Ouch. Seems the royal family is just as fraught and dysfunctional a family as any other. Duchess Sarah Ferguson (the original Fergie), who to refresh your memory was previously married to the Queen’s second son Prince Andrew, and is mother to Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, has apparently been denied an invite to a second wedding reception at the nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle later this month.
The Duchess, who, let’s just say has had tense relations with her former in-laws over the years, is invited to the main wedding and a first general reception, but will not be welcome at a second more intimate gathering of 250 guests hosted by Prince Charles later in the evening. Given that she’ll be attending earlier festivities along with her former husband and two daughters, who have been invited to the second reception, the gesture seems particularly cutting.
This isn’t the first time there’s been some serious shade thrown the Duchess’ way. Her invite to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding back in 2011 was famously lost in the post, so we already know there’s bad blood, but it appears Harry insisted on having his former auntie’s presence on account of his closeness with cousin Eugenie. We get that wedding guest lists bring up all sorts of family drama and politics, and obviously a royal guest list is no exception, what with the entire world scrutinizing every detail.
Fergie was officially part of the clan from 1986 until 1996, and though she’s remained close with Andrew, she was caught in the act offering tabloid newspaper access to her former husband in exchange for £500,000 ($872,000) back in 2010, which must have seriously burned some bridges. So for the most eagle-eyed royal watchers, maybe the real surprise is the fact that she’s been included in the day at all. But we appreciate Harry trying to put family first – regardless, let’s just hope all this drama doesn’t overshadow what’s sure to be a historic and special day.