King Charles’ motives behind first Christmas invite to Fergie in 30 years laid bare


The Duchess of York reportedly attended her last Sandringham Christmas ahead of the “toe-sucking” scandal of 1992.

But this may have changed following the deaths of the late Queen Elizabeth II earlier this year, and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, in April 2021.

A Sandringham source told The Sun: “Andrew is banned from public life but you can’t ban him from family Christmas.

“Staff at Sandringham have been tasked with getting Wood Farm ready for the whole York family.

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The invite shows the importance of ‘family and forgiveness’ (Image: Getty)

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Charles is being ‘forgiving and kind’ with the invite (Image: Getty)

“When she split with Andrew, Sarah was never allowed at the family Christmas Eve and Christmas Day while Philip and the Queen were alive.

“For 30 years she used to have Christmas dinner on her own.

“But things are being done differently now.”

But the move on the part of King Charles is imbued with festive spirit as he takes over control of the Royal Family, an expert has claimed.

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The Duke and Duchess of York tied the knot in 1986, but publicly announced their split in 1992 (Image: Getty)

Royal commentator Robert Jobson claimed: “By inviting her to spend the holiday in the royal fold, King Charles is showing us all what Christmas is all about — family and forgiveness.”

But Mr Jobson also suggested the move shows the monarch to be “following his mother’s example”, claiming in The Sun that the late sovereign had “made up with Sarah” ahead of her death in September.

Likewise, royal expert Phil Dampier called the invitation an indication of Charles being “forgiving and kind”.

He labelled the move an “olive branch” from King Charles to Prince Andrew, “who is otherwise out in the cold”.


Shortly after the separation went public, Fergie became embroiled in the ‘toe-sucking’ scandal (Image: Getty)

He added: “Andy and Fergie’s daughters are grown up with kids of their own so it makes sense for them all to be invited, including the Duchess of York.

“This will please Andrew but I still don’t think he and Sarah will ever remarry.”

Shortly after the news hit the press, Sarah was snapped in the south of France with her financial advisor, John Bryan.

In what became known as the “toe-sucking scandal”, the Duchess of York was pictured having her feet and toes kissed and sucked by Mr Bryan.


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