Sarah Ferguson back in the firm: Queen embraces Fergie ahead of Princess Eugenie’s wedding
SARAH Ferguson appears to have been welcomed back into the Queen’s illustrious royal circle ahead of her daughter Princess Eugenie’s Windsor royal wedding to Jack Brooksbank.
Fergie was blacklisted by the Royal Family after a series of toe-curling faux pas, including the moment the flame-haired Duchess of York was snapped having her toe sucked by her American lover John Bryan in 1992 and the infamous tabloid sting that saw her seek £500,000 in exchange for a meeting with Prince Andrew.
Since then the Duchess of York has tried to embrace a flurry of opportunities to claw her way back into the fold – and it seems the Queen is now happy to allow it.
Princess Eugenie’s wedding to Mr Brooksbank in two weeks appears to have balmed tensions between the duchess and her in-laws.
The 58-year-old, who has gushed over Instagram to her 107,000 followers about being the mother-of-the-bride, has no-doubt thrilled the monarch and Prince Philip with invites to the lavish bash on October 12.
It was around the time Eugenie’s engagement was announced in January that the royals began to soften towards the duchess.
In June, she was pictured completing an enthuastic curtsy to the Queen from afar at Royal Ascot before being pictured in the royal box laughing and joking with the 93-year-old while watching the horse racing.
She also followed in the Queen’s footsteps after her special meeting with Sir David Attenborough by meeting the veteran documentary maker herself months after.
The mother-of-two was also invited to spend a weekend with the Queen in her Balmoral residence in 2013.
Sarah has spoken about her frosty relationship with the Queen following her divorce from Prince Andrew in 1996.
She told one interviewer about the divorce: “When I met Her Majesty about it, 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.”
Princess Eugenie’s upcoming wedding no doubt has the duchess positively beaming.
Following the wedding on October 12 the couple will ride through Windsor in a carriage.
They will travel a shorter route than the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Princess Eugenie and Mr Brooksbank were engaged on holiday in Nicaragua in January, 2018.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK