prince andrew‘s ex-wife Sarah Ferguson she hasn’t spent Christmas with the royal family since she and the Duke of York parted ways three decades ago. Now in a move no one saw coming, King Charles III She reportedly decided to invite her ex-sister-in-law to Sandringham to spend the holidays with the rest of the royals.
This is why Charles grants Fergie a seat at the family dinner table after a 30-year absence.
Why was King Charles fighting with Sarah?
You’ve probably heard of the Duchess’s feud with her late former father-in-law, Prince Philip, but after their embarrassing toe-sucking scandal, Sarah and Charles weren’t on good terms. In fact, it was Charles who snubbed her a few years ago when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married.
Fergie was invited to the couple’s wedding at St. George’s Chapel, but not to the private reception hosted by her ex-husband and their daughters. Princess Beatrix and Princess Eugeniethey were because Charles didn’t want her there.
At the time a source said Sun that Charles wasn’t a fan of Sarah and going back to her siding with Princess Diana years ago, explaining, “Charles isn’t cool with Fergie. He can’t really stand her. They don’t get along personally. There’s a lot of baggage because he feels like she sided with Diana over Camilla.”
The reason the King invited the Duchess to Christmas this year
So why now, after all this time, has King Charles invited the Duchess of York to Sandringham?
According to Sun: “Andrew is banned from public life but you can’t ban him from family Christmas. Sandringham staff are tasked with preparing Wood Farm for the entire York family.”
Regarding Sarah, the source added: “When she was separated from Andrew, Sarah was never allowed to be on family Christmas Eve or Christmas Day while Philip and the queen were alive. For 30 years she used to have christmas dinner alone. But things are being done differently now.”
Royal commentator Robert Jobson said: “By inviting her to spend the holidays in the royal fold, King Charles shows us what Christmas is all about: family and forgiveness.”
Royal expert Phil Dampier agreed, calling the invitation an indication that Charles is “forgiving and kind”. he told the daily mail: “[Andrew] he is still a member of the family and by inviting his ex-wife Fergie it seems that Charles is being lenient and kind. Andy and Fergie’s daughters have grown up and have children of their own, so it makes sense that everyone is invited, including the Duchess of York.”
An invitation would not have been extended if Prince Philip was still alive
While King Charles is willing to work out his differences with Sarah, Dampier believes this invitation “would never have happened while Prince Philip was alive.”
It’s no secret that the Duke of Edinburgh he also quarreled with the duchess. At one point, Queen Elizabeth pardoned her ex-daughter-in-law, but Philip didn’t soften much about how he felt about Sarah after her toe-sucking scandal and her inability to keep her name out of the headlines. throughout the years.
Prince Philip died on April 9, 2021. Queen Elizabeth II died 17 months later, on September 8, 2022.