Sarah Ferguson opens up on not being invited to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding

The Duchess reflected on the last decade

Princess Eugenie, Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York and Princess Beatrice hold hands in the parade ring on day 4 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 19, 2015 in Ascot, England.
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The Duchess of York, Sarah “Fergie” Ferguson has opened up on the past decade of her life, including her thoughts on not being invited to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s 2011 wedding.

Over the past decade, Fergie’s presence at major events has been limited, but it seems she has no hard feelings today. In an interview with Town & Country, she revealed that she felt she wasn’t “worthy” to have attended the couple’s wedding. 

“I didn’t think I was probably worthy to go to their wedding,” she says. Instead, she took herself to Thailand where she could “be far away from it” and “try and heal.” 

Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York and Princess Beatrice attend the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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During her daughter, Princess Beatrice’s secret wedding, Sarah was also absent from the photos due to the ongoing scandal that involved her ex-husband, Prince Andrew, and Jeffery Epstein. While certain scandals prevented her from attending significant royal events, the rift between her and the family has softened over the years as she was invited to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s 2018 wedding. The gesture meant a lot to her as she expressed her appreciation during an interview with Good Morning America.

“It was very kind of them, and I can’t thank them enough for doing that because it was nerve-wracking,” she said.

Today though, the 61-year-old has a new outlook on life and doesn’t look back at her past in regret, but acknowledges that it helped shape her into who she is today.

“It’s a very good moment, because I’m free,” she told Town & Country. “She’s still with me, that person who thinks she’s fat, ugly, and disgusting, and she still has to have her hair done to talk to you, but she’s now not so vocal. The truth is, I am 61 years old and I’m free of the self-­sabotaging Sarah.”

Instead, the Duchess has put energy towards other projects, including her new adult novel, which will hit shelves in August.

Rylee Johnston
Rylee Johnston

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