Home Entertainment Royal snub: Princess Margaret’s cutting Sarah Ferguson comment revealed – Express

Royal snub: Princess Margaret’s cutting Sarah Ferguson comment revealed – Express

Royal snub: Princess Margaret’s cutting Sarah Ferguson comment revealed – Express

SARAH FERGUSON was infamously frozen out of the Royal Family when she and Prince Andrew split – and Princess Margaret had a particularly cutting comment when news of the Duke and Duchess of York’s divorce emerged, according to a royal expert. 

Sarah Ferguson – affectionately known as Fergie – and Prince Andrew married in their spectacular royal wedding in 1986. However, the Duchess of York faced a rocky royal career and, by the time she and the Duke divorced in 1996, she was largely frozen out of the Royal Family. The Daily Mail’s royal correspondent Richard Kay, writing  in 2016, explained how the Queen‘s sister Princess Margaret did not hold Fergie in high regard and had a particularly cutting comment when she heard the news of the Yorks’ divorce.

Mr Kay wrote: “Princess Margaret’s attitude to Fergie was unequivocal. 

“Her chauffeur David Griffin was driving her to RAF Northolt when news came through that the Duke and Duchess of York were divorcing. 

“‘Poor Andrew,’ remarked Margaret to a companion in the back of the car. ‘Thank goodness he’s got rid of that dreadful woman.’”

Mr Kay continued: “Remarkably, even with the Duchess being ‘non grata’ at court – and excluded from Christmas at Sandringham – the Queen never allowed it to affect their personal ties.”

Princess Margaret; Sarah Ferguson

Princess Margaret; Sarah Ferguson (Image: Getty)

Sarah Ferguson and Princess Margaret

Sarah Ferguson and Princess Margaret in 1987, left, and Royal Ascot 1991 with the Queen (Image: Getty)

Her Majesty remained famously fond of her erstwhile daughter-in-law, and reportedly even snuck away to share festive sherries with Fergie when the Duchess was relegated to the gate house at Sandringham.

Royal correspondent Judy Wade, in the documentary “Downfall of a Duchess”, recounts another anecdote about Princess Margaret that demonstrates her attitude to the Duchess of York. 

Their initially friendly relationship had soured, Ms Wade explains in the YouTube film.

In the hope of reviving their friendship, Fergie sent the Princess a bouquet of flowers.

READ MORE: How Princess Margaret complained about ‘unbearable’ final days

Sarah Ferguson and Princess Margaret

Sarah Ferguson and Princess Margaret at Trooping the Colour 1991 (Image: Getty)

They were promptly returned, with a note reading:  “How dare you send me flowers? Have you ever considered what damage you’ve done to the Royal Family?

Ms Wade commented: “I thought that was the worst example of a pot calling a kettle black in history.”

She adds: “Princess Margaret was notorious for her behaviour.

“It was totally out of keeping with her position.


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Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew timeline

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“It was totally out of keeping with her position.

“Margaret was cruelly unfair to do such a thing when it was a kind gesture from Sarah.

“I think that indicates exactly how the Royal Family treats someone who steps out of line – except if they’re born royal.”


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