Monday 19 February 2018

Sarah, Duchess of York speaks of 'difficult' royal wedding snub

Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, appearing on Oprah Winfrey's talk show. Photo: AP
Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, appearing on Oprah Winfrey's talk show. Photo: AP

John Bingham

Sarah, Duchess of York has spoken publicly for the first time about being snubbed by the Royal Family over the guest list to the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

The Duchess, who was a close friend of Prince William’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, told a US talk show that it had been “difficult” not to have been invited.

In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, she said that she had gone to Thailand while the wedding was taking place.

Her daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, attended the Westminster Abbey service with their father, the Duke of York.

The two princesses attracted lively discussion in fashion forums for their striking choice of hats by Irish designer Philip Treacy.

The Duchess, who is to have her own show on Winfrey’s cable channel, is understood to have turned down a slew of lucrative offers from US television channels to offer commentary on the day of the wedding.

Her spokeswoman said in February that she had “never expected” to be invited.

In the interview, to be screened in America today, she admitted that she would have liked to have been with her daughters and former husband the Duke of York.

But despite the snub she paid tribute to Prince William saying that the late Diana, Princess of Wales "would be so proud of her son."

Last year, the Duchess was filmed by an undercover reporter posing as an Indian businessman offering access to her former husband, Britain’s trade ambassador, for £500,000.

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