She has long since ceased to be “persona non grata”. Sarah “Fergie” Ferguson finds herself among the women of Windsor at Westminster Abbey to bid farewell to Queen Elizabeth II.
There was a time when Sarah Ferguson was persona non grata in the extended royal family. In 2011, Prince Andrew’s ex-wife wasn’t even invited when Prince William and Kate Middleton got married.
Who would have thought then that a decade later, “Fergie”, as the British press nicknamed her, would come naturally to the Queen’s state funeral?
Sarah Ferguson arrived at Westminster Abbey on Monday with her daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie. However, she went to church long before the “official” family members.
Sarah, the former Duchess of York, hit back. Tenacious, silent and long unnoticed. It is now an open secret that she and Prince Andrew are still on good terms, despite their divorce in 1996. They are said to live together at Andrew’s Royal Lodge near Windsor Castle. In 2018, Prince Harry invited her to his wedding to Meghan Markle.
Due to the abuse allegations against Prince Andrew, many of the Queen’s sons have recently applied. But Sarah supports her ex-husband, accused of sexually abusing a minor twenty years ago – in the orbit of American entrepreneur Jeffrey Epstein. Andrew avoided a trial earlier this year by paying a hefty severance package.
The Queen’s dogs go to Andrew and Sarah’s
Apparently Queen Elizabeth II had long since forgiven Sarah for publicly blowing up her marriage to Andrew in the 1990s. monarch, the corgis Muick and Sandy, will go to the prince and his ex-wife. It was given to Elizabeth II by her second eldest son.
After the Queen’s death, Sarah Ferguson said goodbye to her former mother-in-law with loving words: “My heart is broken,” the 62-year-old wrote. She paid tribute to the life’s work of the late monarch. “She gave her whole life selflessly to the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.”
Then, “Fergie” got very personal: “For me, she was the most incredible mother-in-law and friend. I will always be grateful to her for the generosity she showed me by staying close to me even after my divorce. I will miss her more than words can describe.