Sarah Ferguson was snubbed by the royal family on Christmas day, including her daughters and their families, as she spent the day alone three miles down the road at Royal Lodge.
- Sarah Ferguson wasn't welcomed to nearby Christmas festivities despite her entire extended family being there.
- It's claimed that over the years, Prince Philip put his foot down about her attending any events.
- In other royal news, Queen and senior royals concerned by security changes as crossbow intruder breaches Windsor Castle
It's believed that Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, spent her first Christmas day as a grandmother solo while her family had lunch with the Queen at Windsor Castle. According to sources, she spent her time three miles down the road in Royal Lodge.
This news is in the wake of Sarah Ferguson saying she's the 'most persecuted woman' in the royal family, and according to reports, she may be onto something.
According to the Express (opens in new tab), relations between Prince Philip were frosty before he passed in April 2021. The publication even goes as far as to say that the Queen's late husband, "could not stand to have his former daughter-in-law, 62, in the same room as him unless absolutely necessary."
Considering his passing, it was believed that her Majesty would put the kybosh on any former restraints to Christmas celebrations. Especially as the Duchess of York has previously claimed that the Queen is 'more of a mother' to her former daughter-in-law Sarah Ferguson than her own was.
However, in light of the COVID 19 related last-minute change from Sandringham House to Windsor Castle, the royal family's festive plans were changed. Even Prince William and Kate Middleton's travel plans changed this Christmas—so there are all manner of reasons why she might not have attended the event.
Also, considering their home being only down the road, chances are that her family split their day between the two residences.
Prince Andrew and Sarah, who divorced back in 1996, once called Sunninghill Park in Ascot, home. But after the breakdown of their marriage, the couple eventually sold their marital home to a billionaire who demolished the property and re-built a new manor house on the plot of land.
Prince Andrew and Fergie now live in a royal residence that has been in his family for over a century—Royal Lodge. Royal Lodge is now the official residence of The Duke of York.
It's also infamously the site where legal papers pertaining to Prince Andrew being sued for alleged sexual assault by Virginia Giuffre are claimed to have been delivered.
Buckingham Palace has categorically denied Giuffre had any contact with the Queen's second youngest son, dismissing the accusations as "false and without foundation." Now, the mother-of-three is suing Prince Andrew for sexual assault and battery.
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