Fergie’s back – dash­ing Duchess makes most of her royal re­prieve

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS -

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.

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