Sarah Ferguson Refused to Attend Princess Diana’s 10th Anniversary Memorial Service

by Jeremy Spirogis
Princess Diana And The Duchess Of York Stand Together As They Watch A Polo Match In Windsor, Berkshire

Though it’s not usually discussed now, Princess Diana and Sarah, Duchess of York have been as soon as very shut. The ladies have been fourth cousins who’d grown up collectively. Though they misplaced contact for a time, when the princess was gearing as much as marry Prince Charles, they turned fairly shut as soon as once more, with Princess Diana ultimately introducing Prince Andrew to the duchess.

The Duchess of York has usually spoken about how a lot she adored her friend. In truth, Princess Diana was a guiding mild for the duchess when she entered into the British royal household. Though the royals appeared to embrace the duchess greater than the princess, ultimately the 2 ladies bonded over their chronically sad marriages.

Still, on the finish of Princess Diana’s life, the ladies had a falling out that they by no means have been capable of restore. Unfortunately, the duchess relationship with the royal household additionally deteriorated a lot in order that she didn’t attend Princess Diana’s 10th-anniversary memorial service.

Princess Diana And The Duchess Of York Stand Together As They Watch A Polo Match In Windsor, Berkshire
Princess Diana And The Duchess Of York Stand Together As They Watch A Polo Match In Windsor, Berkshire | Tim Graham Photo Library through Getty Images

Princess Diana and Sarah Ferguson weren’t talking when the princess died

By the mid-90s, Princess Diana and the Duchess of York have been now not talking. During their time inside the royal household, there had all the time been a little bit of a rivalry between the ladies. Princess Diana advised biographer Andrew Morton, that the Duchess of York “wooed everybody in this family and did it so well. She left me looking like dirt.” She even mentioned that her ex-husband Prince Charles advised her, “I wish you would be like Fergie—all jolly.”

However, their true falling out got here as a result of the duchess’ autobiography, My Story: Sarah Duchess of York. In the e book, the duchess wrote that the princess had generously given her a number of pairs of sneakers, “and less happily her plantar warts.”  Clearly Princess Diana didn’t discover this amusing.

“Because we were like siblings… we rowed,” the duchess advised Harper’s Bazaar after Princess Diana’s dying. “And the saddest thing, at the end, we hadn’t spoken for a year.”

Sarah Ferguson has a strained relationship with the British royal household

By the time the duchess and Prince Andrew divorced in 1996, the Duchess of York was already being shunned by the royal household. In 1992, the duchess was photographed topless with oil tycoon, John Bryan. Bryan was additionally sucking her toes within the photos.

Prince Charles reportedly nonetheless isn’t keen on the duchess.  “It’s stupid to say that the Duke of Edinburgh has any issue with Andrew and Fergie’s relationship,” an insider advised The Sun. “He really doesn’t care anymore, on any level. He stands in for Prince Philip every now and then since his retirement but the truth is his official role as the Duke of York is severely limited. The Queen is relaxed because of her personal affection towards Fergie, despite the Duchess’s previous bad behavior. Charles is not OK with Fergie. He can’t stand her in reality.”

The Princess of Wales and the Duchess of York on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Trooping the Colour ceremony, June 1991. The Princess is wearing a Catherine Walker suit and Philip Somerville hat.The Princess of Wales and the Duchess of York on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Trooping the Colour ceremony, June 1991. The Princess is wearing a Catherine Walker suit and Philip Somerville hat.
The Princess of Wales and the Duchess of York on the balcony of Buckingham Palace throughout the Trooping the Colour ceremony, June 1991. The Princess is carrying a Catherine Walker swimsuit and Philip Somerville hat. | Jayne Fincher/Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images

Sarah Ferguson refused to attend Princess Diana’s memorial service

By 2007, the 10th anniversary of Princess Diana’s dying, issues have been nonetheless strained between the duchess and the royals. So a lot so, that the duchess didn’t attend the memorial service.

“She had not been on a royal guestlist for some years and it has been made clear that the family do not want her to attend royal events,” a friend of the duchess’ advised Daily Mail on the time. “She has been excluded from many family events and it makes her feel uncomfortable on such occasions. She understands that and it made it easier for her to come to the decision to stay away. Even though she was one of Diana’s closest friends within the Royal Family and not a day goes by when she does not think about Diana, she has turned down the invitation. She was grateful to be asked but feels it would not be right to go to it.”

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