Why Could Sarah Ferguson be in A BIG TROUBLE on Princess Eugenie Wedding?
Royal feud: Prince Philip could be VERY frosty to Sarah Ferguson at Eugenie’s wedding
PRINCESS Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s wedding will take place this Autumn after the couple got engaged earlier this month, but the royal wedding could provide a headache for organisers amid claims of an ongoing feud between Prince Philip and Sarah Ferguson.
Princess Eugenie’s mother Sarah Ferguson, 58, and the bride’s grandfather Prince Philip, 96, have reportedly avoided each other for years following a series of scandals.
And Prince Philip is thought to be so upset at Sarah Ferguson’s toe-sucking scandal and embarrassment to the Royal Family that he will struggle to be in the same room as her at Princess Eugenie’s upcoming wedding.
The Duke of Edinburgh has never forgiven the Duchess of York, who was once married to son Prince Andrew, for the series of scandals that she has put the family through since her 1992 affair with a Texan billionaire.
Philip was said to be livid when pictures emerged of the bubbly redhead apparently getting her toes sucked by oil tycoon John Bryan, who she had described as her financial advisor.
Eugenie’s mother, Sarah, Duchess of York paved the way for her exit from the Royals in 1992 with the scandal.
Sarah was staying at Balmoral when the images were published, and the Windsors came across them in the morning newspapers at the breakfast table.
Her relationship with her in-laws, particularly the Duke of Edinburgh, was left in tatters.
A source said: “The royal wedding will be difficult for the Duke of Edinburgh because he hates Fergie so much he can’t stand to be in the same place as her.”
Royal correspondent James Whitaker said Philip once described the Duchess of York as “having no point”.
While the news of the wedding at St George’s Chapel will rally all of the family together, insiders say nothing can heal the rift between the Duchess of York and her former father-in-law, Philip, who may not want to be in the same church together.
It comes as the Duchess of York described the engagement of her youngest daughter Princess Eugenie and long-term boyfriend Jack Brooksbank as “total joy”.
Eugenie, 27, and Mr Brooksbank, 29, got engaged in Nicaragua earlier this month during a private holiday, Buckingham Palace revealed.
In three tweets – which were retweeted by the Duke of York – the Duchess expressed her happiness at the news.
In the first, she wrote: “Total joy!!” and included a picture of the couple overlaid with the words: “A total embrace of goodness and joy.
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh also expressed their delight at the news, wishing their granddaughter and her fiancé “all the best”.
Fergie was seen as a “breath of fresh air”, fun but lacking grace, unlike Diana, when she burst into the Royal Damily as Prince Andrew’s bride in 1986.
The couple have two daughters, Eugenie and her sister Beatrice, 29.
In 1992 the Duke and Duchess of York finally announced their seperation and months later photographs emerged of the Duchess sunbathing topless and appearing to have her toes sucked by her former financial advisor.
She has not been an official member of the Royal Family in 20 years but still shares a residence with her ex-husband Prince Andrew.
In 2000, the Duchess of York said that she and her former husband had talked of remarrying but that Prince Philip forbid it.
In recent years, the Duchess has been to Balmoral for short breaks with the Queen, Andrew, and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie – but is only thought to have stayed when Philip was away. She was not invited to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding.
Sarah, who also wed at Westminster Abbey, later admitted: “It was so difficult. Because I wanted to be there with my girls … and to be getting them dressed and to go as a family. And it was also hard because the last bride up that aisle was me.”
In a 2011 interview with Harpers Bazaar she did not mention what kind of relationship she had with her former father-in-law, but talked of how much she adored the Queen.
She said: “I still see, love, and admire her. I didn’t want a divorce but had to because of circumstance.”
However, despite her strained relationship with the Duke she revealed to Harpers Bazaar in a 2011 interview that she wished she had fought him to stay married to Prince Andrew.
She said: “All I’d say is, no matter what, stay with your man; don’t let him be taken from you. Prince or no prince, love that man, and that love will hold him…Don’t let them tell you what to feel, how to do things, who you are. Be yourself.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK
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