Fergie’s back – dashing Duchess makes most of her royal reprieve
SARAH Ferguson returned to the bosom of the royal family la last night, seated in the front r row for the wedding of her d daughter Princess Eugenie.
The Duchess of York (left), k known as “Fergie”, sat next to P Prince Andrew and in front of th the Queen as she watched Eug genie exchange vows with Ja Jack Brooksbank.
Prince Philip, who report- edly still has a grudge against the Duchess 22 years after she was divorced from Prince Andrew, sat behind her, a scene that was once unthinkable.
The Duchess jumped out of the car on arrival and rushed to the crowd, hugging onlookers and shaking hands.
She heaved a sigh of relief and puffed out her cheeks as she took her place in the pews.
The vivacious redhead was hailed as a breath of fresh air when she married Prince Andrew in 1986, but the marriage quickly fell apart and they were divorced 10 years later.
Photographed topless having her toes sucked by her financial adviser, Sarah was ostracised by the royals and fell further from favour when she was caught in a newspaper sting accepting a bribe for access to her ex-husband.
She was in danger of going bankrupt but Prince Andrew paid off her debts and, in 2008, she moved back into Royal Lodge at Windsor and the pair remain firm friends.
She attended Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding in May, but sat alone on the “non-royal’’ side of the chapel.
She was seen at this year’s Royal Ascot races, curtsying and laughing with the Queen, and last night was firmly back in the fold – at least as far as public appearances go.
This time, as mother of the bride, she had a central role, sitting at the front of the church between Princess Beatrice and Prince Andrew.