Sarah Ferguson has broken her silence after being rejected by King Charles for an invitation to a coronation.
It was reported last week that the Duchess of York will not be attending next month’s coronation – despite the fact that Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie will be there.
Experts claimed King Charles decided not to invite Sarah Ferguson to the historic event because she is an ’embarrassment’ and is no longer a member of the Royal family.
And while Sarah hasn’t yet commented on the news, yesterday she shared a series of tweets in support of a friend’s charity expedition on Everest.
She posted, “This is my friend John Chart’s last trek. John, who suffers from #MotorNeuroneDisease, is climbing Everest to raise awareness about ALS and the need for more research.
Sarah Ferguson has broken her silence after being rejected by King Charles for an invitation to a coronation
It was reported last week that the Duchess of York is not expected to attend the coronation next month – despite the fact that Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie will be there
“Support John by donating to find and share a cure.”
In a follow-up tweet, she shared a photo of John holding a Little Red doll, a character from one of her children’s books.
She wrote, “Little Red and team are by his side every step of this challenging journey. #MND #Consciousness.’
Yesterday she was seen for the first time since news broke that she would not be attending the coronation.
She made a solemn figure when she was seen leaving the Royal Lodge at Windsor following her disapproval of the coronation.
The 63-year-old Duchess of York was seen in the passenger seat of a Range Rover driven by her ex-husband Prince Andrew.
The mother-of-two was dressed casually in a tan blazer, shirt and black round glasses.
Meanwhile, Prince Andrew, 63, wore a navy blue jumper over a red shirt as he 4×4 out of the complex.
Royal commentator Tom Bower previously told MailOnline that Sarah had excluded herself because of her previous “behavior”.
He added that her presence would “provoke critical comments that Charles does not need.”
And king expert Richard Fitzwilliams praised the king’s “extremely wise” decision as it has “embarrassed the royal family for years.”
Sarah shared a tweet online in support of a friend’s charity draw who climbed Everest last weekend
Meanwhile, the Duchess also shared a photo of her friend walking in the mountains carrying a little red doll, a character from one of her children’s books.
But the apparent decision has taken some royal viewers by surprise — with Meghan Markle’s friend Omid Scobie tweeting, “If true, this feels kind of cruel, doesn’t it?”
Speaking of Sarah’s absence, Mr Bower said she will be left out ‘because she is not a member of the royal family’.
He added that she had excluded herself “because of her past conduct” and said: “Her presence would provoke critical remarks that Charles does not need.”
One of Sarah’s most embarrassing moments was when photos were published showing her toes being sucked by her financial advisor John Bryan at her vacation villa in St. Tropez, while also showing them kissing, hugging and frolicked in the pool.
She also reportedly had a split with her once close friend, Princess Diana, after she claimed she developed verrucas after borrowing a pair of her shoes. They were reportedly still not talking at the time of Diana’s death in 1997.
And in 2010, she apologized after being secretly admitted and offered to sell access to Andrew in exchange for £500,000.
Mr Fitzwilliams told MailOnline: ‘The decision not to invite Sarah Ferguson is extremely wise and should be applauded. She has been an embarrassment to the royal family for years.
She gives embarrassing interviews over and over again, there seems to be no end to it.
“Sometimes a dignified silence is required, which she seems incapable of.”
Sarah attended the Queen’s funeral at Westminster Abbey last September but was not one of 30 guests for Prince Philip’s funeral in April 2021.v
Speaking of Sarah’s absence, royal expert Tom Bower said she will be left out ‘because she is not a member of the royal family’
Last month, during a conversation with Glamor editor Samantha Barry, Sarah revealed she didn’t receive an invite to the coronation — joking that it was “TBD” whether she’d eventually go
Sarah, Duchess of York (centre, left) posted a photo of her with Prince Andrew (centre, right) and their daughters Princess Eugenie (far right) and Princess Beatrice (far left) in May 2020
She was not invited to Prince William and Kate’s wedding in 2011, saying she went on holiday to Thailand instead – but did attend Harry and Meghan’s wedding at St George’s Chapel in Windsor in May 2018.
Speaking of the coronation, one of Sarah’s friends told the Independent: ‘She is very supportive of Charles and Camilla and doesn’t want this to be about her.
“The whole day revolves around the new king and the success of his reign, but she has always defended the royal family and no doubt the queen would have wanted her to be there.”
Her lack of invitation to the coronation comes despite Andrew turning up at the Easter service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, although her ex-husband is still barred from most of life within the royal family.
Sarah herself has also enjoyed something of a renaissance in recent months, having been invited to join King Charles and other senior royals at Sandringham for Christmas, as well as looking after the late Queen’s corgis.
She was also a favorite of the late Queen and they were known to spend a lot of time together, including walks in Windsor Park.
They knew each other before Sarah’s marriage to Andrew because her father Major Ronald Ferguson was the royal polo manager.
Last month, while talking to Glamor editor Samantha Barry, Sarah revealed she didn’t receive an invite to the coronation — jokingly saying it was “TBD” whether she’d eventually go.
The invitations haven’t gone out yet. Do they have?’ she asked when asked if she plans to go.
Sarah also insisted a lack of invitation didn’t bother her, saying: “Well I’ve decided it’s best to be British around a coronation – although I’ve never been there – I think we should , I’d like a tea room at the end of the driveway with flags and pastries.’