She was once the Queen’s daughter-in-law, but Prince Andrew’s ex-wife Sarah Ferguson has been effectively blacklisted from the royal inner circle for the past two decades after shocking photos surfaced of another man sucking her toes. .
The Duchess of York, or Fergie as she is better known, was already separated from the Queen’s son Andrew when she was caught in a compromising position in 2002.
The couple officially separated in 2006 but appear to have had the most amicable divorce ever, living together in the 30-room Royal Lodge in Windsor’s Great Park.
Fergie, 62, has been Andrew’s most vocal and loyal supporter since the sexual assault allegations against him and his friendship with disgraced billionaire Jeffrey Epstein.
Prince Andrew, also 62, has always denied any sexual advances against him.
After the death of the monarch, the partners of the other children of the queen were seen at one or another mourning engagement.
Last Saturday, Anne, the Princess Royal, and her husband Sir Timothy Lawrence, as well as Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, were visiting flowers at Balmoral with their children.
Prince Andrei was there alone with his daughters.
Despite Fergie’s claim that she and Andrew are “soulmates” and that she was so close to the Queen that she considered her “more of a mother to me than my mother”, she was not invited.
Paying tribute to the Queen on her Instagram account last week, the Duchess of York said she was “heartbroken” by her death and thanked the monarch for being “the most incredible mother-in-law and friend”.
“I will always be grateful to her for the generosity she showed me by staying by my side even after my divorce,” she wrote.
“I will miss her more than words can express.”
If it’s true that the Queen, who was 96 when she died last Thursday, and the Duchess were still close, the monarch must have been a very forgiving person.
The toe sucking incident was just one of many scandals that Fergie has been involved in over the years.
Most of them are related to money.
In addition to accumulating significant debt after her divorce, she was caught in the trap of a tabloid press in 2010 who reportedly sold access to her ex-husband to a fake Indian businessman for £500,000 (A$850,000).
She later told American television presenter Oprah Winfrey that she was “in a ditch” at the time due to heavy drinking and heavy debt.
She denied that Prince Andrew knew about her meeting in advance.
Most recently, she received some bad press after she bought an $8.5 million stable in London as an “investment” for the couple’s daughters, despite constantly complaining about being poor over the years. .
This prompted a furious tirade from the man who sold the couple a ski chalet and had to sue them six years later to get his money.
The chalet has since been sold to recoup some of the costs of Andrew’s out-of-court settlement with his accuser Virginia Giffre.
In the past few years, Fergie was thought to be slowly returning to the royal circle when she was invited to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2018.
She was not on the guest list for the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in 2011.
She was also pictured next to Philip, Duke of Edinburgh for the official wedding photos of her and Andrew’s daughter Princess Eugenie in 2018.
Philip, who previously considered her his favorite daughter-in-law before the toe-sucking scandal, reportedly “couldn’t stand the woman”.
After his death at age 99 last year, it was thought this could be the moment Fergie would be allowed back into the herd.
But due to the packed list of guests for the funeral, it remains to be seen if Fergie will be there next Monday.
If not, she’ll have to make do with watching two royal corgis on TV that the Yorkies agreed to adopt after her death.
Originally published as Prince Andrew’s ex-wife Sarah Ferguson has not been seen since the Queen’s death.