Know the reason why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had invited Aunt Sarah Ferguson for their royal wedding!

Sarah Fergusson, the Duchess of York and ex-wife of Prince Andrew, the second son of Queen Elizabeth II was one of the invitees for the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. But she was absent from the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Sarah Fergusson was at the royal wedding

Sarah Fergusson was seen at the royal wedding this May. She had a head-turning look. She was in a navy form-fitting dress which had a pink piping. The dress designed by a Windsor-based designer named Emma Louise Design had a low-cut. She also had worn the royal traditional headpiece which was a navy and black mesh headpiece. She came in alone and was seen enthusiastically waving to the assembled crowd there.

Source: Daily Express (Sarah Fergusson at the royal wedding 2018)

While being seated, it was noticed that Sarah Fergusson’s allotted seat was all the way on the other side of the aisle. Her daughters, Beatrice and Eugenie did not know where she was. Beatrice who was seated with father Prince Andrew was seen asking her father as to where mother was.

Sarah Fergusson’s scandals

When Sarah Fergusson got married to Prince Andrew, people thought that it was a great union as she was more wild and free than the other royals. But soon, paparazzi uncovered a lot of her true self and she was shunned by the royal family. The divorce happened and she also made headlines for money woes.

Sarah Fergusson had married Prince Andrew in 1986. The couple has two daughters; Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice. In 1992, Sarah was caught with her financial advisor in a compromising position.

Source: Daily Express (Sarah Fergusson and Prince Andrew)

She was vacationing in South of France at that time. Paparazzi had photographed the advisor sucking her toes. The same year, divorce was announced by Sarah and Andrew.

Sarah had tried to sell access to Prince Andrew to an undercover reporter. The reporter had posed as a foreign businessman and stated that he was interested in accessing information about Andrew. Sarah agreed and stated that she would help if given $ 600000. Sarah later defended that Andrew was aware of the meeting and that she felt ‘devastated by the situation’. No one including the royals believed her explanation and shunned her.

Why did Prince Harry invite her?

Sarah Fergusson was a close friend of Prince Harry’s late mother Lady Diana. Harry had grown up with her as an aunt and had fond memories of those days. The royal historian, Victoria Howard stated:

“Harry grew up with her as an aunt so it makes sense for her to be there,”

Source: Hellomagazine (Sarah and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle)

Sarah was one of the 600 guests for the royal wedding but her name was missing from the post-wedding private evening party. Makes sense!

But Prince William and Kate were not comfortable calling her for their wedding and hence avoided it. Her scandalous past and bad blood with some of the royal family members were too much for Prince William and Kate to handle at that time and hence they did not extend an invitation to her at their wedding. Prince Harry is also more close to her daughters than Prince William ever was.

Source: Evoke (Sarah with youngest daughter Princess Eugenie)

The next royal wedding would be that of Princess Eugenie and her boyfriend of many years Jack Brooksbank.