The surprising member of the Royal Family calling for ‘forgiveness’ and ‘family unity’ this Christmas

A member of the Royal Family wrote a powerful message in their Christmas card urging recipients to 'keep forgiving people'...

Member of the Royal Family calling for ‘forgiveness’ revealed. Seen here the British Royal family stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace
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There is a surprising member of the Royal Family calling for “forgiveness” and “family unity” this Christmas as they prepare for a significant festive period. 


For many people the festive period is a time for family and all eyes will likely be on the Royal Family this December as they prepare to mark King Charles’ first Christmas as monarch and the first since Queen Elizabeth’s passing. It will also be the first Christmas hosted at Sandringham in Norfolk since 2019 and although reports have suggested King Charles’ Christmas plans could be “up in the air” and it’s not confirmed exactly who might join him, it’s been speculated that one familiar face could have an invite in 2022.  

Earlier this year it was suggested that Sarah Ferguson was to join the Royal Family at Sandringham this Christmas for the first time in many decades. And the Duchess of York is the surprising member of the Royal Family calling for “forgiveness” and “compassion” amid a challenging few weeks.  

Sarah Ferguson attends "The Son" red carpet at the 79th Venice International Film Festival

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Even if Sarah Ferguson doesn’t end up joining the Royal Family in Norfolk for the festive period, her Christmas message is all about family. Opening up to Hello! (opens in new tab), the Duchess of York spoke about a recent visit with refugees from Ukraine, who are part of a choir for the blind from Kharkiv’s Special Training Educational Complex. 

She accompanied them on a magical visit to Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland in London and many of the choir members won’t be with their families this Christmas. During her interview, she got candid about how “family unity” is so important. 

“I really think the most important thing is family unity, forgiveness, love and kindness," Sarah declared. "On my cards this year, I have written about the need to communicate, compromise and have compassion. Keep forgiving people and never judge anyone. Everyone is entitled to be themselves on every level."

The plea for “compassion” is of course incredibly significant as a message to any recipient of her cards, but it could also be seen as very heartfelt given the scrutiny surrounding the Royal Family in recent weeks. The release of Prince Harry and Meghan’s Netflix docuseries has sparked more speculation about their relationship with the royals and Prince Harry opened up about talks with senior royals that he claimed was “very terrifying” to him. 

The day part 2 of Harry & Meghan was released, King Charles, Queen Consort Camilla and many others put on a united front at Kate Middleton’s Christmas carol service on December 15. This included Sarah’s daughters as Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice dispelled feud rumors and joined their family at the festive service too. 

Princess Beatrice of York, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank attend the 'Together at Christmas' Carol Service

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With all eyes on the Royal Family at this challenging time, Sarah Ferguson’s declaration that everyone should “keep forgiving people and never judge anyone” could be seen as especially important and telling. It might possibly be a sweet message for both the Sussexes and the wider Royal Family and they could have been recipients of her Christmas cards. 

Either way, her festive message is very heart-warming as fans prepare to see which royals come together this Christmas. 

Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with six years of experience working in digital publishing. Her specialist areas including literature, the British Royal Family and knowing all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and every streaming service out there. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, you can find Emma cooking and watching yet more crime dramas.