Fergie marks milestone 60th birthday
Sarah, Duchess of York – the ex-wife of the Duke of York – is celebrating with family and friends.
Sarah, Duchess of York is celebrating her 60th birthday.
The ex-wife of the Duke of York and the mother of princesses Beatrice and Eugenie is understood to be marking her milestone quietly with family and friends.
Andrew has, however, faced a storm of controversy in recent months over his links to paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein.
Buckingham Palace and the duke have strongly denied the accusations.
Sarah, who spent years as an outcast from the royal family following her split from Andrew, took centre stage at her younger daughter Eugenie’s high profile Windsor wedding last year.
Eugenie’s wedding in October 2018 was believed to be the first time the duchess and her former father-in-law the Duke of Edinburgh had been pictured together in 26 years after she was cast out from the royals amid her “toe sucking” scandal in the 1990s.
Paparazzi photos of a topless “Fergie” having her feet kissed by her “financial adviser” John Bryan paved the way for her exit from the royal family, and Philip is said to have never forgiven the duchess for the scandal.
The duchess was born Sarah Ferguson on October 15 1959, and her father Major Ronald Ferguson was the Prince of Wales’s polo manager.
She married Andrew on July 23 1986 at Westminster Abbey, with millions tuning in to watch the televised ceremony.
She once confessed: “I was hopeless from the start…They could never make me the perfect princess.”
She endured cruel ridicule in the press over her weight, was criticised for the number of holidays she took, and also fell deeply into debt, owing millions.
She split from Andrew, but they remained “bestest” friends, with the duchess describing herself as being part of “the happiest divorced couple in the world”.
She was filmed by The News of the World newspaper promising to introduce an undercover reporter posing as a wealthy businessman to Andrew, who was then the UK’s special representative for international trade and investment.
The footage showed the former royal telling the journalist: “£500,000 when you can, to me, open doors.”
In March 2011, she found herself in trouble again.
When Prince William married Kate Middleton in Westminster Abbey in 2011, the duchess was left off the guest list.
She was invited to Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle in May 2018, but was seated well out of view of the royals near the choir.
But five months later, Fergie was finally back in the royal fold when Eugenie married wine merchant Jack Brooksbank.
The duchess has become known for her over the top tweets, and declared after Beatrice’s engagement “I know what a mother feels so I have tears of joy. I am so proud of this sensational news. Andrew and I are just the luckiest people ever to have two great sons in law”.
She last week revealed she has had considerable cosmetic surgery, including different forms of facelift.
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