Sarah, Duchess of York, has been snubbed by the Royal Family – again.
The ex-wife of Prince Andrew may have scored an invite to the wedding of her nephew, Prince Harry, and the afternoon reception, but Prince Charles has left her off the guest list for the exclusive evening reception.
Andrew is expected to be there, along with Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, but Fergie is just going to have to find somewhere else to hang that night. She’s probably used to snubs by now, though.
She wasn’t invited to the 2011 wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton either.
It’s believed that Harry insisted on his aunt being at his wedding, but she’s said to be “deeply unhappy” about not getting an invite to the reception.
“Prince Charles simply doesn’t have time for her,” an insider reportedly told Express.
The relationship between Fergie and Prince Philip is even frostier. According to royal correspondent James Whitaker, who died in 2012, the Prince once described his former daughter-in-law as having “no point”.
So what exactly did Fergie do to get herself on the royal blacklist? Well, there was that toe-sucking incident. But that’s not all…
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It was August 1992, and Fergie and Andrew had separated after six years of marriage, but not formally divorced. Fergie had been on holidays in the south of France with her American “financial adviser”, John Bryan.
A paparazzi photographer snapped Bryan apparently sucking her toes, while she was sunbathing topless.
The photos were sold to the British tabloids. On the day they were published, Fergie was staying at Balmoral with the Royal Family. It must have made for rather awkward conversation over the dining table.
The Daily Star said the British people were fed up with the “frolics of Fergie”.
“It’s one thing to be a troubled wife with marriage problems,” the newspaper sniped.
“It’s another thing to be a trollop.”
Fergie has claimed on several occasions that Bryan wasn’t actually sucking her toes.
“He was pretending to try the slipper on my foot and I was Cinderella,” she said.
But the damage was done. Fergie was exiled from Balmoral. And her reputation with the Royals never quite recovered.
THE WEIGHT WATCHERS GIG
In need of an income after her divorce – and finding that writing children’s books wasn’t lucrative enough – the Duchess of York decided on a new way to bring in the bucks. She signed deals to spruik Wedgwood china and, more controversially, Weight Watchers.