well as their daughters, Beatrice and Eugenie.
While speculation inevitably arose that Prince Philip was behind the decision, a source told the Daily Mail the choice to leave out the Duchess was purely Prince Charles’ choice.
The source said: “She is not a member of the Royal Family any more and Prince Charles simply does not have time for her.
“He just can’t see why she is still such a big part of his brother’s life.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK