Sarah Ferguson and Prince Philip bury the hatchet for Eugenie’s Royal Wedding
Prince Philip has decided to bury the hatchet with Sarah Ferguson and appear in official photos with the Royal Family and the Duchess of York for Princess Eugenie’s wedding next month.
The Duchess of York and Prince Philip are said to have avoided each other for years in the wake of Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew’s divorce.
But it appears his granddaughter’s upcoming wedding has seen Prince Philip have a change of heart.
A royal source says Philip, 97, will appear in the official family photos to mark the occassion on Friday October 12 at Windsor Castle.
A royal insider told Richard Eden, Saturday Diary Editor at the Daily Mail: “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.”
The Duke of Edinburgh and Fergie have been engaged in a bitter feud since sensational photos emerged of her sunbathing topless while having her toes sucked by American financial manager John Bryan in 1992.
Philip has “studiously avoided Fergie” ever since.
But now he may be prepared to let bygones be bygones to ensure a harmonious day for his granddaughter, Princess Eugenie.
Princess Eugenie, 28, is set to be married at St George’s Chapel, Windsor to Jack Brooksbank.
The royal insider said: “Her Majesty and the Duke will be in the official photographs, just as they were in those of their other grandchildren, Peter and Zara Phillips, Prince William and Prince Harry.
“The Duke loves his granddaughter and wants her big day to be just as special as those of her cousins.”
However, Philip who underwent a successful hip operation in April, may not go to the wedding reception and socialise further with Fergie.
The courtier said: “It is likely to depend on how he feels on the day.”
A Buckingham Palace spokesman declined to comment.
The Duchess of York, 58, the former wife of Prince Andrew, publicly embarrassed the Royal Family when she was photographed while holidaying in St Tropez with Mr Bryan.
But despite tensions with Prince Philip, the Duchess of York has maintained a good relationship with the Queen and has visited her at Balmoral every summer for the last three years.
A royal biographer has sensationally counter-claimed it could have been Fergie that wanted the truth out.
Allan Starkie told 1997 documentary ‘Fergie: The Downfall of the Duchess’ Sarah, also widely known as Fergie, had made “too many mistakes” whilst on her secret holiday in the south of France.
Despite her indiscretions, Ms Ferguson has remained on good terms with Queen Elizabeth and other royals and has stayed at Balmoral, the Royals’ summer getaway in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, several times.
However, she reportedly made herself scarce before Philip, with whom it is said she has not exchanged a single word since she divorced Prince Andrew in 1996, arrived.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK